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Caramel Pear Bars

Ingredients

Cookie Bottom

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Caramel Topping

  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar- packed
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup quick cook oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pear - peeled cored & diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Coat 9x13 pan with cooking spray- set aside.
  3. In bowl of electric mixer- cream butter, sugar & vanilla.
  4. Add egg & beat until fluffy.
  5. Stir in salt.
  6. Beat in flour 1 cup at a time.
  7. Press dough evenly into pan.
  8. Bake 15 minutes or until just set & beginning to turn golden in color.
  9. Remove & let cool.

Prepare Caramel

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in saucepan.
  2. Add brown sugar, corn syrup & salt.
  3. Bring to a very low boil, stirring constantly.
  4. Let cook over very low heat, stir in oats, vanilla & pears.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Let sit to cool until thickened- about 10 minutes.
  7. Pour over shortbread in pan.
  8. Transfer to refrigerator & allow to completely cool before cutting- at least 2-3 hours.
  9. ( I was way too impatient with these & tried to remove before cool. It was a sloppy mess)

These would be great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.