Ingredient shot because I wish that I was Ree Drummond. Flour, Milk, Salt, Baking Powder, Sweetened Coconut Flakes, Butter (unsalted), Melting Chocolate, 20oz of Store Bought Soft Caramels and of course, White Sugar.
First things first you make shortbread dough and forget to take any pictures of the process. Shortbread starts by creaming together sugar and butter and then mixing in flour, salt, and baking powder. Then you take the dough and press it into a 9×13 glass baking dish that has been lined with parchment paper.
Then you put that baby in the oven at 325 for 18 or so minutes. You just want it to be slightly golden, no more. It might seem underdone, but the dough will firm up as it cools.
While the dough is cooling, start to prepare the topping!
WHY CAN I NEVER POUR ANYTHING INTO ANYTHING ELSE WITHOUT MAKING A MESS?! You need 4 cups of coconut.
Most recipes instruct you to toast coconut on a baking sheet in the oven, but I prefer to make it in smaller batches in a non stick skillet. It gives me more control of how toasted the coconut gets and it makes your apartment smell like a tropical heaven.
BAM, also that wooden spoon is from the house I grew up in and its so old and should probably be thrown out but its my favorite spoon and so I keep it.
Put three tablespoons of milk into a double boiler and then pour in the unwrapped caramels. You could definitely use a bowl over a pot of simmering water if you don’t have a double boiler. I only have one because I have a kitchen crap addiction. I got my double boiler from Bed Bath and Beyond
(which I learned from making Val’s shower invitations has no commas in it, much to my chagrin. Well, the more you know.) for like 20 dollars or something and of course I used a coupon. If you go into Bed Bath and Beyond and don’t use one of thousand tree killing coupons they send out to any and everyone who even thinks about Bed Bath and Beyond with a twinkle in their eye then an angel loses its wings and plummets to earth in an untimely death. That’s a fact.
At this point I felt skeptical that the caramels would melt but they did. It just took patience.
Mix the caramel and the coconut together. Proceed to feel horrified but how it looks like an ugly, soggy, bird nest. #ROMANCE
Spread the mixture over the cooled shortbread.
Allow the cookies to set for a half an hour or so, longer if your heat is actually efficient and the room is warm. Then, melt some chocolate in the double boiler with a chunk o’ butter. I also ended up thinning my mixture out with a little milk. One reason I like to add milk to melted chocolate is that I find it makes it look shiny and glossy. It also makes it a little more drizzlable.
The finished product. I used a pizza cutter to cut them into squares after the whole thing had been left to cool for almost 24 hours. This helped make everything solid enough to cut, even still they just might be the ugliest dessert I’ve ever made. Maverick still deemed them delicious though <3.