Friday, March 9, 2012

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

The name says it all. These decadent cookie bars are studded with chocolate chips and filled with a rich salted caramel. 

These bars are chewy and gooey on the inside with the perfect balance of sweet and salty throughout. I'm a big fan of salted caramel and I love a good chocolate chip cookie, so when you combine the two, you get an amazing dessert indeed!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Yield: 16 cookie bars

2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips
10 ounces caramel candy squares, unwrapped
3 tablespoons heavy cream
Fleur de sel (or other sea salt), for sprinkling over caramel and bars

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square pan; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

Using an electric mixer, mix together the melted butter and sugars on medium speed 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 medium microwave-safe bowl, combine the caramels and heavy cream. Microwave on high until the caramels are melted, stirring every 20 seconds. This will take about 2 minutes.

Press half of the cookie dough into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Pour the hot caramel over the dough cookie dough and spread into an even layer, leaving some empty space around the edges. Sprinkle the caramel with the sea salt. Drop the remaining cookie dough in spoonfuls over the caramel and gently spread the dough with a spatula until the caramel is covered. Sprinkle the bars with additional sea salt.

Bake the 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 the bars on a wire rack to room temperature, then refrigerate for about 30 minutes to allow the caramel layer to set. Cut into squares and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.

* I used a jar of fleur de sel caramel from Trader Joe's instead of making my own.
* Make sure to sprinkle the top of the bars with salt to get the perfect balance of sweet and salty.

Inspired By: Brown Eyed Baker


Jennifurla said...

holy moly, and I would lick the plate! ha

anniebakes said...

anything with sea salt is right up my alley, these look awesome! anne

Val said...

This recipe has left me speechless....amazing.

Bake-A-Holic said...

The combination of chocolate and salted caramel seem to be a big favorite. This dessert is a crowd pleaser for sure!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those bars look terrific! What a great texture.




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