Salted Caramel Butter Bars

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This salted caramel butter bars recipe is an easy and delicious dessert idea the whole family will love. With a buttery crust, salted caramel filling and crumbly topping this dessert recipe is easy to make. The crust recipe doubles as the topping, and you don't need any special tools or a candy thermometer to make as the caramels are premade. The filling recipe uses caramels, milk or cream, vanilla and coarse salt for its rich caramel flavor.

This salted caramel butter bars recipe uses a lot of vanilla in the mix, so it's a good idea to use a quality vanilla if you can as it will make a difference in the overall results. When it comes to baking dessert recipes with vanilla, there is more than one option. Vanilla options include pure vanilla extract, vanilla paste, and vanilla beans. You will also find a variety of infused vanilla syrups and vanilla sugar among other vanilla options. Most people rely on vanilla extract for their overall baking needs mostly because this variety is easy to find at most supermarkets and grocery stores and is also fairly inexpensive. Vanilla extract is made by the process of macerating vanilla beans in a mixture of alcohol and water. When buying vanilla extract you want to try and avoid the imitation varieties as they will have a weaker and sometimes tinny aftertaste. It's a good idea to spend a bit more for good quality vanilla. Vanilla beans are an option that is more expensive, but they offer more flavor and smell amazing in baked goods. Vanilla beans are an almost waxy dark brown pod that is filled with thousands of little brown flavorful specks. When buying any vanilla beans you want to make sure the beans are both plump and smooth, and never dry. Vanilla beans should smell highly fragrant and have a slight shine to them. The advantage to using vanilla beans is the way that the thousands of little black dots make an appearance and fleck throughout your dessert recipe. For lighter, and more fluffy dessert recipes such as cupcakes, white cakes, and muffins using vanilla beans offer the best flavor as it is so intense and it's nice to see the little black flecks in the finished dessert recipe is well worth it. Vanilla paste is the type of vanilla that comes in a jar and contains the scraped-out flecks of the vanilla pod, so you also get that super fragrant, sweet, speckled ingredient in a more convenient option. Using good quality vanilla in your dessert recipes can make a big difference in the overall taste of your dessert, the fragrance and the look of the recipe can also be enhanced because of the vanilla you use.

This is just one of the dessert recipes you will find on the Merlin Menu recipe site. On the site, you will find a wide variety of recipes from breakfast ideas, side dish, soups and salads, simple dessert recipes, muffins, pressure cooker, dinner ideas and so much more. **

Nutrition Facts for: Salted Caramel Butter Bars From The Merlin Menu
Ingredients: Butter, sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla, flour, caramel candies, milk, coarse salt.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for servings. * Per Serving: Calories 466, Calories from Fat 229, Total Fat 25.4g 39%, Saturated Fat 15.3g 77%, Cholesterol 63mg 21%, Sodium 578mg 24%, Potassium 99mg 3%, Carbohydrates 55.9g 19%, Dietary Fiber 0.8g 3%, Sugars 29.3g, Protein 4.8g, Vitamin A 14%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 5%, Iron 8%

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