Saturday, July 7, 2012

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Bars

These are the perfect mix of salty and sweet.  I got the recipe from Tracey's Culinary Creations.  I really like the caramel/chocolate combination.  I hope you do, too.  
  • 2 1/8 C. all-purpose flour
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • ½ t. salt
  • 12 T. (1 ½ sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 C. light brown sugar
  • ½ C. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ C. chocolate chips
  • 32 caramels
  • 1 t. sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Line a 8” x 8” baking pan with foil, hanging over each side, and spray with cooking spray
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla completely until incorporated
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, a little at a time, and use a rubber spatula to fold everything together (the batter will be very thick)
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips
  7. Transfer half of the mixture into the baking dish, spread into a layer
  8. Place the caramels on top of the bottom layer and sprinkle with the sea salt
  9. Use a small scoop to dollop the remaining cookie dough over the salted caramel
  10. Press down gently with your fingertips to distribute  
  11. Bake for 35 – 45 minutes, or until the bars are brown and firm to the touch
Tips and Tricks:
  • This will make 16 bars (2’ x 2”).
  • Allow the bars to cool in the baking pan before you remove them with the foil and cut into squares.

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