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SALTED CARAMEL BUTTERY CRUMB BARS

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I love streusel or crumble toppings and the bigger the crumbles, the better. Throw in salted caramel, and you’re in for a wonderfully buttery and caramely treat. The bars are easy to make and you probably have everything on hand to make them now. The crust and topping are the same mixture, a nice time saver. Use Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce or thick storebought and not thin, runny, ice cream sundae sauce. Regular (non-salted) caramel sauce works too. As the bars bake, the caramel sauce intensifies in flavor, and it tastes richer, more buttery, and has a more intense caramel flavor. Biting through all the layers and getting a taste of the caramel filling is the best. Soft, chewy, and gooey all in one bite.
YIELD: one 8x8 pan, 9 to 12 generous squares PREP TIME: 10 minutes COOK TIME: about 50 minutes, divided TOTAL TIME: 3+ hours, for cooling

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened3/4 cup confectioners' sugar1/2 cup granulated sugar1 tablespoon vanilla extract2 cups a…

SALTED CARAMEL CANDIED PECAN CARMELITAS

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Carmelitas are one of the most heavenly, decadent desserts that will ever pass your lips. It's an easy, one bowl, no mixer recipe that starts with a buttery, brown sugar, and oatmeal crust. The crust also doubles as the crumbly topping. Bake the crust briefly and top it with chocolate chips, candied pecans, and salted caramel before sprinkling on the oatmeal crumbles. Biting through the layers of the chewy oatmeal crust, the chocolate chips, the crunchy pecans, the salty-and-sweet caramel sauce that's gooey and wonderful, and the crisp topping is pure heaven.
YIELD: one 8x8-inch pan, 9 to 12 generous squares PREP TIME: 5 minutes COOK TIME: about 25 minutes, divided TOTAL TIME: 3+ hours, for cooling

INGREDIENTS:
3/4 cup butter, melted (1 1/2 sticks; I use unsalted butter but salted may be used)3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed1 tablespoon vanilla extract1 cup all-purpose flour1 cup old-fashioned whole-rolled oats (not instant or quick cook)1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt,…