Indulge in heavenly delight with our salted caramel chocolate chip cookie bars.
A perfect harmony of rich chocolate, gooey caramel, and irresistible cookie goodness. Elevate your sweet cravings today!
Welcome to a world where sweet dreams become a reality and your taste buds embark on an unforgettable journey.
Picture this: a symphony of velvety caramel, decadent chocolate chips, and the comforting embrace of a classic cookie – all in a single, irresistible creation.
Yes, we’re talking about the indulgent marvel that is the Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar.
Salted Caramel + Chocolate Chip Cookies
In the realm of desserts, few treats manage to capture the essence of comfort and luxury quite like this delectable masterpiece.
With its gooey caramel swirls and the perfect balance of salty and sweet, it’s no wonder that these cookie bars have earned a place of honor among the most sought-after indulgences.
Whether you’re a passionate baker seeking your next culinary triumph or simply a dessert enthusiast in search of pure delight, this is the recipe that will elevate your baking game and redefine your understanding of decadence.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Join us as we delve into the art of crafting these divine cookie bars, from the secrets behind achieving that irresistibly gooey center to the harmonious dance of flavors that will leave your taste buds craving more.
Get ready to awaken your inner baker and create a treat that will have everyone begging for the recipe.
Let’s embark on this sweet adventure together and unlock the magic of Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.
Why you’ll love this recipe!
- Gooey Caramel Euphoria:
Imagine sinking your teeth into a cookie bar that boasts gooey, luscious caramel centers. With each bite, you’ll experience a velvety burst of sweetness that beautifully complements the rich chocolate chips.
- Salty-Sweet Symphony:
The delicate dance between the sprinkling of sea salt and the sumptuous caramel is a symphony for your taste buds. This harmonious balance of salty and sweet elevates the flavor profile to new heights, leaving you craving that perfect combination again and again.
- Bite-Size Indulgence:
These cookie bars offer the perfect portion of indulgence, making them ideal for satisfying your sweet tooth without overwhelming your senses. Share them at gatherings, enjoy them as an afternoon treat, or simply savor them as a well-deserved personal reward.
- Easy-Breezy Baking:
Don’t be fooled by the gourmet appearance – crafting these cookie bars is surprisingly simple. Our step-by-step instructions and helpful tips ensure that even novice bakers can achieve outstanding results.
- Recipe Requests Guaranteed:
Brace yourself for a flood of inquiries and compliments as friends, family, and guests savor the divine flavors. Be prepared to generously share the recipe and bask in the glory of being the go-to dessert virtuoso.
- Customizable Creativity:
While this recipe yields sheer perfection, feel free to unleash your creativity. Experiment with different chocolate variations, caramel intensities, or even a sprinkle of your favorite nuts for a personalized twist.
- Soul-Comforting Satisfaction:
There’s something inherently comforting about a classic chocolate chip cookie, and these bars take that comfort to a whole new level. Whether enjoyed warm with a scoop of ice cream or savored with a cup of coffee, they’re a hug for your taste buds.
Ingredients for chocolate chip salted caramel cookie bars
Salted Caramel Ingredients:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients:
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips
How to make salted caramel chocolate chip cookie bars!
To make the salted caramel: Add sugar to a small saucepan on medium-low heat.
Allow the sugar to slowly melt, stirring every 20-30 seconds.
It will begin to caramelize into chunks, and eventually smooth out into a liquid.
Once melted, remove from heat immediately and stir in the butter.
Add heavy cream and salt. Stir until incorporated.
Transfer caramel to a bowl and allow it to cool.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13” baking dish and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract. Cream together using a hand-held mixer on medium speed.
Add in eggs, one at a time, mixing in between until incorporated.
Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt to the batter. Mix on low speed until combined.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Divide the cookie dough in half. Press half of the dough into an even layer in the prepared baking dish.
Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
Pour cooled salted caramel over the top of the baked cookie dough layer.
Use a spatula to spread the caramel into an even layer that covers the entire surface.
Use the remaining cookie dough to form a top layer by scooping a ball of dough into your hands, flattening it and gently placing over the caramel layer.
Some caramel may peak through the top layer of cookie dough.
Bake for an additional 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown.
Allow the bars to cool before slicing and serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use store-bought caramel sauce instead of making my own?
Absolutely! While homemade caramel adds a special touch, store-bought caramel sauce can be a convenient and equally delicious option.
Do I have to use sea salt, or can I substitute with table salt?
Sea salt’s larger flakes and milder flavor enhance the caramel’s taste and provide a delightful contrast. However, you can use table salt in moderation if needed, adjusting to taste.
Can I freeze these cookie bars for later?
Yes, you can freeze these cookie bars for up to a month. Ensure they are well-wrapped to prevent freezer burn, and thaw them in the refrigerator or at room temperature before enjoying.
What’s the secret to achieving gooey caramel centers?
The key lies in layering the caramel within the dough and baking at the right temperature. Make sure not to overbake, as that can cause the caramel to harden.
Can I use a different type of chocolate chips?
Certainly! You can use milk, dark, or white chocolate chips based on your preference. Mixing different types can also add an interesting twist.
What’s the best way to store leftover cookie bars?
To keep them fresh and gooey, store the bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. For longer storage, refrigerate or freeze as mentioned earlier.
My cookie bars turned out too dry. How can I prevent that?
Overbaking can lead to dryness. Be vigilant with the baking time and consider reducing it slightly if you prefer a gooier texture.
Can I make these bars in advance for an event?
Absolutely! These cookie bars can be prepared a day in advance and stored properly until your event. In fact, they often taste even better the next day.
What’s the best way to cut these bars neatly?
Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, ideally refrigerating them for a short while to firm up. Use a sharp knife, wiping it clean between cuts for cleaner edges.