Seeing these gooey caramel butter bars from The Galley Gourmet will induce an immediate craving for them. Gooey, salty, sweet, and buttery, there is little else you could ask for in a dessert. These buttery bars are perfect to bring to a potluck or a picnic. Once placed on the table, they are guaranteed to be devoured in minutes.
For the Crust
1 pound (16 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
For the Filling
2 bags (14-ounces each) caramel candies (about 100 individual caramels) unwrapped
2/3 cup half and half or heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-2 Tablespoons Bailey's Caramel liqueur (optional)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
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