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…

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


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


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


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.


  • 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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367 Responses
  1. Megan

    Ohhh, these look killer! And I want that Sticky Gooy cookbook too! I saw Princess Emulsion at Rosses the other day. I might have to go back and pick some up and give it a try!

  2. Beth

    I made these on Sunday and had to take most of them to work for fear that I'd eat the entire pan! They are divine.

    I love your writing style. Very witty with fantastic recipes!!

  3. Donna

    I loved these! I made them yesterday, brought them to a birthday party but because of the cake and ice cream they weren't really touched. I brought them to work today and one of the guys that tried them only had the reaction, "oh my god, these are so salty." Grrrr……I guess my office is not ready for salted caramel. I was a bit disappointed in his reaction. Oh well, I love them but don't dare step foot out front, where they are, for fear of eating the entire plate.

  4. Monica H

    It's a good thing I'm wearing elastic right now so i don't have to worry about my jeans not fitting later on. ha!

    Hope you're out of your funk by now!

  5. Erin

    Hello again! I made these today and holy heck! They are AMAZING!!! I had a hard time waiting for them to cool before I cut into them! Thanks you SOOO much for this recipe!!!

  6. The Queen of Chocolate

    your blog is so cute!!!! i really like it! i have a food blog as well, I'm italian but all the recipes are traslated in english if you want to visit me sometimes! bye bye 😉

  7. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]

    Ahh butter sure makes everything better!! I'm choosing not to say anything about me jeans, denial is the best way 🙂

  8. Ingrid

    lol, those are bars are funkilicous! In other words perfect and I don't think I've seen them before so thanks for sharing!

    Happy Friday!

  9. Cate

    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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. Jen

    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!

  13. Raina

    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:)

  14. 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!

  15. bonnie

    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


  16. Monet

    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!

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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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