SALTED CARAMEL STREUSEL BARS

Struesel makes everything better. Also, butter.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup salted caramel sauce, plus more for drizzling*

*Trader Joe's Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce is my favorite. But for something more widely available, Smucker's version will definitely get the job done.

HOW TO:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil and coat with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Scrape the sides of the bowl, and add in vanilla. Beat until well combined. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until just combined. If your dough seems overly sticky, add more flour. I needed an additional 1 to 2 tablespoons.
  4. Press about 1/3 of the mixture firmly into an even layer in the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Place the remaining dough in the refrigerator while you wait.
  5. Remove bottom crust from oven. Pour caramel sauce evenly overtop. Crumble remaining dough on top of caramel layer.
  6. Return to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is just beginning to brown and the caramel is starting to bubble.
  7. Remove from oven and drizzle with extra caramel sauce. Allow to completely cool before slicing. Top slices with a pinch of coarse salt, if desired.

Recipe via Averie Cooks