When it comes to chocolate desserts, it doesn’t get any better than this!! These caramel filled chocolate chip cookie bars have so many layers of goodness, you’ve got to try them to believe them!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

It’s hard to beat a classic chocolate chip cookie!

Unless you add caramel…

Another layer of chocolate chip cookie…

And top it all with rich chocolate ganache!

OK…now I’ve got to go make another batch of these salted caramel chocolate chip cookie bars!!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

If there was a competition for the most decadent “guilty pleasure” dessert recipe, these ooey-gooey caramel chocolate chip cookie bars would win hands-down!!

Ok, no more talking…on to the good stuff!! Let’s make some cookie bars!!

Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Ingredients

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  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Unsalted sweet cream butter, melted and cooled
  • Light brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Semisweet chocolate chips
  • Caramel candy squares
  • Heavy cream
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • 9×13″ baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Wire cooling rack
  • Stand mixer
  • Non-slip mixing bowls

PS – We make healthy desserts too! When I’m being “good,” I love to have a batch of these chewy almond butter chocolate chip cookies on hand. They’re gluten free!

Caramel chocolate chip cookie bars recipe:

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 When it comes to chocolate desserts, it doesn't get any better than this!! These salted caramel chocolate chip cookie bars have so many layers of goodness, you've got to try them to believe them!
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Caramel Filled Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs
 

 When it comes to chocolate desserts, it doesn't get any better than this!! These salted caramel chocolate chip cookie bars have so many layers of goodness, you've got to try them to believe them!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 people
Calories: 540 kcal
Author: Stacey aka the Soccer Mom
Ingredients
Chocolate chip cookie bars ingredients:
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted sweet cream butter melted and cooled (12 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 12 ounces caramel candy squares (about 3/4 of a 1 lb bag, unwrapped)
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
Chocolate ganache ingredients:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 bag mini chocolate chips 12 ounce bag
Instructions
To make the chocolate chip cookie bars:
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

  3. Using a standing mixer or hand mixer, cream together the melted butter and sugars on medium speed until combined.

  4. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and mix until combined.

  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the batter with mixer on low speed. Stop when batter is just combined to avoid over-beating.

  6. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.

  7. Add caramels and heavy cream to a medium saucepan over medium heat. As caramels start to melt, whisk together mixture until smooth - about 2 minutes.

  8. Press half of the cookie dough into a prepared 9x13" baking pan (we used parchment paper), smoothing the top down with a spatula.

  9. Pour the hot caramel over the cookie dough and spread into an even layer, leaving about ½ inch around the border, so you can seal the caramel inside with the top layer of cookie dough.

  10. Drop the remaining cookie dough in spoonfuls over the caramel and gently spread the dough with a spatula until the caramel is covered. Start from the outside and work your way to the middle to help seal in the caramel.

  11. Bake for 30 minutes at 325°F, or until the top of the bars are a light golden brown.

  12. Place the pan on a wire rack and cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for about 30 minutes to allow the caramel layer to set.

To make the chocolate ganache:
  1. Using a small sauce pan, heat up the heavy whipping cream until it begins to simmer.

  2. Add 1 (12 ounce) bag of mini chocolate chips to a medium mixing bowl. Pour the hot whipping cream over the chocolate chips and let sit for a minute or two. (We use mini chocolate chips for this step because they melt easier).

  3. When chocolate begins to melt, whisk together with hot cream until smooth.

  4. Pour chocolate ganache over cookie. If needed, use a spatula to smooth and evenly distribute.

  5. Optional - melt a small amount of caramel using the same technique above in cake instructions. Drizzle caramel over the chocolate ganache and run a knife through the caramel to give it a swirl look.

  6. Place into the fridge for an hour to allow the ganache to set.

Recipe Notes

Note: Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.

Nutrition Facts
Caramel Filled Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 540 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 237mg10%
Potassium 204mg6%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 49g54%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 570IU11%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

How to Make Caramel Filled Cookie Bars

Here’s a look at how we layered the cookie dough and caramel:

How to make chocolate chip cookie bars

I just love how you can see all the layers of the finished cookie squares! Cookie – caramel – cookie – ganache – caramel

How to make Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Squares

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Cookie...caramel...more cookie...topped with rich chocolate ganache - these Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are out of this world!

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Last updated on December 2nd, 2019 at 01:00 pm