Salted Caramel Butter Bars

These Salted Caramel Butter bars are one of my most requested recipes ever! The buttery cookie is filled with a creamy, salted caramel that is so rich and beyond delicious.

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Salted Caramel Butter Bars are THE BEST Cookie Bar of ALL TIME!

I can’t begin to explain to you how much I love these Salted Caramel Butter Bars…I make them ALL THE TIME. They are one of my most requested desserts to bring to parties and there is never one left! And might I add, if you happen to be entering a cookie contest, these will guarantee you victory. Unequivocally.

The base is a buttery shortbread that comes together very easily and the filling is simply caramels, milk or cream, and a little salt! You can use pre-made caramels, or even a thick caramel sauce. I do recommend using caramels over sauce, because I think the texture is more chewy and hold up better than sauce, but so many of you who have made this recipe let me know that you have used caramel sauce and it’s worked out well!

These cookie bars are really super simple and can be adapted in different ways…I even made a Salted Nutella Butter bar based on this recipe. The buttery crust, the chewy caramel and the omg deliciousness of it all has never disappointed. Salted caramel runs through my veins at this point. Oh and there is even an APPLE version in my book!
These are a must in my house at the holidays…or whenever I am looking to make people fall in love with me 🙂

How To Make Salted Caramel Butter Bars

How To Make Salted Caramel Butter Bars

It’s all a pretty easy process, just a few steps, honestly: you make dough, you divide dough, you bake some of the dough, you chill some of the dough…

THEN
You melt caramel, you spread caramel, you sprinkle salt on the caramel, then you sprinkle more dough.
Then finish baking.
It’s easy and oh so delicious!!

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

I will tell you that these cookie bars are next level. Yes, there is a lot of butter, yes there are a lot of calories, BUT I urge you not to eat the whole pan. I actually don’t think that is physically possible! ha! Have one, savor it, love it, and SHARE them!
I might go as far to say that they are one of the best things that I have made in a while.
I know you will love them..that is if you like butter, sugar and delicious caramel filling.  Yeah, that’s what I thought.
They sure won’t help your fat jean/skinny jean dilemma, but they are guaranteed to make you happy while you’re wearing elastic 🙂

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Salted Caramel Butter Bars

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 50
  • Total Time Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 24 bars 1x
  • Category Category: Cookie Bars
  • Method Method: Baking
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert

Description:

Salted Caramel Butter Bars are a buttery shortbread filled with creamy salted caramel! A MUST MAKE!


Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all purpose flour

For the Filling:

  • 14 ounces soft caramel candies (about 50 individual caramels), unwrapped
  • 1/3 cup milk or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • optional – 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt

Instructions

To Make the Crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter, granulated sugar, and powdered sugar together on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix until combined. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until a soft dough forms.
  3. Press one-third of the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Wrap the remaining dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the edges are a pale golden brown. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool about 15 minutes.

To Make the Filling:

  1. While the bottom crust is baking and the remaining dough is chilling, make the caramel filling. Place the unwrapped caramels in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the milk or cream. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. If caramels are not completely melted, microwave on high for 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until smooth.
  2. Once the caramel is melted add in your ½ teaspoon of vanilla and stir until combined.
  3. Pour the caramel filling over the cooled crust. If you are going to salt the caramel sprinkle it on caramel layer now.
  4. Remove the remaining chilled dough from the refrigerator and crumble it evenly over the caramel.
  5. Return the pan to the oven and bake until the filling is bubbly and the crumbled shortbread topping is firm and lightly golden, about 25 – 30 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

Notes:

  • Store airtight for up to 5 days

Keywords:: salted caramel, cookie bar, butter, butter bars, cookie recipe, cookies and cups

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Shelley
September 25, 2021 7:30 am

Can you freeze these? They look delicious!

Brooke
August 30, 2021 10:22 pm

These are sooooooo good, absolutely delicious! My only complaint is that the shortbread on top was a LOT. I think next time I might make less shortbread? I put 1/3 of the dough down before the caramel, but the top was a huge mess every time we ate one. In the photos you can see caramel on top, but on mine there was SO MUCH DOUGH on the top. I need to figure out the measurements to make probably 3/4 of the shortbread, or maybe less.

Excellent taste though!

Brooke
August 30, 2021 10:23 pm
Reply to  Brooke

Actually thinking about it more, maybe that’s a high altitude thing? We are high altitude here, I didn’t make any adjustments.

Katelynj
August 20, 2021 7:35 am

I do not have a stand mixer! Can I use the hook attachments on my hand mixer?

MaidinAK
August 14, 2021 4:47 pm

I made these buttery delicious treats & shared with a couple of my neighbors. I was a hero in the hood & at home. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

Laura Vasquez
June 26, 2021 5:03 pm

Would you be able to freeze these?

Matty Ringel
June 12, 2021 6:58 pm

I absolutely love this recipe, I’ve made it many times and it’s impossible to screw up! However I was going to ask if any has used the Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten free flour for this? I want to make it for some friends and we have a gluten free lady joining us!

Joyce
September 8, 2021 5:12 pm
Reply to  Matty Ringel

I made these yesterday with Bob’s Red Mil 1:1 gluten free flour and they turned out great! I made them for a friend who is GF and she loved them. I tried one and thought it was very good!

Leah
May 30, 2021 4:14 pm

This is the cookie I always take to cookouts, parties, etc. Everyone raves about how good this is and always wants the recipe. It’s one of our absolute favorite cookies! Thanks for a great recipe!

Melissa
February 24, 2021 8:45 pm

Both my kids loved this! Thanks for sharing! I couldn’t get a photo to attach but it turned out great!

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Anne
December 18, 2020 9:46 am

I made these for my ladies Bible study. We are having a cookie exchange at the Christmas party and I was told that this was what I was to bring. I was wondering if anybody had tried the condensed milk caramel That you boil in the can?

Jessi
February 3, 2021 2:51 pm
Reply to  Anne

I was wondering the same thing, did you ever try it?

Jen
February 21, 2021 10:59 am
Reply to  Jessi

The caramel recipe was AMAZING!

Kate
December 16, 2020 9:43 am

These sound amazing! How do you do the nutella version you mentioned? Do you replace the caramel with nutella or add it?

Kate
December 16, 2020 12:00 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Oh my gosh! That looks amazing!

Erika
December 13, 2020 2:43 pm

I cannot get caramel candy where I live . Can you please give a from scratch caramel recipe that would work here? Thanks

Marcia
August 6, 2021 2:56 pm
Reply to  Shelly

You can also use the caramel bits (find them near the chocolate chips in the baking section of your market). They are easier because you don’t have to unwrap the caramel candies! Awesome!

Ruth Strand
August 17, 2021 5:04 pm
Reply to  Erika

Order on Amazon. I got them in one day.

Maria
December 13, 2020 1:39 pm

Can I adjust the amount of sugar and use less? Or will the crust not come out the same? It seems like a lot of sugar and would love to make it but using less. I just want to make sure the crust and crumble will still be able to form correctly?

Kelley Hampel
December 13, 2020 9:49 am

I am trying to get ahead on my Christmas baking. Do these freeze well?

Laura
December 5, 2020 10:39 pm

Unwrapped caramels?? Lol

Deana
December 2, 2020 7:54 pm

How or could I use peaches for the filling instead of caramel? The salted caramel are amazing and I was asked to make again for work next week and I am but would love to use peaches in another but not sure how to do it, please help, lol?

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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