Thursday, July 26, 2012

Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel Cookie Bars

Just in case you are looking for a super unhealthy and amazingly delicious treat that contains all the ingredients of a true dessert, this is the recipe for you! (I think this is one of those recipes I will only let myself make every other year, unless I'm taking them somewhere to share...   they are too dangerous sitting around at my house!)  

You will need:

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  (or a mixture of yogurt & milk)
Sea salt, for sprinkling over caramel and bars


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.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
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.
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.
Divide the cookie dough. Press a little more than 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.
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. Or hide them in the cupboard eat them all yourself. [grin]  

This recipe can also be cut in half and baked in a 8x8 square pan. 


Desirae Clopper said...

They look amazing, and definitely a once in awhile treat! I'm not supposed to eat sugar, but every so often I do :)
By the way, your daughter is adorable!
God Bless!
Desirae Clopper

Sharon said...

ohh wow that looks sooo good!! thanks for sharing!!! :)

Pauline said...

Looks delicious! I'm going to have to make them sometime soon! :)

A Heart of Praise said...

These sound and look so good!

His Way Services said...

Looks absolutely delicious!