Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

These Salted Caramel Butter bars are one of my most requested recipes ever!

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!
They 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.
Get in your kitchen asap and whip up a batch of these!

You get to use caramels too, which is always a bonus!


It’s all a pretty easy process, just a few steps, honestly.

You make dough.

You divide dough.

You bake somecof the dough.

You chill some of the dough…

You melt caramel.
You spread caramel.
You sprinkle salt on the caramel…
Then you sprinkle more dough…
Then finish baking.

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

I will tell you that these bars are delicious.  Really delicious.
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 🙂

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

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For the Crust:

  • 1 lb. salted butter room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbs vanilla OR – I used Princess Cake Emulsion..
  • 4 cups AP flour

For the Filling:

  • 1 bag (14 oz.) caramel candies (about 50 individual caramels), unwrapped
  • 1/3 cup milk or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt


To Make the Crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugars. Using mixer on medium speed, beat together until creamy. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. Sift the flour into the butter mixture and beat on low speed until a smooth soft dough forms.
  3. Spray a 9×13 inch baking pan lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Press one-third of the dough evenly into the pan to form a bottom crust. Wrap remaining dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator.
  4. Bake crust until firm and the edges are a pale golden brown approx 20 minutes. Transfer 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 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 tsp vanilla and stir until combined.
  3. Pour the caramel filling over the 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 before cutting into squares.


  • Store airtight for up to 5 days
  • Recipe adapted from this book

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I'm out of my funk just lookin' at those! I think these need to make an appearance at T-giving.


Yum! These would be great for thanksgivng!


OH! MY! GAWD! I have died and gone to dessert heaven!(I'm in a funk because it's 60 degrees out – cold to me – and I took my car to the autobody shop. Apparently the pole that connected with my driver-side door is the winner!)

Diane {Created by Diane}
Diane {Created by Diane}

Salt and Caramel!!!
Oh…I'm in heaven 🙂
These are sure to get you out of your funk!
They look delicious.


Wow, a whole lb of butter! I always use light butter, but I'll have to give these a try! They look delicious(:

Ethel Chinander

Very definitely going to try this.use real butter. Light butter has a sh**load of water added to it.


only use real butter,, this is a shortbread so needs to be butter


So what does it mean if my fat jeans are now elastic waste sweat pans? Sigh.
The. bars. look. de-lish!


These are truly a testament to the idea that butter makes everything better. Even funks. Glorious.


so glad you liked these! your pictures look gorgeous. by the way, i can totally relate to your "funk", especially in terms of the skinny jeans….


Can these be frozen?


After these the funk better have been wiped out. The karate movies are enough to funk anyone out.


I'm so sorry you are in a funk. Your list definitely sounds funkable. But after makign these cookies you have to feel better! They sounds so fantastic! I can't wait to make them. Sadly, I'll probably eat them all.

tease-spoon of sugar

Holy crap! Those sound and look delicious. They're going on the xmas baking short list. Hope you're out of your funk. Skinny jeans are overrated. ; )


OMG – I might die of deliciousness. And let's be honest, a day where you can catch up on an entire season or dvr'd shows is never a waste!


Oh Em Gee. I wish we were neighbors so I could come over and gossip about skeevy Michael Lohan while we scarfed down a bunch of these yummy looking bars.

Didn't you say you were in the market for a vacation home in rural Arkansas?

Yep, pretty sure you did. 😉

These look just awesome.


Hehe – love the post title but most of all love these treats. They look super delicious.

Les rêves d
Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany)

These look delightful…and no wonder with that amount of buttery goodness! Guess what, it's 2.07pm here and I'm in my pj's too!!! Ahh, maybe I should go some buttery treats to get me up and about?


Those look incredible!! I will be trying them for sure!! Good luck with your funk!


I've made these bars from that book before and oh. my. gosh….SO good! We re-named them the 7,000 calorie bars, but they're so delicious we don't even care how sinful they are!


I like it



Any suggestion for a homemade version of the caramel filling? We can't get caramel candies where I live… Thanks for another yummy looking recipe!


yeah, no caramel candies here either. I wonder if caramel syrup would do?

Midnight Baker

See my post above using caramel ice cream topping and flour. Caramel syrup is too thin in comparison to ice cream topping and won’t work well. During baking, it will bubble up through the top layer and bake into the bars. It will also leak through the sides and become hard, especially as it cools. Some of the syrup will soak into the base our could soak through.

Alison Peleskey

I make homemade caramels every year at Christmas and we just used those. Homemade caramel is pretty easy (and you can find recipes online). They were delicious in this!


If you submerge (this is crucial) a 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk in a pan of water and simmer about 3 hours, upon opening the can you will discover the most delicious caramel! As a note, if the can is not submerged the entire time it’s boiling, I’ve been told things could go terribly wrong. Something about the pressure build up in the can…you get the picture.

Midnight Baker

Borden’s doesn’t recommend caramelizing their sweetened condensed milk directly in the can. If you go to their website you will find they have 3 methods for doing it other that in the can for safety reasons.

karen hime

I’ve tried this using my slow cooker,on low over night totally and absolutely cover the can with water. Works great and is so easy and delicious.


I make caramel this way all the time. It’s the only one I’ll eat, it is the best! I put in a large pot, cover with water, and boil for several hours, checking after each hour and top with more water, as needed. Been doing this for years, with no problems!

Midnight Baker

Yes! Combine a 12.5 ounce jar of caramel ice cream topping with 3 level measuring tablespoons all-purpose flour; mix well until completely blended. This will cover a crumb layer for a 13×9-inch pan of bars and was is the original caramel filling in the Pillsbury Bake-Off finalist recipe for Oatmeal Caramelitas. It has always been one of their most requested recipes. It still won’t be as tacky and stiff as the melted Kraft caramels, but don’t be tempted to add more flour or the caramel will taste “floury.” It will be delicious but a softer caramel.

I’ve used the boiled sweetened condensed milk version of caramel for years. My family won’t eat anything else lol. I refuse to jinx myself beyond saying that done carefully it does work! Here’s a link with several ways of doing it explained. I use #1 — do NOT NOT NOT let the water get closer than an inch to the can — if you have to add water, make sure it’s boiling water! 🙂 Biggest problem is that it takes a long time to do — enough so that you if you’ve got the funk and need your fix quickly,… Read more »

I was planning on using the caramelized sweetened condensed milk myself, but I can’t decide – do you use it straight as is, or still thin with milk and vanilla???


I use a condensed milk version
2 cans cond milk
140gm of butter
2 TBSP of golden syrup
1/4 C brown sugar

Melt all together then allow to cool 10 mins

Brenna Hawley

Oh man, I've been in my own sort of funk, to the point of not even wanting to bake. That's when you know it's a really bad funk! Maybe these can bring me out of it 🙂


Ooo, I'm drooling! These look so great!

Lovin' your blog!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls


Sadly with all the baking I have been doing my fat jeans are fitting way too well…definite funk moment. But those bars…yummilicious!!!!

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet
Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet

Seriously if they didn't help you out of your funk I don't know what would, I've got a bit of a think for salted caramel at the moment.


Off to try these asap!! They sound incredibly perfect!


*drool* looks amazing!!!

Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything}
Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything}

I'm a Housewives addict too…my guilty pleasure. I have some caramels that never made it to my apples so I think I will try this.


Great tutorial!! I'm dying to try these.

I posted this on my blog

let me know if you mind.


Um, holy wow. I think this is the fastest I've ever bookmarked something. I can't wait to make these!!


Yum!! Printed this one-looks and sounds soo yummy!

Trainer T.s Fitness

I would be addicted!


These look AMAZING! I have never seen these before and I even have the cookbook. I looked it up, but I like your version better! 🙂
Funny post!


Oh u have the cutest blog and i have that cutest book:-)
Its a super cool book and i love the colors and prints in there!!
these sound jus the bars i wud lovee to indulge in!!
So lovely!!


BDW, i love princess cookies flavor so muc too!!




Hahahaaa, thanks for the giggle! Love the fat jeans being your skinny jeans comment, we've all been there and hello, LOVE all the housewives! Oh yeah, and the treats look delish too! 🙂

Jenn Erickson
Were we separated at birth? Holy moley — those look amazing! I've been in a funk these days too. The time change must have something to do with it — totally throws the whole universe out of whack! Well, I'm glad to hear that you employed a little salted caramel therapy and that your week is on the upswing! I was working on my blogroll today — on my blog it's a page called "Good Eggs". I realized that I only had one food-related blog listed and knew just who to add…YOU! Here's the link.

As everyone has already mentioned…these look amazing! You had me sold at "salted caramel". I'm sorry you have been in a funk lately (I think a lot of us are in that boat right now). Stay positive and keep on baking!


Oh I have been in a funk for about a month now….oh sweet butter only you can help me…I was passing by to say "HI" and wow glad I did..these are amazing…yum girl yum


Kristie Maynard

Holy stromboli!!!! Do these ever sound yummy. We are having an open house for our business in a few weeks and our customers are always expecting some new and different cookies from me. These might just fit the bill. That is if we don't eat them all before the customers get here!

<br><br><br><br><br>Dr.Sameena Prathap
<br><br><br><br><br>Dr.Sameena Prathap


Those bars look wow…yummy…love them…:)

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These would definitely take me out of any funk, and if you say this is one of the best things you have made, I am buying caramel and more butter today:)


So I just finished making these for a family event today and it is a good thing that the are leaving the house because they are so good. The salt is killer with the caramel… new staple square. Thanks!

cookies and cups

Jen ~ yay!! SO glad you liked them…I just scraped out the pan and ate the crumbs. I have no shame.

Sweet Sins

I love emulsions… I love that I am not the only one who gets in a funk for all said reasons… I love butter… I'd love to stay home and get caught up on laundry while watching jersylicious! I have not seen any episodes since season 1. Eeekkk Must add to the DVR list!

naomi {@bakersroyale}
naomi {@bakersroyale}

Um, love these! These would definitely get me out of funk.

BTW-YOu are too hilarious love the one about the fat jeans being your skinny jeans-I can so relate!


You had me at carmel. These sound wonderful!


Those look like the perfect thing to kick your mood. I totally hear you about the weather lately – the wind on Monday was insane – definitely not looking forward to our Jersey winter.


Looks wonderful. I so have a weakness for caramel. 😉


"My fat jeans are now my skinny jeans." Love it!
These bars look like the perfect solution for a funk!


OH my oh my my mouth watered at the CARAMEL!!! WOW!