I'd love to be able to claim some kind of stroke of genius with this recipe. The truth is, though, I set out to make cranberry bars. But when I typed in "cranberry bars" in the search box over at Epicurious, these came up. And that. was. it. I knew I'd be making these instead of plain ol' cranberry bars. I'm so glad I did. These were outstanding!
Even better, I got to make caramel from scratch, which is always fun. If you've never made your own caramel, don't be scared. It's pretty cool to be able to watch butter and sugar turn from pale yellow to a beautiful, rich caramel color. Plus, it smells so delicious! I will warn you, though, the caramel will seize up when you add the cranberries. Don't worry, remember the cranberries are frozen, so they'll drop the temperature enough to make the caramel seize. Just be patient and give the caramel some time to melt back down. It will happen. And it will be delicious.
Cranberry Turtle Bars
adapted from www.epicurious.com