10+ Christmas Cookie Recipes featuring Salted Caramel Shortbread Bars
Need some new Christmas cookie recipes this year? Try one of these great recipes! Featuring salted caramel shortbread bars (that are dangerously delicious), be prepared for them to become a house favorite!
Now that it is officially December, I think it’s appropriate to have my mixing stand ready to use at all times, don’t you!? I love baking during the holiday season - I don’t worry about calories throughout the month of December, I have January for all that yucky stuff.
I have joined together with some of my friends from Instagram to bring you a delicious virtual cookie swap! Once you’re done with these salted caramel shortbread bars, just scroll down to visit my friend’s blogs to get their recipes!
These salted caramel shortbread bars are one of those recipes that I know I will keep going back to. They are so buttery and delicious and are actually quite easy to make, they just require a little babysitting while they’re being prepared! Here are a few tips for getting the perfect bars:
making Christmas shortbread:
Christmas shortbread is one of my favorite holiday treats! I love the combination of butter, sugar, and flour. I also like a pinch of salt in shortbread so I tend to use salted butter. The flaky, delicious cookie is the perfect base for these salted caramel shortbread bars!
Check out my Christmas shortbread cookie recipe for tips when making shortbread! For an extra light cookie, you can use powdered sugar, but this recipe works great with granulated.
When making shortbread, use cold butter and work the dough minimally. Shortbread is very similar to pie crust!
What if my caramel doesn’t “set”?
Caramel can be one of those temperamental things that scares people off from making it. Luckily this recipe is very easy and doesn't require a candy thermometer! The caramel recipe for these salted caramel shortbread bars is originally from this easy 4-ingredient soft caramel recipe.
When making this recipe, it is important to continuously whisk the caramel mixture while it is heating. This will provide even heat throughout the ingredients and will prevent burning. Don’t be tempted to walk away from the mixture while it simmers - the bottom will burn quickly!
It’s also important to use your best judgement when it comes to your caramel’s finish line. You will know it is getting close as it begins to thicken and pull away from the pan. The mixture will have reduced quite a bit and have achieved a beautiful caramel color.
If the caramel mixture isn’t pulling away from the sides of your pan, and is still light in color, give it a few minutes. My personal trick is that once I think the caramel is ready, I give it 2-3 more minutes just to be sure.
Looking for a caramel dipping sauce?
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
- 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
- 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
- sea salt
FOR THE SHORTBREAD
FOR THE CARAMEL
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