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Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

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Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Oh, you are going to love these! Buttery, caramelly with a touch of salt, perfect for any time. I made half the pan with just the caramel and salt and the other half with chocolate chips sprinkled over the caramel and salt to have half and half. Make them a day ahead, and they get even better. 

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Salted Caramel Butter Bars


1 lb. salted butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

1 ½ cups powdered sugar

2 Tbl. vanilla extract

4 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp. vanilla extract

14 oz. caramel squares, approx. 54

1  1/4 tsp. coarse ground salt (sea salt)

1 – 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, optional

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Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Butter a cake pan, 9×13, with cooking spray.

Using a mixer, combine the butter and sugars until fluffy and creamy, about 3-5 minutes.

Add in the vanilla and mix well.

Add the flour and mix on low speed just until a smooth soft dough forms, but do not over mix.Salted Caramel Butter Bars 1Press about half of the dough evenly into the pan to form a bottom crust.

Place the remainder of the dough in the refrigerator to chill.

Bake the crust in the oven for 20 minutes until firm and the edges are a pale golden yellow.

While the crust is baking and the remaining dough is chilling, make the caramel filling.Salted Caramel Butter Bars 2Place the unwrapped caramels, heavy whipping cream and vanilla in a medium sized saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the caramels are completely melted and smooth.

When the bottom crust is cooked to a pale yellow, pour the caramel filling evenly over the crust.

Sprinkle the sea salt evenly over the caramel filling.Salted Caramel Butter Bars 3If adding in the chocolate chips, sprinkle over the caramel filling and salt.Salted Caramel Butter Bars 4

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Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator, and crumble it evenly over the caramel filling.

With chocolate

Salted Caramel Butter Bars 5Without chocolateSalted Caramel Butter Bars 6Return the pan to the oven and bake for another 25-30 minutes until the shortbread topping is firm and lightly golden.

Let it cool completely then cover with plastic wrap.

Allow it to sit overnight before cutting into squares.

Adapted from a recipe by Allie Suydam. 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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  1. kati hammond says:

    These look so good! You should make some and bring them to my house. 🙂

  2. Danitra says:

    Well crap, I just gained 85 lbs just looking at that deliciousness! Must try!!! Guess that’s what Mondays post was for…

  3. Stephanie says:

    These look delish. Will have to try them later.

  4. Michelle says:

    I have to give these a try! Look absolutely delicious!

  5. YUMMMMM!!! These sound sooo good! Can’t wait to try them!

  6. Janell K. says:

    Yum, a sweet and salty recipe-my favorite kind! I have to give this a try!
    (Linked over from ducks ‘n a row.)

  7. I can’t wait to make these! Pinned this!!!

  8. hmmmmm 🙂 followed you. these looks so good.

  9. These look and sound amazing. They are definitely going on my “to make” list. I’m stopping by from Tasty Thursdays.

  10. Krista Low says:

    That’s the hardest part isn’t it? Waiting overnight before cutting! These bars look wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing @ Great Idea Thursday’s 🙂

  11. Diane Roark says:


    This sounds like a really delicious cookie bar. YUM!

    Diane Roark

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