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Nutty Caramel Bars

Nutty Caramel Bars

Nutty Caramel Bars

Nutty Caramel Bars
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Course: BarsDifficulty: Medium



Shortbread-type crust with a homemade caramel topping laden with your choice of nuts.


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, divided

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

  • 1 (12-ounce) can lightly salted mixed whole nuts or nuts of choice (pictured: pecans)


  • Make the crust:
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F and butter a 13″ x 9″ baking pan; set aside. In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat 1 cup butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour until well mixed; pat evenly into prepared pan. Bake until edges are brown and center looks dry, about 15 minutes. Remove to a wire rack.
  • Make the topping:
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, heat 1/2 cup butter with honey until butter is melted. Stir in brown sugar and bring to a boil. Boil without stirring for exactly two minutes, then remove immediately from heat. Stir in cream and nuts, then immediately spoon mixture evenly over the crust.
  • Bake:
  • Bake until caramel bubbles, about 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into 2″ x 2″ diamonds or squares.