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Caramel Pecan Filled Shortbread Bars

These delicious, gooey bars were the result of me tweaking a recipe called Salted Caramel Butter Bars that I got from my friend, Shana.  Those were tasty, but I decided that I wanted to create a version without the course sea salt and add some pecans, my favorite nut.
Crust
1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour

Center filling
1 bag (14 ounces) caramels, unwrapped
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pecan pieces

Topping
1 cup butter, chilled
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup pecan pieces, finely chopped

Mix together the crust ingredients in stand mixer, then press dough onto the bottom of a prepared 9x13 pan that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, then cool for 15 minutes.

While crust is baking, microwave the caramels, heavy cream, and vanilla for two minu…

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

I posted this delicious recipe previously, but want to update it with some new pictures of my slightly modified Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins. If you click on the old recipe, you will see how the muffins look without adding the chocolate chips to the top as a garnish.  They looked fine back then, but they look even more tempting and delicious now, which also makes them taste better, simply by adding the chocolate chips to the top prior to baking.
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin2 cups granulated sugar1 cup water1/2 cup vegetable oil4 eggs2 teaspoons cinnamon1 1/2 teaspoons salt1 teaspoon vanilla2 teaspoons baking soda3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour12 ounces miniature semisweet chocolate morselsabout 1/2 cup regular sized semisweet chocolate chips, to garnish
Mix everything together in this order, blending as you go, then scoop batter into a mini muffin pan.  I prefer to use silicon flexible trays, which are non-stick, and create the best baking results.  Use a heaping, medium-sized stain…