Better Than Twix Bars~

Recipe from my friend, Danielle

1 stick (4 ounces) butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
10 ounces caramels, unwrapped (I used 35 Brach's Milk Maid Caramels)
1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
9 ounces milk chocolate
1/2 tablespoon vegetable shortening (I used vegetable oil), optional

Preheat oven to 300º.  Line 8 x 8 inch pan with nonstick foil or greased regular foil.

Beat together butter, sugar and vanilla.  Add the flour.  Press evenly into may need to flour your fingers to prevent sticking.  Prick crust with fork.  Bake 35-45 minutes till crust is golden.

Immediately after removing crust from oven, run knife around edges to loosen crust.  Cool completely.

Melt caramel and cream gently in microwave or in saucepan over low heat till smooth.  Pour over cooled crust and chill for 30 minutes.

Gently melt chocolate in microwave or in double boiler over low heat.  Add shortening or oil if too thick to pour.  Pour over chilled caramel and spread to edges.  Chill till chocolate is well set.  Cut into squares to serve.  Store covered in refrigerator, but remove a few minutes before serving.