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Million Dollar Bars: Buttery shortbread, creamy caramel, and sweet chocolate, perfect for celebrating tax returns! Use your mobile phone to watch the how-to video right from your kitchen!
Million Dollar Bars
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…okay, okay, I realize that is a Christmas song, but to me tax return time is actually the most wonderful time of the year. We have always been the recipients of a healthy tax return. We have a big family, we do not make a lot of money, I run my own small business. All of this usually equates a decent return.
We are not great savers over here. We do not have any debts, and we generally have all that we need, but we stink at saving. Any time we get a good portion saved up I find an amazing trip I want to go on, and we spend it all taking our kids and ourselves on an awesome vacation.
Trust me when I say I don’t actually regret this at all, but it would probably be smarter to save our money. So a few years ago we were talking about how we usually get a good sized return, and we should just always save that. We changed our deductions to zero on our paystubs so more would be taken out and we would get a bigger return later. Now I know all you fiscally responsible people are cringing at the interest free loan we are giving the government, yadda, yadda, but hey, it works for us. It has allowed us to be able to save money, and motivated us to be better at saving monthly as well.
So anyway, we get this nice return, and we usually save 80% of it. 10% gets to go to fun! And the other 10% we pay in tithes to our church. But this year we are doing things a little differently. We decided to use some of our extra tax time income to improve the blog and the blog offerings. This equates to a new lens for the camera, new camera, video equipment, a chunk of money being set aside to pay someone to edit video for me, and more.
I am really excited about the new offerings, and all the amazing things heading your way, so I hope you appreciate the sacrifice I made of travel to improve the blog! Haha. So, what are your plans for your tax return? How are you going to make the most out of the money you receive back? Might I suggest a way that you can both save money and take advantage of the video content I am planning to offer on my blog?
With the little extra money you may have this time of year you can buy yourself the Samsung Galaxy Avant and get service with the Walmart Family Mobile plan which offers 4G LTE, perfect for streaming videos from my blog while you are right in your kitchen! This plan is only $29.88/month(for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data, which includes up to 500MB of 4G LTE data. It is great. We got it for our kids at Christmas time (read about that here), and have not regretted it at all. In fact, I just went to Walmart and got another phone, the Samsung Galaxy Avant. The great 4G LTE service makes it so nice!
With the little extra tax time money, the upfront cost of the phone should be easy to handle, and the quality service and long term savings will be well worth the “hassle” of changing plans.
My return isn’t a million dollars, it is enough for me to make a real difference on my blog this year! So while I mope around because I am a far cry short of a million, I will console myself with these delicious and easy to make “Million Dollar Bars” which are really super awesome. They are buttery, chocolatey, rich, creamy, caramel, and I could eat the whole pan. So maybe I should use some of that tax return for a gym membership. What do you think?
So what did you think of the video?
Million Dollar Bars
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbs milk
- pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup salted butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 Tbs light corn syrup
- 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
- Large Crystal Salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a mixing bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup sugar
- Mix in flour and milk and salt. It will look very crumbly.
- Prepare an 8 x 8 baking pan by spraying it and lining it with parchment paper
- Bake for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and let cool completely
- In a heavy pan mix together 3/4 cup salted butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 3 Tbs light corn syrup, vanilla, and a can of sweetened condensed milk
- Stir continuously, bring to a boil, and continue stirring until it turns a golden brown (about 6-8 minutes).
- Pour over the top of the cooled shortbread crust
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips in 30 second intervals and spread over the caramel
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt the white chocolate chips in 30 second intervals, and drizzle over using a spatula to make swirls, then sprinkle on some large crystal salt (optional)
- Let cool completely, and then cut into bars for serving.
- Can be stored for a week in an airtight container.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
The caramel may darken more in color than this, I kept mine lighter by keeping the temperature lower and stirring a lot. The darker color will have a richer flavor. Just be careful not to let it boil too much or it will harden.
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