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These Chocolate Chip Caramel Bars are seriously amazing. A layer of caramel sauce perfectly sandwiched between layers of the best chocolate chip cookie… it’s just plain amazing! If you love chocolate chip don’t miss my best Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars, and Piggy Pie Dessert!
The concept has been around for quite a while… adding caramel to chocolate chip cookies. I remember my MIL making these for my (then boyfriend!) husband and me 15 years ago. So nothing new here! I simply changed the recipe to use my chocolate chip cookie recipe and simplified the caramel sauce a bit. The final result is pretty darn amazing. Everyone in the family raved about how perfect these bars are and the kids already requested them for school lunch!
One tip for these bars, get ready to get messy. Spreading the cookie dough into the bottom of a greased pan (even if it is lined with parchment or foil) can make quite the mess. You can also try dipping your fingers in flour before spreading the cookie dough into a flat layer or using a large spatula that has been greased or dipped in flour. No matter how I try to do this step I always end up using my hands. 🙂
The sauce has 2 ingredients; caramels and evaporated milk. I have also used half & half, heavy whipping cream, and whole milk in place of the evaporated milk and found them to work just as well.
Simply place caramels and evaporated milk into a saucepan over medium heat and stir until the caramels are melted and the evaporated milk is incorporated. This takes anywhere from 5-10 minutes. Once the sauce a creamy and smooth remove it from the heat.
If you want to make the sauce completely from scratch here is an easy recipe.
Bring brown sugar, butter, and milk to a gentle boil (medium to medium-high heat) and cook until thickened, about 1- 2 minutes. Remove from heat; add vanilla extract. Stir well and allow to cool for 5 minutes before adding to cookie bars.
To make Salted Caramel Sauce, add in 1 teaspoon of table salt or more to taste. Just be careful you don’t burn yourself when taste tasting!
Try adding milk chocolate morsels instead of semi-sweet. Or even white chocolate chips. (This is a VERY sweet combination and I recommend making the salted caramel to offset the sweet.)
Sprinkle the top with sea salt or salt flakes. Anywhere from 1-2 teaspoons depending on the size (and flavor! some salts are very mild) of the salt. I do not recommend doing this with table salt.
Try making it 2 layers! Prepare the chocolate chip cookie dough and press all of it into your 9×13 baking dish, Bake for 18-23 minutes. While it is baking prepare your caramel. When the cookie bars are done, pour caramel sauce over top and then sprinkle some sea salt over top. Allow bars to come to room temperature and serve!
These bars are relatively easy to make and bake. They can be a fun way to make memories with the kids or be the most popular item at the school bake sale. No matter where you share them, folks will be thankful and probably ask you for the recipe!
These bars will ruin you for all other bars. They are the perfect combination of buttery chocolate chip cookie and rich caramel!
We often enjoy these hot – right out of the oven- and with ice cream.
Using a spoon, remove a portion from the pan (they will be ooey gooey and falling apart- this is a good thing) and place into a bowl. Top with ice cream, more caramel if you want, and serve.