Kitchen Adventure: Sea Salt Caramel + Pecan Crumble Bars

With Christmas this week (WHAT!?) I wanted to share a simple, yet yummy dessert that you can bring with you to your family dinners or get togethers. This is a recipe that came straight from Pillsbury. Here is what you need!

  • 8x8 inch pan (mine is Pyrex)
  • Non-Stick Spray (not pictured here)
  • 1 roll of refrigerated Pillsbury sugar cookie dough
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons flour (It's a good idea to separate these right off the bat as they will be used at different times)
  • 1/2 cup caramel
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Gold dot napkin, spatula, pine cones, and glitter antlers (optional) :)

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2: Coat pan with non-stick spray. I prefer to use the butter flavored kind!

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Step 2: In a bowl, break up the cookie dough and add 1/4 cup flour. Mix with a spoon, spatula, or your hands until well incorporated.

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Step 3: Take 3/4 of the dough and press evenly into the bottom of the pan. Set aside the remaining dough for later. Bake for 16 - 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Keep in mind, you are going to put the pan back in the oven later to complete the dessert so be careful not to overcook in this step.

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Step 4: While the bottom layer is baking, pour the caramel and 2 tablespoons of flour into a bowl. Mix until well combined. The color will change to a milky caramel.

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Steps 5 & 6: Once your bottom layer is done baking, take it out of the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. You are then going to pour the caramel mixture evenly over the base. Once you have it spread out well, take 1/2 of the pecans and the 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and sprinkle over the caramel.

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Step 7: In another bowl, mix the remaining cookie dough with the remaining pecans until well combined. I think it is easiest to do this step with your hands. (freshly washed of course!)

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Step 8: Crumble pecan/cookie dough mixture over the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. I like to bake things for less time and add more time if necessary. I am very careful not to over-bake things, because who wants a crunchy dessert that is supposed to be soft and gooey?

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Step 9: Allow pan to cool for at least an hour before cutting or indulge immediately with some vanilla ice cream!

Step 10: Enjoy!

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