Chocolate caramel shortbread cookie bars

Buttery shortbread topped with ooey gooey caramel and silky ganache, these layer cookie bars will cure any cravings. Put your stretchy pants on, you’ll need them while devouring these rich chewy bars 
Buttery shortbread topped with ooey gooey caramel and silky ganache, these layer cookie bars will cure any cravingsI’ve been holding on to this recipe for a couple of weeks now. It may have been my selfish side or the fact that your tights will expand as you read the ingredient list. Butter on top of more butter, oozy gooey caramel, smooth chocolate spread and silky ganache. These bars are so rich it’s no surprise they go also by the name millionaire bars. Grab a glass of milk and some stretchy pans. You’ll know what you mean once you bite into one of these chewy cookie bars.

On the bright site, these rick cookie bars will go a long way since a small square will satisfy your cravings.

These are a lot of recipes for millionaire’s cookie bars, but mine has a twist that will make these bars even more irresistible. 

Chocolate caramel shortbread cookie bars

These cookie bars, just like the name suggests, start with a layer of buttery shortbread. Butter, sugar, flour and a touch of vanilla extract are pulsed together in the food processor until the dough comes together.

With your fingers and the back of a spoon press the dough evenly on the bottom of a baking pan. Bake until just golden.

That’s the easiest part of the recipe. Once the shortbread layer is out of the oven, you need to work as fast as possible.

For the first chocolate layer, I used Hershey’s chocolate spread. I spooned it in a ziploc bag, snipped the end and drizzled it all over the warm shortbread. With an offset spatula, gently spread it evenly. Set aside while baking the caramel layer. Chocolate caramel shortbread cookie bars The caramel layer is a little tricky. Of course, if you want to take a shortcut, you can use a can of store-bought can of dulce de leche (I prefer La Lechera from Nestle) but I’ve made my caramel from sweetened condensed milk, a touch of brown sugar and butter. There’s no big deal into making it, you just have to stay focused. No time to multi task or you’ll burn the caramel and the only thing you can do to save a batch of burned caramel is to start all over again and pay more attention. I may or may not talk from experience.

Once the caramel is done, quickly pour it over the chocolate layer and spree fit evenly.

The finishing touch is a two-tone chocolate ganache.

Chocolate caramel shortbread cookie bars recipe from Roxanashomebaking.com

I prefer dark chocolate for the ganache to balance the sweetness of the caramel layer, but you can also use semisweet chocolate. Additional you could use a pinch of fleur the del to sprinkle over the bars for a salty touch.

For the marble effect as soon as you poured the dark chocolate over the caramel layer,  drizzle the melted white chocolate and with a toothpick gently make some swirls.

Chocolate caramel shortbread cookie bars recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours

Yield: 24 bars

Chocolate caramel shortbread cookie bars recipe

Buttery shortbread topped with ooey gooey caramel and silky ganache, these layer cookie bars will cure any cravings

Ingredients

    Shortbread layer
  • 2 1/4 cups (270 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (70 grams) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (170grams) unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Chocolate layer
  • 1/2 cup Hershey's chocolate spread
  • Caramel layer
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 7 tbsp (100 grams) unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) light brown sugar
  • Chocolate ganche
  • 1 cup (160 grams) dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup (55 grams) white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 350F. Line a 13X9" baking pan with parchment paper, leaving about 1 inch of paper hanging on the sides.
  2. In a food processor add the shortbread ingredients. Pulse for about 1 minutes until the dough comes together and forms a ball.
  3. Remove the dough from the food processor and with your fingers press the dough evenly on the bottom of the prepared baking pan. With the back of the spoon, smooth it.
  4. Prick the shortbread with a fork all over and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until firm to touch and very light brown.
  5. Remove from the oven.
  6. Meanwhile, spoon the chocolate spread into a zilpoc bag and cut the corner.
  7. As soon as you remove the shortbread from the oven, drizzle the chocolate spread over it. The warmth of the shortbread will soften the chocolate spread making it very easier to spread with an offset spatula.
  8. Set the shortbread aside to cool for about 30-40 minutes.
  9. Once the shortbread is cooled down, it's time to make the caramel.
  10. In a medium saucepan, add the butter, brown sugar and condensed milk and heat gently stirring constantly. Bring to a boil.
  11. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring constantly, for about 5-7 minutes or until the mixture thickened and has turned a caramel color.
  12. Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate spread layer. Spread it evenly.
  13. Leave to cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours.
  14. To make the ganache, melt the dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Pour over the caramel layer. Immediately melt the white chocolate and drizzle over the dark chocolate layer.
  15. With a toothpick, gently marble the two chocolates.
  16. Let to set completely before cutting into bars.
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Happy Baking,

Roxana

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Comments

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks says

    Roxana they’re simply stunning! The swirling on top of course is gorgeous but then the precision of the layers, and so perfectly sliced. I can tell you took your TIME with these. Gorgeous recipe & images! Pinned

  2. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says

    That swirl on top is sooo gorgeous!!! I’m in awe, I can never make swirls look that pretty!!!

    and oooooh that caramel and chocolate on top of the crisp buttery shortbread, mmmm

  3. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says

    Millionaire bars are one of the desserts I grew up with, having that white chocolate swirl is absolutely stunning!! I must try that next time!

  4. Heather @ French Press says

    you make this sound totally doable – but I’m sure mine would not even come close to resembling your beauties

  5. Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain says

    Hi Roxana,
    Thanks for linking up to Cast Party Wednesday. I always enjoy your posts and your pictures are gorgeous! :)

  6. says

    I loved your Tip Me Tuesday link this week. {thanks girl!} Would you like Tip Junkie to feature your blog post to over 200,000 creative women? If you upload this blog post into your Tip Junkie craft room using at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL then I can easily feature it in my RSS feed, home page, and all my social networks instantly. {squealing with delight} ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}
    http://www.tipjunkie.com/post/how-to-add-a-craft-room-project-on-tip-junkie/

  7. Cindy Eikenberg says

    Roxana, these look absolutely incredible! Thank you so much for sharing them at Best of the Weekend – pinning and sharing this week! Hope you are having a happy Sunday and have a wonderful week ahead!

  8. Katie Goldsworthy says

    These don’t only look sooo goood, but they are beautiful! Thanks for linking them up at Monday Funday. Pinning to our board!

  9. Elaine says

    what is Hershey’s chocolate spread? Is it in the baking section? (please email me a reply – thank you)

    • says

      Hi Elaine,

      Hershey’s chocolate spread can be found in the peanut butter isle. It’s similar with Nutella or JIF chocolate spread.

  10. Donna says

    I made the Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Cookie Bars this past weekend for a baby shower. AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS! I even made the swirl design on top – presentation was beautiful. Probably one of the best desserts I have ever made. I made nine desserts for the shower and these bars were the first to disappear. I brought some to work and everyone went crazy over them. I had never made caramel before – easy and delicious. Great blend of flavors. Thank you so much!

  11. says

    I loved your Tip Me Tuesday link this week Roxana. {thanks girl!} Would you like Tip Junkie to feature your blog post to over 200,000 creative women? If you upload this blog post into your Tip Junkie craft room using at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL then I can easily feature it in my RSS feed, home page, and all my social networks instantly. {squealing with delight} ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}
    http://www.tipjunkie.com/post/how-to-add-a-craft-room-project-on-tip-junkie/

  12. says

    I can’t get over how gorgeous these are! I’m drooling just looking at them! The look and flavors of this dessert are so elegant. I’m sure these would get oohhs and ahhs at any celebration. I would definitely take the time to make these.

  13. Carol Soriano says

    What type of pan did you use? Was it as shallow as a cookie pan or deeper?
    Thanks going to make these soon.

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