As we head into month 3 of our Search for the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie, I decided to go with something a bit different…a Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar!  It is essentially a soft and delicious chocolate chip cookie that has a layer of salted caramel baked in the middle.  It is gooey, amazing and down right sinful in the very best of ways.  I ate more than I would care to admit but I just couldn’t help myself.  Keep scrolling to see how you can make this crazy good recipe for yourself.

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There is a part of me that feels selfish with this whole “Search for the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie” thing.  

But the truth is that although I am totally in heaven with making these recipes…you are absolutely benefiting too.

Who doesn’t want a dozen amazing chocolate chip cookie recipes that they can choose from whenever they feel like it?  You are right!  Nobody!  Maybe I should just, “your welcome!”

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade

How to Make Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars start with an amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Begin by melting your butter in the microwave.  I like to stop it when the butter is almost melted.  This makes sure that it isn’t too hot and won’t scramble my egg when I add it.

If for some reason you get side tracked and melt it for too long, then just let it cool for a while at room temperature before adding the rest of the ingredients.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade

Add both brown and granulated sugars to the melted butter and stir until it has pretty much dissolved.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade

Then add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla to the mixture and stir.  You want to be sure that everything is incorporated well but don’t go to crazy or it can make your dough tough.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade

Then add your dry ingredients {flour, baking soda, corn starch and salt} and stir until everything is mixed well.

Why add Cornstarch to your Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

We know that cornstarch can thicken sauces and other mixtures but it can also be added to baked goods.

When used in combination with flour it can soften the harsh proteins of the flour and make your cookies {or cakes} more tender.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade

Finally, add your chocolate chips.  I decided to go with mini chocolate chips but use whatever you have on hand.  Mix them in so that they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade

It  can be a little more difficult to add the chocolate chips when you are working with a cookie dough that starts with melted butter.  Just be patient and use your hands if you need to.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade

How to Assemble Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Put about 2/3 of the dough into a 8×8 pan that has been sprayed with non stick spray and pat it down into the pan.  You want an even layer of dough.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade

Then spoon and spread out the caramel over the first layer of chocolate chip cookie dough.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade

Sprinkle the top of the caramel with kosher salt, being sure to get it evenly distributed.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade

Then top the salted caramel layer with the remaining 1/3 of cookie dough.  Try to get it into an even layer.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade

Bake in a 325 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cookie bars are golden brown.  Cool for 20-30 minutes at room temperature.

If you are serving warm then you can go ahead and cut them at this time.  I have found that they cut better if you put them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade

Serve with more kosher salt on top if desired but I think they are perfect just how they are.  A scoop of vanilla ice cream and you have a dessert that dreams are made of.

This is a dessert that I would be proud to serve at a dinner party or holiday gathering.  They are soft, salty and absolutely delicious.  I couldn’t get enough!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade

Do you love Chocolate Chip Cookies?  Try these recipes…

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

A soft and delicious chocolate chip cookie is baked into a bar with an amazing layer of salted caramel that takes them over the top.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 bars

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter {melted}
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar {packed}
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4-1 cup caramel sauce
  • 3/4-1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Spray a 8x8 pan with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

  2. Combine melted butter and sugars. Add egg, egg yolk and vanilla to butter and sugar mixture, stir to combine. Add flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt and mix until incorporated. Finally, all chocolate chips to dough and stir to combine. NOTE: It can sometimes be hard to mix the chocolate chips into a dough with melted butter, so be patient and use your hands if needed.

  3. Put 2/3 of the cookie dough into the prepared 8x8 pan and press into the bottom. Pour caramel sauce over the cookie dough layer and sprinkle with kosher salt. Top with remaining 1/3 of cookie dough and gently press to try and get an even layer.

  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cookie bars are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting. Serve with additional kosher salt on top {optional}. Store in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.