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TAFFY APPLE SHORTBREAD BARS

Taffy Apple Shortbread Bars

TAFFY APPLE SHORTBREAD BARS

Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 20 Bars
Calories 143 kcal
Author Katerina | Diethood

Ingredients

For the Shortbread

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks of butter , softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Topping

  • 2 Granny Smith Apples , washed, cored and cut into 1/4-inch thick wedges
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • fresh lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 (14 ounces) bag Caramel Candies, unwrapped
  • 4 tablespoons butter , softened

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease a 9x9 pan with cooking spray and line with foil, leaving some foil to hang off the sides so you can lift out the bars. Set aside.
  3. Sift together the flour and salt, set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter with an electric mixer, then gradually add in the powdered sugar.
  5. Beat until smooth.
  6. Slowly add in the flour mixture. I use a large serving spoon and add in the flour spoon by spoon. Mix until incorporated.
  7. Spoon the dough into the prepared pan and press in the dough.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes.
  9. Take out the pan and let completely cool.
  10. In the meantime prepare the caramel topping.
  11. Place the sliced apples and peanuts in a bowl, pour in the freshly squeezed lemon juice, toss and set aside.
  12. Put the caramels and butter in a soup pot and melt, stirring frequently.
  13. As soon as the caramel has melted, remove from heat and stir in the apple mixture. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  14. Pour the caramel mixture over the shortbread crust and put in the fridge until caramel sets and the crust hardens. About 2 to 4 hours.
  15. Slowly remove the crust from the pan by holding onto the foil handles.
  16. Cut into bars and serve.

Recipe Notes

When cutting the bars you want to feel some resistance from the crust otherwise the cookie will break; the longer you let the crust sit in the fridge, the better results you will have when cutting it into bars.

WW SmartPoints: 6

Nutrition Facts
Taffy Apple Shortbread Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 83mg3%
Potassium 89mg3%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.