Ok, this recipe is a decided SPLURGE, but my sister-in-law Kari made these for our Christmas Eve family dinner and all 18 of us were raving about them (and having seconds!) It makes a huge batch, so it's easy to keep some in the fridge or freezer and just take them out when you need a chocolate fix. Recipe from www.ourcookingcafe.com
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 325. Beat together butter and sugar til smooth, add vanilla. Stir in flour and salt until smooth. Press into a sheet cake pan, about 12x16 (or close to those measurements.) Poke with a fork several times. (See photo below) Bake for about 22-25 minutes, or until just starting to brown. Remove and cool completely.
1 1/2 cups butter
1 1/2 cups sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
6 Tablespoons corn syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Place butter in a saucepan and melt over low heat. Stir in remaining ingredients except for vanilla. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook and stir over a low rolling boil for about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour caramel over shortbread layer. Place in the fridge or freezer to set.
3-4 cups milk chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons shortening
In a sauce pan over low heat, melt chocolate, stirring frequently. Stir in shortening until smooth then spread over caramel layer. Return to refrigerator to set, then cut into bars. Makes about 50 bars.
* Stack in an airtight container, separating the rows with layers of waxed paper. (See photo below)
* These are best kept in the fridge and set out a few minutes before you eat them.