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Salty Caramel & Chocolate Pecan Squares

Chilly weather means that I spend a lot more time inside than usual - something that I secretly enjoy as it usually means a hibernation from the hustle and bustle outdoors, cozy soft cashmere sweaters, plush blankets and of course more time in the kitchen. Happily, I enjoy cooking and baking with some tunes on during these months as it brightens even the most gloomiest of days. And every now and then, the cravings for a snack while watching a favorite TV show is a necessary indulgence. These salty caramel and chocolate pecan squares make for that perfect snack with a favorite cup of tea or even in between meals. What I like about these squares is that they are a nice blend of sweet and salty without being overly salty for there's just a little sprinkle of coarse sea salt on top - making this recipe an excellent cravings-buster.



2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup salted butter softened
1 cup pecan halves

Caramel Layer
2/3 cup salted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup real semi-sweet chocolate chips
Coarse sea salt (Optional)


* Pre-heat oven at 350. Combine all crust ingredients except pecans in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press onto bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan. Place pecans evenly over unbaked crust.

* Combine 2/3 cup butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until entire surface of mixture begins to boil. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Pour mixture evenly over pecans and crust.

* Bake for 18 to 22 minutes until entire caramel layer is bubbly. (Make sure to NOT OVERBAKE.) Remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips; allow to melt slightly. Swirl melted chips over the top. Top with coarse sea salt. Cool completely. Cut into squares.

1 comment:

  1. I love that you made homemade caramel - way better than melting down store caramels!