I've been searching out all of the sugar in my house this week. Can you say stress eater? I can't explain why I crave sugar when I'm stressed but I've also learned not to try and ignore it. I'm really better off if I give in and allow myself to have a small amount of sugar because attempting to suppress my sugar cravings almost always results in an all out sugar frenzy by the end of the day. It's not a pretty picture. Trust me.
There is certainly no shortage of sugar in my house - as you might expect. Open any cupboard or drawer in my kitchen and you're bound to come across something sweet and scrumptious. I buy 20-30 pounds of sugar at a time so it's nearly impossible to hide the sweetness.
Sometimes, a simple bowl of chocolate chips are sufficient to satisfy my need for sugar and there are other times when I need something more substantial. My level of stress seems to dictate the type of sugar that I require.
I've had a batch of these decadent shortbread bars in my refrigerator for a week now. When I feel the need to stress eat all the sugar in the house, I slice a little piece off of one of these gooey, chocolate covered caramel bars and my cravings are satisfied.
I'd like to tell you that one of these Millionaires Shortbread bars and a cup of hot tea in the afternoon will make your stress disappear but that would be a lie. The truth is, these decadent bars will NOT make you stress-free - but it WILL add a little joy and sweetness to an otherwise stressful day.
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter
14 ounce can condensed milk
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 stick butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
Slice into 16 rectangles.
Millionaires Shortbread bars will last for up to several weeks in the refrigerator so they're not only a great little treat to have on hand for sugar attacks but a nice little dessert to have on hand.
These decadent bars make a great little hostess gift. Put a couple of bars in a cellophane bag, tie with a pretty ribbon and hand out to your family, neighbors, teachers and friends. You will absolutely love these shortbread bars.
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