Salted Caramel Nirvana

By: Elizabeth Webber Akre

I’m not much of a sweet freak.  But, my husband is and that gene has obviously been passed on to our daughter.  Don’t get me wrong…I can appreciate a good dessert, a good cake or a good cookie when I see one, I just don’t crave that kind of stuff.

However…

Since I became addicted to Pinterest, I came across a recipe whose photo grabbed me and hasn’t let go.  It’s for “Salted Caramel Cheesecake Bars.”  When I do indulge in sweets, there are certain types that really appeal to me: chocolate, hazelnut and any combination of salt and sweet.  I’ve had this recipe on one of my Pinterest boards for a couple months, but haven’t done anything about it.

Today was my sweet baby’s 1st day of 1st grade.  I decided that I’d make a special dessert for her.  As I pondered all the great recipes in my head and in all my books, etc., the salted caramel cheesecake came to mind.  All I needed was graham crackers and cream, so I ran out for these provisions and got busy.  This recipe is not hard to put together.  In fact, it’s quite easy.  But, the result will wow the socks off your family and friends, and they will think you worked forever on these delicious bars.

Cut into bars, sprinkle with salt and dive in!

The website where the recipe is located here.  It is a fantastically rich, gooey, delicious dessert that is out of the norm and special.  Whatever you do, don’t skip the salt!  That is what really sets this dish apart!  I didn’t have any fleur de sel, so I used some smoked sea salt and it was awesome.  Give it a shot.  I bet you’ll be happy you did.  Everyone at my house was happy about it!  I got a two-thumbs up from the little one, I mean the big 1st grader, so I know it was a success.

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