Tasty Vittles - Chocolate Caramel Candy Bars

Servings: 64

3 Tbsp granulated sugar
12 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 Tbsp light corn syrup
1 tsp molasses
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1) Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat an 8-in. square baking pan with cooking spray. Line the pan with parchment, leaving a 3-in.overhang on two sides.

2) Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and 6 Tbsp butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour, mixing until fully incorporated. Using floured fingers, press the dough into the prepared pan. Bake until set and golden brown at the edges, 16 to 18 minutes.

3) Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan combine the condensed milk, corn syrup, molasses and 5 Tbsp butter. Stirring occasionally, bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Gently simmer, stirring, until slightly thickened and pale golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla and salt. Immediately spread the mixture over the crust. Refrigerate until set, 30 to 45 minutes.

4) Place the chocolate and the remaining Tbsp butter in a microwave-safe bowl; cook on high until beginning to melt, 30 seconds. Stir until the mixture is melted and smooth. Spread over caramel and refrigerate until it is set, about 30 minutes. Cut into 1-in. squares.


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