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Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel Cookie Bars

Saturday was a rough day. Long story, but we have been having problems with our hosting company so we decided to switch to a new company. Well, the transition didn’t go too smoothly. We spent the majority of the weekend on the phone trying to figure things out. Sorry to anyone who tried to access our site and got an error message. We really appreciate your patience. We finally got our site up and running, but it was a stressful day. I owe Josh a huge thank you for the long hours he spent working on our site. I also owe a huge thank you to these Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel Cookie Bars. They were a lifesaver. I don’t deal well with tech issues, so I decided to bake. Baking always cheers me up, especially when the end result is a sweet and salty cookie bar.

I based this recipe off of my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. I took them up a notch by adding a caramel layer. I pressed half of the chocolate chip cookie dough into the pan and then added a creamy layer of caramel. I sprinkled sea salt over the caramel and topped the caramel with the remaining cookie dough. I love a good kick of salt in my sweets, so I sprinkled a little more sea salt over the top of the cookie bars. I baked them until they were golden brown and then indulged in the best cookie bar ever invented.

I loved everything about these bars-they are pretty much perfect. The sweet and salty combo gets me every time. The bars are rich, gooey, with the perfect hint of salt. My bad day was soon forgotten after eating one…or maybe two of these bars:) If you ever have a bad day and need a pick me up, make these Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel Cookie Bars. Your troubles may not go away forever, but these cookie bars will help ease the pain. They sure made my day a lot better. And if you are lucky and don’t have bad days, you can still make these bars. The sweet and salty combo cures all cravings and is perfect for any mood.

Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel Cookie Bars

Yield: 16 cookie bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Chocolate chip cookie bars with a layer of salted caramel. These gooey sweet and salty cookie bars are pretty much perfection!

Ingredients:

2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips
10 ounces caramel candy squares, unwrapped
3 tablespoons heavy cream
Sea salt, for sprinkling over caramel and bars

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 2-quart baking pan (which is an 11 X 7 pan-I used a glass Pyrex dish) with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the melted butter and sugars together until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix on low, just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

4. In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the caramels and heavy cream. Microwave caramels on High until caramels are melted, stirring every 20 seconds. This will take about 2 minutes, depending on your microwave.

5. Divide the cookie dough in half. Press half of the cookie dough into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula. Pour hot caramel over the cookie dough. Sprinkle caramel with sea salt. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough over the caramel and spread dough with a spatula until the caramel is covered. Sprinkle the bars with additional sea salt.

6.Bake cookie bars for 30 minutes or until the top of the bars are light golden brown and the edges start to pull away from the pan. Cool bars on a wire rack to room temperature. Cut bars into squares and serve.

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262 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel Cookie Bars”

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    Blog is the New Black — January 23, 2012 @ 5:43 am

    Oh yes! These look mouth-watering good!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — January 23, 2012 @ 5:46 am

    these look wonderful! I just made deep dish choc chip cookies; I should have added caramel. Your bars look so tasty :)

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    Caroline — January 23, 2012 @ 6:39 am

    Woah. I am drooling. As for the hosting problem…that is no fun. I’m sorry you had to go through that. I currently have 1and1, but my husband is considering moving me to Bluhost (cheaper). I am terribly scared of him transferring it because I’m afraid that there will be all sorts of issues. :-/ Oh well. I guess I’ll just have to suck it up and make these ‘make it all better’ cookie bars. Gooey goodness. :-)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 23, 2012 @ 6:39 am

    Nothing like a good cookie bar!

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    bellini — January 23, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    I love the whole sweet and salty theme, and add some caramel in to the mix and I would be in dessert heaven.

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    Becki's Whole Life — January 23, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    These look so gooey and yummy. Love love love the salty sweet flavors -especially when there is caramel involved. Yeah for patients husbands whole will deal with technical difficulties for us…glad your site is back up and running – that must be stressful.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 23, 2012 @ 7:35 am

    These do look like lifesavers, yum! Glad your blog is ok now.

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    Erica — January 23, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    oh man! What a pain! Glad everything is fixed. What a delicious treat. I am thinking about making cookie bars or a cookie pie this weekend. May need to make this one

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — January 23, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    i’m sorry the weekend was rough, but you’re back up and better than ever! and really, when does a chocolate chip cookie (bar) not make it all better? ;)

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    Becca@learnasyougocook — January 23, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    Me too no like a bad day:( but I’m glad you found something that made you feel better and that you could share with us! Looks delicious as always.

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    oh they looks perfect!

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — January 23, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    I love that you turned your bad day around with these bars. They look delicious!

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    Urban Wife — January 23, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    Sweet + salty wins my vote, every single time. These look so gooey and delicious! I’m glad you got your tech issues straightened out. ;)

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    Valerie — January 23, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    Tech. issues make me nauseous, but I have not doubt that these bars could remedy anything. Who can resist the siren call of salty caramel and chocolate? :-D

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    Cookbook Queen — January 23, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    I LOVE your chocolate chip cookie bars. They are my go-to when I need something for a get together, but don’t have the time for a batch of cookies. So I have no doubt that this recipe is amazing!! Definitely going to the top of my To Do List.

    So sorry to hear about your hosting issues…I am only too familiar with that!!

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    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — January 23, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    Oh girl, you better have saved me one. Or better yet, the whole pan. These are so up my alley you have no idea! Salt+chocolate+caramel= Kelley’s version of heaven.

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    Lynn — January 23, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Site and tech issues are no fun to deal with. I am sorry that you had a long weekend taking care of that, but at least chocolate and baking makes things a little better. I always find myself going to the kitchen to bake on bad or stressful days. These cookie bars look so good. I love the idea of a sprinkling them with sea salt. Great idea!

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    I hate tech issues too, probably because I don’t always understand what is going. I know full well these would cheer me up – I love the addition of caramel!

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    Heather B — January 23, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    I agree with you – computer and tech issues are the worst. I always feel so helpless so glad Josh could help you out. These bars look divine and are the perfect combo of flavors. Can’t wiat to try!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — January 23, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    Sounds like a perfect combination. I hope all the hosting troubles are solved.

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    Katie — January 23, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    Oh heavens, these look so mouthwateringly good. I want to dive headfirst into that gooey part.

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — January 23, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    Mmmm, salted chocolate and caramel–definitely a combo that can fix any problem. Sorry to hear about your blog stresses! :(

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    Cookin' Canuck — January 23, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    I’m sorry you had so many difficulties, but glad that the problem is solved. You’re back at full force with these (VERY!) tempting bars.

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    Cara — January 23, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    Looks like we’re on the same page with the salted caramel theme today! Does it get any better?

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    Audra@The-Baker-Chick — January 23, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    These are gorgeous Maria! Nothing makes me happier than a sweet and salty treat. Yum!

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    Donna — January 23, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Maria, the combination of sweet, salty, and gooey is over the top goodness. Thanks for sharing these sweets and terrific photos!

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    Amanda — January 23, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    I want these now. Holy cow they look amazing!

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    Betsy — January 23, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    Caramel makes everything better. Glad you guys worked out the kinks!

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    Sorry for your techincal problems, it seems alot of people are having them lately. I’m terrified of whats going to happen to my blog, I want to switch to self-hosting, but I haven’t had a clue on how to do it. I wish I could just pay someone and say you do it! :)

    These chocolate chip salted caramel cookie bars look amazing! I made your chocolate chip pretzel bars and those were a huge hit, now I must make these! Yum!

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    All you had to say was chocolate chip and salted caramel…I’m there!

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    susan — January 23, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    you had me at caramel!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — January 23, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    Tech issues stress me out beyond belief. I think it’s mainly the fact that I usually have no idea how to fix them. Glad you guys are back up and running.
    Between these, Jenna’s chocolate chip cookie pie thing and Averie’s deep dish chocolate chip cookies all within the past 5 or 6 days, I’m seriously craving some chocolate chips!

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    Bev Weidner — January 23, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    HAAATE tech issues. Ick to the max.

    But these cookie bars? YEAH TO THE MAX!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 23, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    Holy heaven, I’m going to have to add another 30 minutes to my workout routine today, just for looking at these. I WANT!!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — January 23, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    Oh goodness, can I have one for breakfast? They look amazing!

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    Jessica — January 23, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    Oh my…will you marry me? Is that weird? ;-)

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    Wenderly — January 23, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    Tech issues are the worst!! You both deserved this delicious treat indeed! Chocolate, caramel & salty? I’m in heaven!

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    Lauren — January 23, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    Yes, I’m so with you! I don’t want to deal with tech issues because I know nothing about it and it makes me feel sick to my stomach! Ahh! So frustrating! I almost switched hosting companies in November. And, I had a bad weekend and made cookies….it made life much better!

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    Puja — January 23, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    Looks fantastic- just made a half batch and can’t wait to dig in! :)

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    Amanda — January 23, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    Yummy! Tech issues are definitely stressful.

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