Holiday Treat: Salted Caramel Bars using #GreatValue refrigerated cookie dough!

Last month, Sia showed you how simple it was to use Great Value refrigerated dough as the basis for some yummy recipes such as individual chicken pot pies and mini caramel apple pie tarts using Great Value refrigerated pie crust.  The holidays are such a busy time of year with a lot of cooking & baking so it is so helpful to find shortcuts you can take while not sacrificing quality and taste.

I am not much of a baker at all and always struggle with coming up with good recipes that don’t involve a lot of complicated steps or extensive time in the kitchen. So I like the idea of using a base of refrigerated products  when I am busy & need the convenience and ease that comes with having ready-made products.  I know many of you love to be able to provide all of your food from scratch, but for those times when you just need save some time, the Great Value refrigerated dough products really come in handy. The Great Value refrigerated products include the generic store versions at your local grocery stores, too (like the Safeway or Albertsons store brand).

Great Value refrigerated dough products can save money as well, especially for those times when you don’t have any coupons for name-brand products as these Great Value products will almost always be cheaper than regular priced name-brand items. Often, you can make some great recipes with just a few ingredients, too, as you’ll see with the Salted Caramel bars below, which use just 5 ingredients. So, these refrigerated dough options are great time and money savers!

We are having some neighbors over for some Christmas treats this weekend, so I have been trying out a few recipes today to figure out what I want to serve this weekend and my friend Sarah shared her recipe for Salted Caramel Bars with me . I couldn’t wait to make these as I love anything with caramel in them and these Salted Caramel bars do not disappoint. They are the perfect treat to offer friends for a yummy, rich dessert. I love the fact that they only have 5 ingredients and are so simple & easy to make!  {These would also be delicious with our homemade caramel recipe in place of the individual caramels.}

Salted Caramel Bars:

Ingredients:

  • 2 rolls of refrigerated, Pre-Made Sugar Cookie Dough (I used the budget-friendly Great Value brand)
  • 1 14 oz Bag of Caramel Candies (individually wrapped)  – you could also use our Homemade Caramel recipe for this recipe!
  • 1/3 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 1-2 teaspoons of coarse Sea Salt (you could also use Kosher salt)
Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Use a 9 x 13 pan & grease the pan with baking spray
  • Use 1 roll of the refrigerated cookie dough and spread it along the bottom of the pan so it is smooth.
  • Put it in the oven to cook for around 8-12 minutes (you will want to check your oven – I cooked mine for about 10 minutes) – you don’t want it to get overdone
  • While the cookie dough is baking, you can open up all the caramels in 1 bag & dump into a sauce pan.

  • Stir in 1/3 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream and 1/2 tsp of Vanilla.

  • Stir continuously on low – medium heat until caramels are melted into a liquid.
  • Once the cookie dough is ready, take out of the oven.

  • Pour the caramel mixture over the baked cookie dough.
  • Very lightly sprinkle 1 -2 tsp of Sea Salt over the caramel (you could also sprinkle this over the top at the end if you prefer)

  • Use the other roll of cookie dough & break up into little pieces and sprinkle over the top of the caramel mixture (you may not need the full roll)
  • Bake again at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes (frequently check so that the cookie dough on top doesn’t get too brown).
  • Let it cool and then cut into pieces.

Enjoy!

Salted Caramel Bars

Salted Caramel Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 rolls of refrigerated, Pre-Made Sugar Cookie Dough (I used the budget-friendly Great Value brand)
  • 1 14 oz Bag of Caramel Candies (individually wrapped)
  • 1/3 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 1-2 teaspoons of coarse Sea Salt (you could also use Kosher salt)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Use a 9 x 13 pan & grease the pan with baking spray
  3. Use 1 roll of the refrigerated cookie dough and spread it along the bottom of the pan so it is smooth.
  4. Put it in the oven to cook for around 8-12 minutes (you will want to check your oven - I cooked mine for about 10 minutes) - you don't want it to get overdone
  5. While the cookie dough is baking, you can open up all the caramels in 1 bag & dump into a sauce pan.
  6. Stir in 1/3 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream and 1/2 tsp of Vanilla.
  7. Stir continuously on low - medium heat until caramels are melted into a liquid.
  8. Once the cookie dough is ready, take out of the oven.
  9. Pour the caramel mixture over the baked cookie dough.
  10. Very lightly sprinkle 1 -2 tsp of Sea Salt over the caramel (you could also sprinkle this over the top at the end if you prefer)
  11. Take the second roll of cookie dough & break up into little pieces and sprinkle over the top of the caramel mixture.
  12. Bake again at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes (frequently check so that the cookie dough on top doesn't get too brown).
  13. Let it cool and then cut into pieces.
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I will also be using a recipe for Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake, so I’m looking forward to trying that out later this week to add in as one of our treats as well.  I’ll be back next week to share how our get-together went and show you some pictures of the finished recipes.

If you’re looking for more ways to use the Great Value refrigerated cookie dough & cinnamon rolls – here are some fun recipes I found which would make delicious treats for the holidays. There are so many options out there, though – just substitute the homemade cookie dough or cinnamon roll dough for the store bought option to cut down on your time & effort.

Recipes using Great Value Refrigerated Cookie Dough:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes - this recipe calls for homemade cookie dough, but  you would save a lot of time by using the Great Value chocolate chip cookie dough

Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars - again, you could just substitute the sugar cookie mix for refrigerated sugar cookie dough

Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza – Here is a recipe for Fruit Pizza, but you could also make it more fun for the holidays by making it into fun Christmas shapes like a Christmas tree  or a Snowman Fruit Pizza

Recipes using Great Value Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls:

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Upside Down Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Roll Waffles – this is a simple yet fun way to do something different with cinnamon rolls – just heat them up in your waffle iron (we totally would have tried this except our waffle maker broke this summer) – definitely going to remember this for the future, though

 Make sure to check out Twitter and use the hashtag #GreatValue to see more unique recipes using Great Value refrigerated dough products to create yummy holiday recipes!

Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign sponsored by Great Value and the Motherhood. All opinions are mine. You can find Great Value products at Walmart. 


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