Flour – 2 cups
Granulated Sugar – 1 cup
Unsalted Butter (softened) – 2/3 cup + 2/3 cup
Light Brown Sugar – 1/2 cup
Walnuts (chopped) – 1 cup
Milk Chocolate Chips – 2 cups
Step 1: Making the Shortbread Base
Preheat your oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, combine your flour and granulated sugar, stirring until well mixed. Next, incorporate the softened butter using a fork, creating a delicate crumb-like texture.
Transfer this mixture into a parchment-lined baking pan, pressing firmly to form an even layer of shortbread base. Bake this in your preheated oven for 15 minutes, creating a beautiful golden crust.
Step 2: Preparing the Caramel
While the shortbread is baking, combine 2/3 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Over low to medium heat, melt the butter and sugar, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. When it starts bubbling, continue cooking for an additional 1-2 minutes to form a luxurious caramel.
Step 3: Assembly and Baking
Pour the hot caramel evenly over your pre-baked shortbread base. Sprinkle chopped walnuts generously across the caramel layer, pushing them slightly into the caramel. Return the pan to the oven, baking for an additional 13-15 minutes until the caramel layer is bubbling beautifully.
Step 4: Chocolate Topping
Immediately after removing the pan from the oven, sprinkle milk chocolate chips evenly across the hot surface. Let the residual heat soften the chocolate for about three minutes. Use a palette knife to smoothly spread the now-melted chocolate chips across the top, creating enticing swirls for visual appeal. Ineskohl.info
Let your pan of Turtle Caramel Squares cool completely. Thanks to the parchment paper, you can easily lift the entire dessert out of the pan. Cut it into even squares to reveal the enticing layers of shortbread, caramel, walnuts, and chocolate.
So there you have it – our incredibly delightful Turtle Caramel Squares. These treats will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but will also impress your family and friends. They’re the perfect blend of textures and flavors, with the buttery shortbread base, luscious caramel, crunchy walnuts, and creamy chocolate.