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Caramel Pecan Shortbread

 Caramel Pecan Shortbread
My grandchildren look for Grandma's "candy bar cookies" every Christmas. I recommend doubling the recipe for these sweet treats because they go so fast. —Dorothy Buiter, Worth, Illinois
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 28 caramels
  • 6 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Pecan halves

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Beat in milk and vanilla. Combine flour and salt;
  • gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour

2 of 2

Caramel Pecan Shortbread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4-in.
  • thickness. Cut into 2-in. x 1-in. strips. Place 1 in. apart on
  • greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 325° for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove
  • to wire racks to cool.
  • For filling, combine caramels and milk in a large saucepan. Cook and
  • stir over medium-low heat until caramels are melted and smooth.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in the butter, sugar and pecans. Cool for
  • 5 minutes. Spread 1 teaspoon over each cookie.
  • For icing, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt chips and milk; stir until
  • smooth. Stir in the butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Cool for
  • 5 minutes.
  • Spread 1 teaspoon icing on each cookie; top each with a pecan half.
  • Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 4
  • dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 260 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 136 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.