Gooey Christmas Bars


We aren’t really sure what the official name of these bars are but my Mom has been making them for Christmas over the past few years as they are a family favourite.  We have dubbed them “gooey bars”!  SO GOOD!  It’s a buttery shortbread crust with a caramel layer covered in dark chocolate!!!

This year Tabitha and I decided to make it for our “birthday cake” when we got together.  It definitely isn’t at all healthy and no I didn’t modify it any way (other than to make it gluten free) to make it any more nutritious….ye be warned…



1 cup + 4 tbsp butter

1/2 cup of white sugar

2 1/2 cups of all-purpose gluten free flour

Caramel filling:

1 cup of butter

4 tbsp corn syrup

1 cup brown sugar

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

Chocolate topping:

8 squared (1 box) of bakers dark chocolate


1. Mix together crust ingredients.  Press into 9×13 pan.  Bake at 350 F for 10-15 minutes, try to avoid browning.

2. Combine caramel ingredients in a pot, heat on low stirring frequently until it reaches a boil.  Boil for 5 minutes.  Stir well while boiling.  Set aside and let cool.  Spread over shortbread crust.

3. Melt chocolate over a double boiler.  Spread on top of caramel layer.

Refrigerate until hardened.  Slice into small squares.