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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!


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


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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285 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel Cookie Bars”

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  2. Meg @ Sweet Twist — January 24, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    Well these look ooey gooey wonderful!

    I had to pin these –

  3. marla — January 24, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    Sorry to hear about those yucky server issues ~ totally annoying! Great looking treats though :)

  4. brandi — January 24, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    so glad everything is worked out now – and if baking these will solve my tech issues, i’ll definitely be making them soon :)

  5. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — January 24, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    I agree with you – tech issues are such a pain. Even after being in the tech support business for nearly 20 years, I still hate dealing with hosting problems. At least you had these scrumptious looking bars to take your mind off the problems!

  6. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 24, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    So glad you got the hosting issues worked out! I can see how these would help cheer you up under frustrating circumstances!

  7. Shawna @ CheekyChic — January 24, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    I hate tech issues with websites especially when it’s you’re lively hood. We’ve had that problem with ours before and it’s a horrible feeling. I’m glad you’re such a good baker and could save yourself. I’m good at eating baked goods. That’s how I get my therapy on stressful days. These bars look wonderful!

  8. Kim in MD — January 24, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    I’m sorry you had a bad day with tech issues…yuck. I can see why these cookie bars made you feel better, though! I received some salted caramels for Christmas, and I just finished them off (they were SO good!). I am already having withdrawels, and this recipe looks like just the right treat to help me with that! 😉

  9. Candy @ Candy Girl — January 24, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    Baking always makes me feel better too! These are incredible! You had me had ‘salted caramel’.

  10. Joanne (Inspired Taste) — January 24, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    Love these, they look and sound so delicious! Making these soon!

  11. antique engagement rings — January 24, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    Tech issues i agree are a killer!

  12. Tracey — January 24, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

    Sorry about your tech issues, those drive me crazy too! These would definitely have made me feel better, they look awesome!

  13. Krissy @ Krissy's Creations — January 25, 2012 @ 12:45 am

    Tech issues are the worst! If anything can make things better, it’s definitely these cookies :)

  14. Natasha — January 25, 2012 @ 7:08 am

    Certainly looks delicious! I’ll try this recipe soon :)

  15. Marly — January 25, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    I’m so glad my sugar cleanse is over. Now I can chow down on these. I guess first I’ll have to make them. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — January 25, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    Oh my goodness, how amazing are these?! Must try them immediately!

  17. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — January 25, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    There are few foods I love more than salted caramel. These look divine!

  18. Marina {} — January 25, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

    I didn’t think the chocolate chip cookie could be improved upon. But you just did it :)

  19. Living The Sweet Life — January 25, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

    YUMMMYY!! Cookie bars always work wonders :) – – this one looks soft and gooey and juuusstt delectable :)

  20. Darla | Bakingdom — January 26, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    These are about to happen. I’m allowed. I ran this morning and did all the good things for myself that lets me have things with caramel in them. Yay! :)

  21. Lora @cakeduchess — January 26, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

    Baking is very therapeutic and these bars are just wonderful. I love caramel and need one right now:)

  22. Allison @ Alli 'n Son — January 26, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    Oh how I wish I had one of these right now. Maybe it will take care of my chocolate craving.

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  25. Susieqtpies — January 27, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    Yummy-oh! I”d LOVE for you to come link this up in my Happy Friday- theme is Chocolate today! (even other chocolate related post!)

    Thank you and have a super weekend. Susie

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  27. Melissa @ Bless This Mess — January 28, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    Hmmm. Do you have a great alternative to the packaged caramels? Is there anything that I could whip up on my own somewhat easily. I love the idea, have no caramels and live ages from a store with any. Hmmm. Let’s ponder this shall we?

    Oh the pain. The pain!

    • Two Peas replied: — January 29th, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

      You can use caramel ice cream topping or homemade caramel.

  28. Kate — January 28, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

    Made these today. They are soooo good. My roommates love them too :) Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Two Peas replied: — January 29th, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

      You are welcome! Glad you liked the bars!

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  30. Natalie W. — January 29, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

    Do you use salted or unsalted butter? I am never sure of which to use in what recipes. Is there a general rule to follow? Thanks to anyone for their tips!

    • Two Peas replied: — January 29th, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

      I almost always use unsalted butter, unless noted. Thanks!

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  32. Alice — January 31, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    I just thought I’d comment to say that I had a great success with this recipe last week. I ended up baking the cookie bars in two loaf tins, as I didn’t have a pan of an appropriate size, but that didn’t seem to make a big difference. EVERYONE came back for seconds and one friend told me she dreamt about them afterwards. I’ll definitely be baking them again.

    • Two Peas replied: — January 31st, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

      Glad you liked the recipe!

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  34. joan trueblood — February 1, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    Fabulous! Bringing a batch into work tonight.

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  40. Haley — February 5, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

    These were very delicious! I don’t have a 11×7 pan, so I made a recipe and a half in a 9×13 pyrex and it turned out great. Thanks for all the yummy recipes- I make your green smoothie a couple times a week and love everything I try from your site!

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