Salted Caramel Shortbread

5 Nov


From the first time I’ve known my good friend Lorraine I’ve always heard her talk about her carrot cake! Grrrr…no….no…no! I make the best carrot cake! One day before spin class started, we were quizzing each other on what we put in “our” carrot cake. It went something like this, “well do you put pineapple in your carrot cake?……do you put raisins in yours?” You would think we were like two high school girls competing over the title of being the Quarterbacks girlfriend! Despite our friendly competition, I’m glad God brought us together thru the love of food & fitness!

Then as you all know, I blew my back out. Darn it! Now I feel more guilty about eating my desserts. I can’t get my workout in to justify my guilty pleasures. Tears….tears…tears! I’m now a serious closet eater. Here is the scene…..It’s midnight, the boys are in bed…fork, cake and a glass of cold milk…..ahhhh we’re reunited once again!

Oh yah, back to Lorraine. She called me up asking if I would like some carrot cake. What nerve! Kick a girl when she’s down! (She was very sincere!) “Of course I would like to judge, I mean try your cake.” Lorraine came to my door with a WHOLE CAKE ON A PEDESTAL! Seriously! We chatted shortly, blah, blah, yah, yah, yah…thanks for the cake, good bye. I couldn’t wait to try the cake! I never even got a plate. I sat the layered cake on the counter limped over and got a fork. I picked the perfect spot to dive right in and….Oh My Goshhhhhh……delish! Fork full after fork full trying to figure out what’s in her’s compared to mine. It didn’t matter I was in carrot cake bliss! Ok, our carrot cakes are on equal playing fields!

F.Y.I, I didn’t eat the whole cake. We had a church potluck that I took it to. I cut out my part and gave away the rest. And everyone at church kept asking each other “do you know who made that carrot cake?” “Did you try the carrot cake? It’s soooo good!”

Now, that I got you all hungry for carrot cake, I will get to my actual recipe I’m sharing with you today. I love shortbread, love love love caramel, and who doesn’t love the combo of sweet and salty?! Seriously prove me wrong!!!! Just try…. Well, if there is one of you out there then try this recipe and you will soon be an addict like the rest of us on this planet!

Lorraine sent me this delectable recipe quite some time ago. People send me recipes all the time. I either try it out or forget about it, eekk…sorry! But this recipe I never have forgot. And it always helped getting a friendly reminder from Lorraine asking me if I made this recipe yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰ love that girl!

So here it is Lorraine.

Start with the bottom layer. The yummy shortbread. Cream together the butter, sugar & egg yolk. Make sure your butter is room temperature. I use my mixer for this step

Using your hands mix in the flour until you have large crumbles

20121104-074748.jpgPour in the prepared pan and press down firmly


20121104-074934.jpgBake for 20-25 min. Until golden, let cool

20121104-075139.jpgStart preparing caramel while the shortbread is cooling

I seriously don’t know why I continue to make molting hot sugar lava in a pan that is too small (I made this mistake with the Addicting Caramel Corn post) Bring to a boil for 5-10 minutes. Or, until it reaches temp. I don’t have a candy thermometer (chewed it up in the garbage disposal)

I never seen my mom use a thermometer. Nellie always used a glass of water to check what stage her candy or caramel was



20121104-081855.jpgAdd the vanilla and pour over the cooled shortbread. Now have patience my friend. Let cool in the fridge for about 3 hours. Twiddling my thumbs…..

20121104-082206.jpgOnce cooled remove from pan and cut into bite sized pieces

20121104-224816.jpgHere ya go Lorraine! I’m on my way over!

Salted Caramel Shortbread

Shortbread layer:
10 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg yolk
1-2/3 cups flour

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tsp sea salt, plus more for sprinkling on top
4 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp heavy cream
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Line an 8ร—8โ€ณ pan with parchment paper, leaving some hanging over the sides to make removal easier.

In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, and salt with a pastry cutter or fork. Add the egg yolk and continue mixing. I used my stand mixer for this part.

Add the flour and use your hands to combine the dough until coarse crumbs form. Transfer the dough into the prepared pan and press it down into one even layer.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 25 minutes, until slightly golden brown. Set aside to cool.

For the caramel, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, salt, sugar, and heavy cream. Bring to a boil and stir for about 5-10 minutes until caramel reaches the โ€œsoft ball stageโ€ at around 230 degrees.

Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and pour caramel over the shortbread.

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, then sprinkle with sea salt and cut into squares. Store caramels in the fridge until youโ€™re ready to eat them.

*Add nuts to the shortbread. If adding nuts to the caramel, add them after you are done making the caramel to the soft ball stage. Make sure the nuts are toasted first, better flavor that way!
*You could add orange zest to the shortbread for a twist in flavor.
*A drizzle of chocolate w/ pecans in the shortbread; hello turtle bite!

*recipe made for Lorraine, but adapted by: “What’s Gaby Cooking”


14 Responses to “Salted Caramel Shortbread”

  1. Forevermore 05/11/2012 at 7:26 am #

    Oh my gravy! It’s only 7a.m.- “normally”, the only time sweets don’t sound good….thx for nuthin’, Tahny AND Lorraine !

    • Tahny Lowry 05/11/2012 at 7:39 am #

      I thought of you Debi when I made these. I knew these would be right up your alley!

  2. Judy 05/11/2012 at 8:15 am #

    Seriously Tahny? Salt? Caramel? I’m in hog heaven just reading the post. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing your recipes and most important your loving self.

    PJ (Judy)

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Tahny Lowry 05/11/2012 at 8:20 am #

      I know!!! They are so yummy and easy. A great Christmas candy treat. Drizzle or dip in chocolate!

  3. LorraineJean (@LorraineJean) 05/11/2012 at 11:07 am #

    Tahny, I love you almost as much as my husband and children!!!! Thank you so much for making this recipe and sharing the spoils with me!!! So delicious…my daughter and I pigged out on them…we hid them from the boys!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I think maybe I can make this? Nellie, good to know you can just do the drop method to check doneness of candy! The whole candy thermometer thing scares me!!!

    Shortbread and caramel…it does not get much better than that!!! Pretty close to heaven!

    xoxoxoxox Lorraine

    • Tahny Lowry 05/11/2012 at 11:13 am #

      I’m so honored! Keep sending me recipes, I think we have the same flavor palette! ๐Ÿ™‚ a great team!

    • Forevermore 05/11/2012 at 12:51 pm #

      Amen, Lorraine!

  4. Nancy harris 05/11/2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Absolutely looks like it will become a fav of mine as well….salt and sweet…thumbs up

    • Tahny Lowry 05/11/2012 at 1:57 pm #

      You have always loved that flavor combo Nanho! Chocolate dipped potato chips….

  5. Forevermore 06/11/2012 at 6:53 am #

    Well, Tahny and Lorraine, thanks A LOT. What did I wake up, at 5:10am – maybe normal for Tahny, not for me – thinking about ………………………CARROT CAKE! Found some carrots I didn’t even remember (still fresh) downstairs. Working feverishly to make them into some kinda cowboy carrot dish I found in a recipe (to compliment the meal for a mending church friend) b4 they turn into a cake that I don’t have the will power to not eat! Forevermore! (and btw, who wants to make just any recipe now that we’ve been tantalized w/Lorraine and Tahny’s recipe!)

    • Tahny Lowry 06/11/2012 at 7:01 am #

      I would love to try your carrot cake ๐Ÿ˜‰ So would Lorraine am sure!!! Hahahaha! You always crack me up!!! I’m smelling a carrot cake cook-off…..!!!!!

      • Forevermore 06/11/2012 at 7:32 am #

        Well, jokes on u– I try a new cc recipe every time, in search of the perfect one. Might as well stop since u & Lorraine have already focus the best one ! HA!

  6. LorraineJean (@LorraineJean) 06/11/2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Forevermore (may I call you 4ev?)…how nice that Tahny inspired you to bake today! Winning them over, one cook at a time ๐Ÿ™‚
    Tahny might be time to post your carrot cake recipe…or is that top secret?????

  7. Forevermore 06/11/2012 at 7:17 pm #

    ๐Ÿ˜‰ , 4ev. Love it!

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