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This post is brought to you by Silk. Take the Tastemaker Challenge on facebook.com/silkUS.


My brother started drinking soymilk long before I did.  This is a strange truth because anyone who has ever spent two minutes with us would have definitely said it was the other way around.

I, after all, am an organic-obsessed, self-proclaimed hippie vegetarian. And he is an actuary. Enough said.

Unfortunately, he is also lactose-intolerant. Hence the soymilk consumption. Life is funny like that sometimes.

Though I kept sneaking sips out of his soymilk cartons every time I was home on vacation, to see if I would finally fall in love, I just couldn’t get into it.  I think part of the problem is that I always wanted it to taste like a vanilla milkshake and, well, it just didn’t.

So I started drinking almond milk instead.  And that’s kind of where I’ve been until recently when Silk Soymilk announced that they had upgraded their milk to a brand new taste.


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One sip of their new vanilla soymilk and I was smitten.

So much so, in fact, that I wrote a little ditty to accompany a glass of it.  Sing it, in your head or aloud, to the tune of L-O-V-E:

S is for the way you’re so creamy
I, I can’t believe you’re dairy free
L, is love at first sip, so good you just can’t quit it
K is can I get another glass of Silk with that

Silk, it comes in many kinds of flavors
Silk, I’d love it as a party favor
Soy and almond milk, too
Coconut makes my heart ring true
Silk was made for me and you!!

If you’ve been on the fence about trying soymilk, then I urge you to give these new formulations by Silk a try.

And when you do, let Silk know what you think by entering their Tastemaker Challenge!  If you do, your submission could be featured in Silk’s next video!

#winning

*Though I received compensation for this post, my thoughts and opinions on this product are all my own!

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On a totally unrelated note, today is the reveal day for this month’s Leftovers Club! In case you don’t remember from last month, the idea behind this is bloggers are paired each month and will send each other the “leftovers” of one of their baked goods so that we can all get a little variety into our lives and aren’t left eating the same dessert night after night (for shame!).

This month I was paired with Meagan of A Zesty Bite.  She sent me some truly fabulous dulce de leche cookies (they singlehandedly fueled the whole moving process) and I sent her some of these salted caramel shortbread bars! Not only were these adorably bite-sized, but they were also the perfect blend of sweet and salty. I almost couldn’t stop popping them in my mouth before running out of cookies to send her!

To see what everyone else exchanged this month, check out these posts:

Savory Simple - Quinoa Energy Bars
The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen - Cashew Butter and Blackerry Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Dining with Dani - Pancakes and Bacon Cookies
Eats Well With Others - Salted Caramel Shortbread
Frugal Foodie Mama - Cookie Butter Pecan Bars
Let’s Give Peas a Chance - Chocolate Stout Brownies
Budget Gourmet Mom - Crisp Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches
Sugar Dish Me - Strawberry Lemonade Loaf
Roxana’s Home Baking  - Chocolate chip bars
O’Boy! Organic - Rhubarb Cake
Eat Bake Drink Cook - Everything Cookies
Healthy. Delicious. - Carrot Cake Granola
Souffle Bombay - Sweet & Spicy Pecans
The Spiced Life - Garam Masala Caramel Corn
Whey Beyond the Naked Truth - Chia Seed Protein Bites
 
Don’t you wish you could enjoy some of these leftovers with us? You can!  Visit The Leftovers Club online for more details!

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Salted Caramel Shortbread Bars
Makes 1 8×8″ pan, adapted from Erica’s Sweet Tooth

Ingredients
For the shortbread

  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 2/3 cup flour

For the caramel

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang.
  2. To make the shortbread, combine the butter, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mixing to combine. Add the egg yolk and continue mixing. Add in the flour and mix together just until the dough starts to come together.  Combine with your hands into a ball and pat into the parchment-lined baking sheet into one even layer.
  3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes (at least). Preheat oven to 350 and bake for 25 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. To make the caramel, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, sea salt, sugar and heavy cream in a heavy-bottomed pan. Bring to a boil and stir constantly until the mixture reaches soft ball stage, about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla, and pour into the prepared pan over the crust.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. Sprinkle with sea salt and cut into squares. Store in the fridge until ready to eat.
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58 Responses to Salted Caramel Shortbread Bars {#TheLeftoversClub}…and an Ode To Silk

  1. Aaah, these look amazing! They’re so cute too :)

  2. Simply Life says:

    these are too cute- such a fun club to be a part of!

  3. So… let’s pretend I was your partner this month and you could mail me a batch of these. Also– a big nod to the new SILK! I’m diggin it.

  4. Love caramel – these look fantastic!

  5. I’m loving these little bars- the problem is I would probably eat them all and have none to send! I’m an almond milk drinker so I will have to give the silk a try!

  6. These are so cute, and the most perfect combination of salty and sweet! You’ve got me craving salted caramel at 8 am :)

  7. These caramel bars are very delicious and not to mention cute.

  8. I don’t know if this is ‘okay’ to say on a sponsored post, but when I was vegan, I found soy milk revolting but was afraid to offend the party line by saying so and stuck with almond milk. Now I just use regular milk, but it is nice to see that Silk has responded to people’s complaints and issues and is making a better product.

  9. Monet says:

    I adore soy milk. I really do. I have a few friends who tell me I shouldn’t drink it (they think it’s bad for me) but I disagree. These look so good too Joanne! Couldn’t be prettier. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Anything shortbread is right up my alley. Add caramel and yeah…totally in!

  11. These are screaming out to me for me to either rush over to your house or the recipients house to see if any are left….OR make them myself asap! Love!

  12. Johanna GGG says:

    I had such a bad experience with caramel last night that I should be shielding my eyes from your caramel but actually I think I have caramel envy – this looks amazing

    And I have never met a milk of any kind I loved – I still remember my first taste of soy milk and thinking it tasted horrid just like dairy milk – but my sister loves me taking soy milk to my parents for sylvia because then she can have a soy latte from their coffee machine

  13. I could use one or a thousand of these bars right now, they look so yummy!

  14. Aw yay love Megan! And these shortbread bars are gorgeeeous, I love seeing the lil flecks of salt!

  15. ahhh these look great ! YOu are trying to fatten us up right? LOl… Love this recipe! Thanks for sharing it! By the way – you are a cute couple! :)

  16. sandra says:

    So funny. First off – my sister is an actuary and has been a vegetarian (sometimes vegan) since 13 years old. Second – your song lyrics are wonderful. You have another calling methinks. Third – why didn’t you make these caramels with Soy milk? That would have been awesome!

  17. Pam says:

    I’ll be honest, I’ve never tried soy or almond milk. You’ve convinced me to give it a try. The salted caramel shortbread bars look AMAZING!

  18. Hannah says:

    Oh, that caramel looks so luscious, especially with those gorgeous chunks of salt right on top… My favorite sort!

    I’m a big, big fan of Silk Almond as well- It’s my top pick for baking, cooking, ice cream-making, and drinking. Okay, so that’s pretty much all you can do with almond milk… I think that says it all!

  19. Dixya says:

    I could totally take few bites of these deliciousness right now and the idea of leftover club is fun!!!

  20. I wasn’t a big fan of soy milk when I tried it a few years ago, but after reading your post (especially your adorable poem) I might give it another try.

    Unrelated: Meagan was my partner last month. She’s awesome!

  21. I love regular milk, but I do use a lot of almond milk especially in smoothies. I’ll have to give soymilk a try again.

  22. Ashley says:

    These look great! Dino is lactose intolerant, too, but he quit drinking soy milk a few months ago. Too many brands full of GMOs…ick.

  23. Ashley Bee says:

    Oh my goodness these look so good! I looove salted caramel…

    And soymilk? I’ve never liked it, but if they improved their taste I might have to try it!

  24. ohhhhh I need these. I actually avoid soy – but I do love almond milk!

  25. Pam says:

    I’m hooked on almond milk, though we just joined a herd share, and now I’m drinking raw goat’s milk!

  26. Even though shortbread is amazing in itself, when it’s topped with caramel, I don’d think I’d even realize the shortbread was there. I tend to do this with all layered cookies – chocolate frosting? Gone. Crumb topping? I’ll eat that plain in a heartbeat. Oh and linzer cookies – when I was younger I always just scooped off the jam and left the cookies for someone else. I guess I don’t really like cookies in themselves, but I certainly appreciate them as vehicles for all sorts of wonderful toppings! These bars are so beautiful!

  27. I’ve been using soy milk for a long time now, but fell in love with almond milk a few years ago. I haven’t tried the Silk brand, but will check it out. I just love caramel and your shortbread bars are beautiful and a great temptation, Joanne!

    Hugs,
    Roz

  28. oh my gosh, these look soooo good. I want that caramel!!! haha, i totally always want soymilk to taste like a milkshake too. I’ll have to give this new stuff a try :) Have you tried the So Delicious brand “coconut milk.” It’s pretty flavorless but i like how the texture is creamier.

  29. Those look so good. The salt on top just makes the caramel ‘pop’ too! Never had those kinds of milk, just regular milk here.

  30. Haha I think you have a new career in song writing jingles. Salted Carmel is my jam and these shortbread bars are little enough that I can pop three in my mouth without batting an eyelash.

  31. Guru Uru says:

    One bite would not be enough, these look too good :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  32. Meagan Wied says:

    These were some serious caramel bars! Like seriously good!

  33. Dining Alone says:

    I am a big almond milk drinker but Silk goes on sale my store a lot, maybe I will give it another try!

  34. Hotly Spiced says:

    Your brother is an actuary? He must have been so good at maths when he was at school. I’ve never liked soy milk because of the smell. I drink almond milk too. But, we always have soy in the house because it’s better for making coffee than almond milk – almond milk won’t froth! Love the look of the caramel xx

  35. marie says:

    This is my kind of recipe. Sweet, salty, crunchy, can I just grab one off the screen? Thanks for the tip on the soy milk, I do drink soy milk but not that brand but now I am anxious to try it.

  36. Kari says:

    Now they just need to bring it to Australia! These look incredible in the mean time though :)

  37. kelly @ Sass & Veracity says:

    Well you had me at salted caramel, of course. And no, I couldn’t eat just one. I’ve tried soy milk and like it best in a bowl of cereal or a smoothie. But I’m a crazed coconut fan, so that milk wins. Still, the Silk would be perfect for something like this. They’re beautiful, too!

  38. Reeni Pisano says:

    These are so adorable and irresistible at the same time I can hardly stand it! I would of had to make a second batch!

  39. That Girl says:

    My brother started drinking soy milk before me for the same reason!

  40. Anonymous says:

    I have a couple of questions regarding soy milk that I wondered if you knew the answers to…
    is soy more “nutrious” than almond milk?
    I’m a bit concerned about the all the negative things I have been hearing about soy in general such as almost all be GMO and about how it mimcs female hormones in a negative way. as someone who tends to do her research on thing do you have any thoughts on that? thanks.

  41. These are irresistible little bites! I love soya milk, but usually homemade.

  42. Laura says:

    Swoooooon. Yes, we should be partners. Especially if this is what you’re making. I love sweet and salty, I love salted caramel, and I love shortbread. YUM.

  43. london bakes says:

    I love how you made these into little bites of amazingness. So delicious!

  44. Ruthy Kirwan says:

    Joanne!! These look am-mazing. Super jealous of Meagan at a Zesty Bite right now. I’m also with you in the soymilk camp- I was never really a fan, and I always preferred almond milk as well, but a coworker brought in the new Silk soymilk the other day and now I’m down with putting it in my coffee like, every day. So good!

  45. oh man, i wouldn’t be able to stop at just one of these ;)

  46. Daniel says:

    I switched to almond milk…

  47. Susan says:

    Can you forget that you already made these and then just make them again when we finally get paired together?

  48. Mmmm… these look fantastic! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us. At first I read this and thought there was soy *in* the bars, and then it took me a sec. I don’t drink soy, but my roommate does. I’ll ask her if she tried the new Silk!

  49. What beautiful bites! I don’t think I could stop at one they look so good.

  50. OH man, yeah we need to get paired together next month!

  51. Audra says:

    These look amazing! You can send me leftovers of these anytime. Salted Caramel is my weakness… :)

  52. grace says:

    these are just luscious little bites, joanne! i always thought silk nailed it when they decided to use that name. :)

  53. Amy says:

    I love soy milk too. There’s an Asian brand that I buy in the Asian markets when I go. But Silk would be more convenience for me since I can get them in most markets. Just love this brand and it’s perfect dairy substitute. Your Salted caramel shortbread bars look amazing. I love that you cut them into mini size. Perfect for portion control. ;) Only I think I’ll eat at least 5 at a time, if not more. :P

  54. Soy milk is on of those things isnt it? Its so hard to find a good tasting soy! We had vanilla soy a lot while in the states. Starbucks use it and it gave my hot chocolate an extra sweetness :)

  55. Beth says:

    Sigh … your shortbread bars are just adorable.

  56. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    These look wonderful and addicting ;)

  57. Can you please be my personal chef? Eveyrthing you’ve posted recently really speaks to me. I’m either a very hungry person or you are coming up with the best dishes right now!

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