Gooey Christmas Bars

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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…

Ingredients:

Crust:

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

Directions:

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.

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