Caramel Cracker Bars

Ingredients:
For the Crust:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
For the Caramel Layer:

1 cup caramel sauce (store-bought or homemade)
1/2 cup heavy cream
For the Chocolate Topping:

1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream
Assorted chocolate pieces or chips for decoration
Instructions:

  1. Preparing the Crust:

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
Mix the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl until well combined.
Press the mixture into the bottom of a lined 9×9-inch baking pan.
Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.

  1. Making the Caramel Layer:

In a saucepan, gently heat the caramel sauce with the heavy cream until well combined and smooth.
Pour the warm caramel over the baked crust, spreading it evenly.
Allow to set slightly in the refrigerator while you prepare the chocolate topping.

  1. Preparing the Chocolate Topping:

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and heavy cream.
Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is fully melted and the mixture is smooth.
Pour the chocolate over the caramel layer, smoothing it out with a spatula.

  1. Decorating:

Sprinkle assorted chocolate pieces or chips over the melted chocolate while it is still warm.
Lightly press them into the chocolate topping to ensure they stick.

  1. Chilling:

Refrigerate the dessert for at least 2 hours, or until fully set.

  1. Serving:

Lift the dessert out of the pan using the edges of the lining.
Cut into bars or squares.
Serve chilled for a deliciously rich treat.
These caramel and chocolate bars are perfect for any gathering, offering a luxurious combination of flavors that are sure to delight any dessert aficionado. Enjoy creating and indulging in this sweet masterpiece!

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