Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I have become completely overpowered by the force that is salted caramel. I simply can’t get enough of it, no matter how it’s presented to me. Ice cream? Pass me a spoon. Popcorn, Pretzel & Peanut Bars? Hand me at least three, please. Brownies? You may as well just give me the entire pan. Growing up I was never one to swoon over caramel sauce. Maybe because I had never had great caramel sauce – mostly just the jarred or bottled sundae toppings – it always seemed sickeningly sweet to me. However, this whole salted caramel craze has me doing a completely 180. Throw in a healthy dose of coarse sea salt like fleur de sel to cut that sweetness and give sauces and baked goods an entirely new dimension? I am ALL.IN.

In this particular instance, I adapted my all-time favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and added a layer of salted caramel sauce in the middle, and then sprinkled the top with more sea salt, just for good measure. A great deal of thanks to Maria over at Two Peas and Their Pod for creating such an amazing concoction. She really is the cookie queen!

These beauties are chewy, gooey, sweet, salty, and chocolate chip-y. What more could you ask for?

One year ago: White Chocolate-Coconut Brownies
Two years ago: Oven-Fried Onion Rings with Dipping Sauce
Five years ago: Maple-Hazelnut Oatmeal

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Yield: 16 cookie bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

(Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod)

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  1. Mary @ Bake Break on February 22, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I’m 100% in the same boat with salted caramel – you cannot go wrong with it! These might have to be made asap over here…

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  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on February 22, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I just posted caramel bars yesterday. I love caramel. Love love love it and yours look awesome!

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  3. CouponClippingCook on February 22, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Salt and sweet…count me in for sure! Looks delicious.

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  4. Donna on February 22, 2012 at 4:39 am

    I am 100% with you on the salted caramel addiction…it runs rampant in our family…french husband is a bonified freak regarding said caramel…Question…by wrapped caramels..do you mean Kraft caramels…could I use soft-looking caramels that I see in the candy aisles in France instead?..I can’t seem to locate Kraft caramels…even in the ex-pat stores nearby…will it damage the integrity of your recipe?! So enjoying your well-crafted/organised blog…

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    • Michelle on February 22nd, 2012 at 11:13 am

      Hi Donna, Kraft and Brachs are the most popular here in the U.S. but I think you could certainly use soft caramels, as you’ll be melting them down anyway.

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  5. Kathryn on February 22, 2012 at 4:56 am

    I can’t tell you how much I want one of those bars right now!

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  6. Blog is the New Black on February 22, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Salted caramel?! I DIE.

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  7. Villy @ For the love of Feeding on February 22, 2012 at 5:36 am

    I don’t think there is anything else you can put in there that will make it more awesome..

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  8. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on February 22, 2012 at 6:06 am

    All I can say is, yes please!

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  9. katie on February 22, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Wow they look sensational. I’m not a lover of caramel on its own but with salt and chocolate its just transfored. These cookie bars look so good

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  10. Kiri W. on February 22, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Mmmmm, that sounds fantastic! I love salted caramel, it should be such a nice contrast to the sweetness of the chocolate. :)

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  11. megan @ whatmegansmaking on February 22, 2012 at 6:18 am

    oh wow, do these look good!! I can’t wait to try them. Also, random, but I wanted to let you know that I was home (in butler, PA) last weekend and my mom had saved something out of the paper to show me – and it was you, in the paper! My mom asked if I knew you (she’s all into food blog stuff now) and I said we hadn’t met, but I feel like I know you since I read your blog/talk to you on twitter. How fun – congratulations!

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    • Michelle on February 22nd, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Oh how fun!! Next time you’ll be in town give me a holler and maybe we can grab lunch!

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  12. Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box on February 22, 2012 at 7:06 am

    I really need to jump on the salted caramel bandwagon! I’ve never tried it before, but just the thought of it sends me dizzy. Recipe sounds great, as always!

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  13. Katrina on February 22, 2012 at 7:38 am

    These sound so yummy! Love this idea!

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  14. Catalina @ Cake with Love on February 22, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I love everything caramel, these bars look divine!!!

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  15. modernworkinggirl on February 22, 2012 at 8:19 am

    One word: YES. Ok two: YES, PLEASE!

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  16. Erin @ Brownie Bites on February 22, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I have been on a salted caramel kick this year big time. There is something otherworldly about it. I’ll never forget the look on my husband’s best friend’s face when I ordered a salted caramel cocoa and the woman who made it for me picked up a big shaker of sea salt and shook it right over the top of my whipped cream. He just.. doesn’t understand.

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  17. Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie on February 22, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Mmmmm, caramel–my favorite!

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  18. Dee on February 22, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Ummmm….wow! That’s all I could say through the drool.

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  19. Maria on February 22, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I am so glad you liked the bars! One of our favorites!

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  20. Genola on February 22, 2012 at 9:15 am

    My daughter made these yesterday and they are wonderful! Look just like the picture. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on February 22, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I’ve been on a salted caramel kick too! I”ve been buying the sugar free syrup and making lattes with them everyday, and I even order them at Starbucks, but none of that comapres to your cookie bars. They look unbelievable!!! Bookmarking this recipe!!

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  22. Christina @ This Woman Cooks! on February 22, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Delicious!

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  23. Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen on February 22, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Caramel, cookies, you can’t go wrong! They look so gooey and delicious!

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  24. Jeri Barry on February 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I will definitely make these. Can I double the recipe with the same success? If so, what size pan would you recommend? LOVE your recipes!

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    • Michelle on February 22nd, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Hi Jeri, I think doubling the recipe would be fine; I would use a 9×13-inch pan. Enjoy!

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    • Lauren on December 6th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      I doubled the recipe and put it in two pans. They are delicious.
      You might not want to double the caramel. It seemed like a lot but I’m not a huge caramel fan. I am a HUGE fan of these bars though.

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  25. Serene on February 22, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I am drooling!! oh my gosh!

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  26. Amber, RD on February 22, 2012 at 10:27 am

    These look fantastic! It is just mean of you to post something so yummy looking on a day when I am supposed to be fasting! Couldn’t you have posted something like pureed liver and Brussels sprouts? ;)

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  27. Anne on February 22, 2012 at 10:41 am

    These bars are everything I love all mixed together making one pan of baked heaven. I can’t wait to make them!

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  28. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic on February 22, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I have been obsessing about salted caramel lately too (I just made salted caramel pot de creme and it was heavenly). These cookie bars are making my mouth water! Definitely going on my to-do list :)

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  29. Nancy on February 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Oh yum! I cannot wait to make these!

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  30. Mireia on February 22, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I just woke up from a nap (I’ve been lucky today) to find these amazing bars, I want them so bad now!!! They look amazing!

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  31. Connie on February 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

    These look so mouth-watering! Oh my!!! Caramel and chocolate? It’s just TWO of my favorite flavors in cookie bar form! Keeping this in mind for next time I need a decadent treat :-)

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  32. Amber on February 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Gah! These look so good!

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  33. Anita at Hungry Couple on February 22, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I’ve been seeing so many salted caramel items lately and have yet to try it myself. I’m kinda sure I’ll love it, though, because sweet and salt together is my thing…as in chocolate covered salty pretzels :) I need to make a dessert for an upcoming dinner party at a friend’s and this might be the one. Thanks.

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  34. Jenn (JJ'sCustomCakery) on February 22, 2012 at 11:44 am

    LOVE! Salted caramel has the taste buds drooling first thing this morning!

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  35. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite on February 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I really just love sweet and salty so much and I love these bars! They look incredible!

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  36. Georgia on February 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I keep saying I’m going to stop collecting recipes and then something like this comes along and I just can’t pass it up. Sounds delicious.

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  37. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on February 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I can see this being my new favorite dessert very very soon!

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  38. Cookin' Canuck on February 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    These look utterly irresistible! You really can’t go wrong with salted caramel.

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  39. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on February 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Oohh, this looks fantastic!! I am a firm believer that salty-sweet-combos are the best.

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  40. Tracy on February 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    OMG! I’m totally in a sweet-salty-chocolate place. YUM! Can’t wait to make these!

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  41. Lacy @ NYCityEats on February 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    MMM I love salted sweets! This sounds incredible!

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  42. Choc Chip Uru on February 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    These bars look sensational – what a great twist on the Choc chip cookie bar :D
    This is 100% my dish!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: 5 Min Wrap Pizza

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  43. Erin on February 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Salted caramel IS awesome. I made a salted caramel hot cocoa mix for Christmas this past year and it was fantastic. I should serve it with these bars ;-)

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  44. Amy's Cooking Adventures on February 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Ohhhh…these look wonderful! Definitely need to make them next time I have company!

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  45. Rebecca@A Dusting of Sugar on February 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    That looks so good and gooey inside which is my favorite thing. I think the only thing worth getting at Starbucks is the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate they have in the winter….mmm.

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  46. Living The Sweet Life on February 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with your caramel predicament – - not a big caramel fan, but salted caramel … I don’t mind living in the stuff!! This bar cookie, is making me hungry – - do you think anyone will notice if I run away from work, just to make these ;)

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  47. TeoBucatar on February 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I like caramel!!!

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  48. Stephanie on February 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I’m totally with you – bring on the salted caramel! In fact, I just posted salted caramel macarons yesterday and tomorrow I’m posting salted caramel whoopie pies.

    I can’t wait to try your recipe – it sounds divine!

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  49. Sally @ sally's baking addiction on February 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    i am completely obsessed with any salty/sweet treat. These are right up my alley! I pinned them for a future recipe idea. i love your recipes, you are a genius in the kitchen michelle! :)

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  50. Jennie @ The Messy Baker Blog on February 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    These bars look amazing. I absolutely love salted caramel. You have a beautiful site.

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  51. Angelyn on February 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    These look so incredibly good!

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  52. Abby on February 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    amazingness! I’m in love with salted caramel too, trader joes has the best chocolate bar with caramel and black sea salt.

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  53. Rachel on February 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Caramel and chocoloate chip cookies?? YUM! These look fabulous and I will be making them soon. Caramel has always been a favorite of mine…my grandmother and mother make soft caramels from scratch. They are nothing like caramel sundae topping, no where near as super-sweet!

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  54. Maxim Weinstein on February 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Wow, these sound delicious. Anything sweet and salty gets my attention! If only it weren’t such a pain to unwrap all those individual caramel squares.

    P.S. It would probably also work to melt the caramels into the cream in a double boiler or over a *very* low flame, stirring frequently.

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  55. Debbie on February 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    You have made me into a salted caramel fanatic! I was just like you, I could take or leave caramel. Now I am crazy for salted caramel ANYTHING!

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  56. Jessica @ Hungrygems on February 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I am a permanent passenger on the salted caramel train! Bring on that brownie!

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  57. Tracey on February 22, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I feel similarly – I never really cared much about caramel up until a few years ago, but now I can’t get enough, especially when there’s also salt involved. I bookmarked these when Maria shared them, so I’m glad to see you enjoyed them too!

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  58. Jen on February 23, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Could you use your homemade salted caramel sauce in place of the melted caramels for this? I really want to make these, but I have no caramels in the house, so I thought I’d try doing homemade sauce instead. :)

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    • Michelle on February 23rd, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Hi Jen, Yes, you can do this, just use enough caramel sauce for a thin layer on top of the bottom cookie layer.

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  59. Ann on February 23, 2012 at 12:56 am

    This is totally delicious! To start off with, I love chocolate chip cookies…and I love cookie bars! Now you went and added salted caramel to the delicious mix? SUPER!

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  60. Karen Creger on February 23, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I will ask my Mom to bake me a bunch of these “salted caramel chocolate chip cookie bars”. They look super delicious, now I’m craving to have one!

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  61. colleen on February 23, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I was going to type a comment, but then I drooled all over my keyboard. Holy yum

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  62. Vicki on February 23, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Hey Michelle,

    Do you think I could use chocolate chunks instead, much like the ones called for in the coconut chocolate chunk blondies? Or might it just throw off the ratio of delicious to more delicious?

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    • Michelle on February 23rd, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Vicki, I honestly think that 2 cups of chocolate chunks here would be too much. The 2 cups of chocolate chips results in a LOT of chocolate. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! :)

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  63. Amanda @ foodfascinations on February 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Oh wow. Salted caramel and chocolate are my favorite things. Could I use my own salted caramel recipe or do you need the firmness of the bought kind? I usually make a thick sauce. Thanks!

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    • Michelle on February 23rd, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Amanda, You could use your own. Just add enough to make a thin layer on top of the bottom cookie layer.

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  64. Katie on February 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    You’re combining all of my favorite ingredients in this one bar. These look like they’re just loaded with goodness!

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  65. Rebekah on February 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I made these last night and didn’t realize until I had put way too much caramel on top of the chocolate chip cookie dough layer that I was using a 8×8 instead of 9×9 pan, it ended up more like a caramel chocolate chip cookie swirl! haha. And on top of that I used my own homemade caramels with the extra whipping cream in them to make the “sauce” layer and I think it was a bit too liquidy, so they’re a huge gooey mess! But still wildly delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

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  66. Donna on February 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I think these would be amazing with chunks of Valrhona “Ivoire” chunks….to the ovens!

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  67. natalie@thesweetslife on February 23, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    i’ll be making these asap :) can’t get enough of salted caramel lately!

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  68. Bakeaholic on February 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Wow. These look absolutely divine!! I’ll be making them very soon. Thanks for passing along the recipe!

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  69. patti on February 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I love your blog & make the chocolate chip cookie recipe all the time! Was wondering is it possible to sub the cream out for milk?

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    • Michelle on February 25th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Hi Patti, I have always made caramel sauces (either from scratch or with pre-made caramels) with cream, I’ve never used milk. I can’t say for sure what result you would have, although it may not thicken up to the level it does with the cream.

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  70. sue griffore on February 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Mine are in the oven right now. Some in the family don’t think a bar/brownie is complete without frosting. If I need to put a drizzle on these — what would you recommend? ………….. I am hoping to prove them wrong. Thanks, Sue

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    • Michelle on February 27th, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Hi Sue, I wouldn’t frost these, but if you need to use a drizzle, I would suggest either some melted chocolate or a little caramel sauce (or a little of both) to accent the flavors in the bar.

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  71. Kristin on February 26, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I am nomming on one right now; they are SO good! The hardest part of this recipe was definitely waiting for them to cool enough to cut them. Crispy yet doughy/chewy, salty-sweet, chocolate and caramel. Unbelievably good!

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  72. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee on February 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    holy cow. I want these so badly

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  73. Kristan on February 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    My daughter can’t eat chocolate – was wondering if I can substitute either butterscotch or peanut butter chips for the chocolate chips?

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    • Michelle on February 28th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      Hi Kristan, You could use either, although I would probably lean towards the peanut butter, which would balance the sweetness of the bar.

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      • Kristan on March 3rd, 2012 at 9:36 pm

        Made them last night with Reese’s peanut butter chips and they are outstanding! The only downside is trying to maintain self control and not eat the entire pan in one day!

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  74. Ally on February 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Oh my goodness, these sound so decadent & delicious!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

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  75. NRS on March 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Made these today. So so so yum! Thanks.

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  76. Stephanie on March 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Just made these last night for a work event and I’ve already had 3 people come over and tell me how awesome they are (and they’ve only been out a half hour!)!! I passed on your website to them. Thanks for the awesome treat! :)

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    • Michelle on March 7th, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Hi Stephanie, So glad these were a hit! And thank you for passing along the site! Happy Baking! :)

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  77. Lisa D on March 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    O.M.G. These were AMAZING! I’ve been dying to try them ever since I saw the recipe! I made them today and they were a slice of heaven. So decadent and so delicious! CCCs and salted caramel are two of my favorite things ever, and having them combined in one dessert is pure perfection. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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  78. britt on March 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Hi there!
    I dont have unsalted butter, how would they turn out if i used normal salted butter? Would i use less salt?
    thank you (: these look awesome (:

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    • Michelle on March 15th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Britt, You can use the salted butter, just omit the salt in the recipe.

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  79. amy on March 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    these are SO delicious!!! i tried them out yesterday and i can’t stop eating them! :) thanks again for another fabulous recipe!
    xoamy
    http://www.cupcakesncouture.com/2012/03/salted-caramel-chocolate-chip-cookie.html

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  80. katm on March 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

    These look so good! However, I have never made anything using salted caramel. How much sea salt do you use on the caramel and then again on top of the bars?

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    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      I really just go by look. I take a pinch or two and sprinkle evenly over the top. There isn’t a solid layer of salt, but an even sprinkling.

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  81. ang on March 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I have to tell you… I made a double batch of these last night and brought them to the office today. I maintained my willpower and didn’t eat any (I don’t know how), but my coworkers devoured them. I was told they were heavenly!! They definitely smelled intoxicating!

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  82. Alinia on March 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I took these to my church’s hospitality potluck where they were a super-hit! Everyone wanted to know the recipe. Easy enough to direct them to your “sinful” blog
    as one woman put it. ;)

    I found that the top layer of cookie dough coverage is easier if you flatten each spoonful of dough between your hands before placing it on the caramel layer. And do the spreading quickly, before the caramel layer starts oozing up between the pieces.

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  83. Lisa from the 'Burgh on March 26, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I bought everything to make this recipe tonight. Is there a guideline for the amount of sea salt? I don’t want to over (or under) salt these. Thanks!

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    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Hi Lisa, No real guidelines. I just used two or three pinches, enough for a healthy dose over the area.

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  84. Lisa from the 'Burgh on March 27, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I am meeting up with some friends for dinner tonight so I whipped together a batch of these to share with them. I wasn’t sure how much salt to use to top the caramel and the cookie dough so I just took a guess and they turned out great. My friends are all salted caramel fanatics–I can’t wait to see how they like the bars (I had to sample them and have to say it’s hard to give them away)!

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  85. Cora @ Cora Cooks on April 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I don’t bake very often, but when I do I want it to be something wonderful. I’ve made these cookie bars twice in the past month and gotten rave reviews both times – including my own! Today I have observed that they are even better and richer tasting the second day – if they last that long! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  86. Sarah on April 30, 2012 at 1:54 am

    I just made these and I only had an 8×8 pan so they are very thick and when I cut into them the bottom was all gooey, I can’t tell if its from the caramel or because the bottom layer is not cooked :(

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  87. Caldwell Price on May 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Love homemade caramel sauce. I just put these in the oven, I added a large handful of crushed pretzel pieces to the top layer of dough!

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  88. Jessica on May 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I’m thinking of adding some walnuts to these. Do you think they’d be better in the dough or sprinkled over the caramel layer? And most important, would these be good with nuts in the first place?

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    • Michelle on May 30th, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Hi Jessica, Sure, I like nuts, and I know a lot of people enjoy walnuts in their chocolate chip cookies. I would probably mix them into the dough so they’re evenly dispersed. Enjoy!

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  89. Dawn on June 3, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I noticed an error in the instructions: “Store leftovers in an airtight container” …. Seriously? There are NO leftovers with this recipe! Absolutely incredible!!!!!

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  90. Gaby on June 11, 2012 at 8:47 am

    How long do you think these will be good for? I would love to make them and ship them to my dad but I am not sure about them lasting during shipping.

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    • Michelle on June 12th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Hi Gaby, I think they would be good for about 5 days or so, wrapped or stored in an airtight container.

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  91. Sarah on June 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Made these last night, brought to work today cut into small pieces. Placed in break room at 10 am, disappeared by noon! I think I should have been more generous with the salt. I was worried about oversalting but I did the opposite and didn’t really taste the salt. But nonetheless I received many compliments!
    On an unrelated note, the first of your posts I ever read, I saw you refer to your Chief Culinary Consultant and thought, wow, she must have a whole team of people helping her! I was embarrassed for myself when I figured out who you were referring to.

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  92. Anonymous on June 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    OMG. This recipe looks sooooo goos. I looked at the original (the one you modified) and I definitely think the salted Carmel was a great idea. Keep up the good work. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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  93. Lauren on July 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    This recipe is AMAZING! Everyone loved them!

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  94. Kai on July 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Once again you’ve increased my popularity both at home and at the office. These are INCREDIBLE! Yum.

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  95. Courtney on July 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    As I’m sitting here, trying not to drool… just outta curiosity, would I be able to sub half whole wheat flour and have them still turn out? I’m thinking about taking these on vacation for my family next week but am interested in making them a tiny bit healthier…

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    • Michelle on July 29th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Hi Courtney, I have never done it, so I can’t give you a definite answer, but you could certainly try. If you do, let me know how it turns out!

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  96. Will on August 14, 2012 at 2:16 am

    These are simply excellent; I’m really glad I made them. I’m also no stranger to the hunt for the perfect chocolate chip cookie as I’ve tried a bunch of different recipes, and fortunately I think I’ve come pretty close to getting there. The secret recipe actually came from a a New York Times article (not so secret) and the most interesting technique it suggested, that I found actually works, is keeping the dough in the fridge for twenty four hours or more. I was skeptical, but resting the dough really does allow it to develop a deeper flavor.
    More to the point, I was really close to making the regular cookie recipe on this blog, but the caramel addition was too hard to pass up. They turned out phenomenal, and once again I’m left with the dilemma of wanting to share with my friends, but also wanting to keep them to myself. I don’t think I’ll be able to keep my family away from them, though.
    The base cookie recipe itself was actually very similar to the New York times article, including the addition of sea salt. I’ve left it out on the batches of NYT cookies I’ve made just because I didn’t think it was entirely necessary, but with the bars here I think it definitely added another dimension to the overall product. I only added sea salt to the top of the dough (partly because I only remembered it right after I put the pan in the oven) but I think that was enough for me.
    I always have to add walnuts to my chocolate chip cookies, but I’ve also found that using chopped dark chocolate as opposed to chips really works well. For a full recipe like this I’ll get a pound chocolate bar from Trader Joe’s, which is an awesome deal, chop up half of it and throw it in the mix. A mix of chips and chunked chocolate doesn’t hurt either, but I didn’t have any. I also used half and half as opposed to cream, and there was no harm done.
    So long story short, these are really really good. I think next time I might let the dough rest for day, which I didn’t here, and see how that goes. It seems like it’d be pretty tough to improve on what I already have, though.

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    • Hannah on November 1st, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      My grandmother’s chocolate chip cookie recipe is truly the best, but only when she makes them. Now I’m thinking that’s because she always put hers in the fridge beforehand too, and I never do that. I will try it! Thanks for the tip!

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  97. Kim on August 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Are these truly baked in a 9×9? 2 Cups of chocolate chips seems a lot for that size of pan. Thanks for your help.

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    • Michelle on September 27th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Hi Kim, Yes, baked in a 9×9 pan! I love lots of chocolate chips, but if you don’t, you can reduce the amount.

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  98. Sophie on September 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Hi there!
    I’ve been lurking on your website for a little while and I’ve now found dozens of cakes, bars and pies I want to try and make. However, I’m from France, and here we measure ingredients in grams, and after searching on the internet, it seems I can’t find trustworthy equivalences between grams and cups, teaspoons, tablespoons…Would you have some advice here? That would help a lot ;) And anyway, thanks for an amazing website that never fails to make me want to cook ^^

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    • Michelle on September 30th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      Hi Sophie, Unfortunately I don’t have a dedicated conversion resource. I usually just type it into Google!

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  99. Angeli on October 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Would it be possible to use dulce de leche instead of caramel candies? or should i make my own caramel? i don’t want to take a trip to the market. I want to use up my heavy cream, butter and sugar before buying more stuff! thanks!!

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    • Michelle on October 10th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Hi Angeli, You could definitely use dulce de leche or homemade caramel sauce.

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  100. Catherine on November 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I am getting ready to make these deliciouse looking bars, my kids and I love salted carmel anything, however, I live in Colorado and was wondering if know other than the adjustment to the flour if there are any other adjustments that need to be made. I do know that with regular choc. chip cookies I have to increase flour and decrease amount of sugar and add a bit of water. Just wondering if it would be the same with these bars. Looking forward to making them.

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    • Michelle on November 22nd, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Hi Catherine, I would make any adjustments that you make to regular chocolate chip cookies, as this recipe is based on a chocolate chip cookie recipe. Enjoy the bars, they’re amazing! :)

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