Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

Let’s kick off Monday with something a little sinful, shall we? My husband just left for 10 days and I could use a cookie.

With holiday baking and hustle-bustle in my rearview mirror, it’s been a slower month for me in the kitchen and behind my laptop. You’d think that would leave more time for kicking back on the couch and getting foot rubs (I wish), but it’s been busy in other ways. We’ve started to work on the ugly-upstairs-office-turned-nursery transition for our little Junebug, and it couldn’t make me more excited for her arrival.

With hubby in San Diego and me at home, he’s relieved of baby prep madness for a bit, and I get to have all the cookies… Works out for everyone!

At least that’s how I’m justifying how terribly I’ll miss him.

But really, I’m a big girl and it’s not such a bad thing. I foresee lots of nights spent cuddled up with the hugest, softest blanket ever, my favorite chick flicks, and cereal for dinner. Rice Krispies with Splenda and cinnamon, to be exact. At least once.

It’s a preggo obsession that might become a forever one.

These bars, though, are already a major obsession… and a mighty naughty one! Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie dough surrounds gooey, molten salted caramel in these incredible cookie bars. The sweet-salty taste is totally addictive, and each bite is irresistibly better than the last. Half cookie, half bar, and a whole lotta delicious dunked in a tall glass of milk. It’s the best of both worlds!

You’re just gonna love these. Using just basic pantry staples, you can create an easy, elegant dessert for sharing with family and friends!

Or, you know, not sharing…

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

Yield: Makes 12-16 bars

Ingredients:

For Salted Caramel Sauce:
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

For Chocolate Chunk Bars:
Nonstick cooking spray
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

For the Salted Caramel Sauce: In a medium saucepan set to medium heat, add butter and sugar. Cook and stir with a wire whisk, 6 to 7 minutes, or until mixture turns a deep amber color. Watch closely to avoid burning. Slowly and carefully stir in cream, vanilla and salt. Mixture will be bubbly. Whisking constantly, cook 1 to 2 minutes until sauce thickens and coats back of spoon.

For the Chocolate Chunk Bars: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9x9-inch baking dish with aluminum foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add flour mixture; mix just until moistened. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread half of cookie batter in prepared baking dish. Pour salted caramel sauce over batter, spreading almost to the edges. Spread remaining batter over caramel layer.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Cool bars completely in pan set on a wire rack. Lift out bars by grabbing the foil edges and place on a cutting board. Cut into bars.

Store in an airtight container up to 5 days.

Enjoy!

Adapted from McCormick

      

42 Responses to “Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars”

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    Becca @ Crumbs — January 20, 2014 @ 4:24 am

    Wow these look good! And you should definitely indulge in a film and cereal evening MORE than once ;)

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    Ashley — January 20, 2014 @ 5:04 am

    Holy moly these bars!! Is it bad that I would absolutely eat one for breakfast right now?? I miss my husband when he travels but I do love the alone time so I can watch whatever TV shows I want! lol

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — January 20, 2014 @ 6:39 am

    Good grief. I think these cookie bars are probably better than a husband. For ten days or so.

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — January 20, 2014 @ 7:54 am

    Oh please please make these come through the computer screen. I just want to slurp up that drippy caramel!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 20, 2014 @ 7:55 am

    That caramel in the middle is making my mouth water soooo much right now! This looks great!

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    Angela Muir — January 20, 2014 @ 8:02 am

    i kind of want to lick my screen right now. these look ahhhhmazing! :)

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    Kathryn — January 20, 2014 @ 8:06 am

    Want these so bad!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 20, 2014 @ 9:15 am

    I just died of happiness looking at these bars. WANT THEM ALL.

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    shelly@ohshellsbells — January 20, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    is it terrible that i love not having to share cookies?!!?!? haha enjoy your cookies all to yourself!

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    Eileen — January 20, 2014 @ 10:12 am

    Oh my goodness Georgia. These do look sinful :) Makes me want to head off to the kitchen to make a batch. Hope all is going well for you and baby.

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    Phi @ www.sweetphi.com — January 20, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    OK, I am officially drooling over here. These look SO GOOD ! Sooooooo Goood! I am going to need to make this recipe asap! Thanks for sharing!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — January 20, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    Oh my heavens, look at these babies. I just fell in love.

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 20, 2014 @ 10:45 am

    I can see these becoming an instant obsession!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — January 20, 2014 @ 11:00 am

    I am sorry your hubby has left for almost two weeks but at least you get to have some alone time and eat all the cookie bars you want.

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    Erin | The Emerging Foodie — January 20, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    Beautiful and delicious. Pinned!

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    Annalise @ Completely Delicious — January 20, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

    Georgia these sound fabulous! I’m not pregnant but I’m pretty sure I’ll be craving a whole of these anyway!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — January 20, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

    These are so good they could make a girl faint!!!

    That caramel….*swoon*

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — January 20, 2014 @ 1:10 pm

    Yes! This is exactly what I need on a Monday! Yum yum yum

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    Chris Scheuer — January 20, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

    Wow, these look totally amazing! Love that soft caramel!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — January 20, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

    You just didn’t find anything good to do with that salted caramel, did you? ;)

    These look incredible! I need to put caramel in more stuff. For now, I’ll have to deal with my spoon and jar of caramel.

    Have a fun time without your husband! :D

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — January 20, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

    Love, love, love this recipe, Georgia! I just adore salted caramel. And, in chocolate chunk cookie bars? AH-MAZING! Cannot wait to make these babies. Thanks for sharing, my friend!

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    sarah k @ the pajama chef — January 20, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

    these cookie bars look SO indulgent. love ‘em!

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    DessertForTwo — January 20, 2014 @ 7:41 pm

    Wow, these bars sounds awesome! Sorry hubby is out of town, I know how that goes :(

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    Tieghan — January 20, 2014 @ 11:05 pm

    Good gosh. These are insane! Incredible! Caramel and cookies are prefect together!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 21, 2014 @ 12:22 am

    With that oozing salted caramel, how can I resist these beauties?!

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    easyfoodsmith — January 21, 2014 @ 12:23 am

    Gorgeous! How can I not pin them!

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    cquek — January 21, 2014 @ 5:06 am

    This is one of my favorite things to make for tea- time

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    Jess — January 21, 2014 @ 9:56 am

    Yum, these look lush! Love salted caramel and chocolate- will have to try these! :)

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    Gaby — January 21, 2014 @ 11:18 am

    Loving that ooey gooey caramel layer!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — January 21, 2014 @ 12:05 pm

    I need these in my life, oh my gosh.
    They look like the most scrumptious thing ever, and that caramel sauce is calling my name, yuuuum!
    Hope you have a relaxing, cookie filled time with your blanket! Enjoy! xx

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — January 21, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

    Ahhhh, love these so much! Chocolate chip cookies + salted caramel is a match made in heaven. YUM!

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    Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet — January 21, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

    Caramel and cookies – that’s my kind of therapy. Pinning these!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 21, 2014 @ 5:44 pm

    These bars look killer, love the salted caramel and the salty-sweet profile!

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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — January 21, 2014 @ 8:43 pm

    Those pictures are amazing. That lovely caramel dripping down….fabulous, Georgia!

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    Kitchen Belleicious — January 21, 2014 @ 9:30 pm

    love the addition of the caramel. takes a normal choc chip cookie to a whole new level

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    Monet — January 21, 2014 @ 10:12 pm

    I always make myself a batch of cookies when Ryan leaves ;-) These look so delicious, Georgia!

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    Ramona — January 23, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    Don’t think I’m crazy, but I want to seriously eat that entire pan full of deliciousness? Wow.. these are insanely good looking. :)

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    Deanna @ DB and Jelly — January 23, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

    My mouth is seriously drooling right now. I think I would be obsessed too!

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    Jeremy Norton — February 1, 2014 @ 3:05 am

    This is another delightful recipe that the kids will surely enjoy.

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    didy knot — June 23, 2014 @ 5:24 am

    Did ANY body make these.?? Be a shame not to.

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    Jill — December 15, 2014 @ 5:26 pm

    Is there any way to adjust this recipe for a 13×9 pan? They look beyond delicious and I want to make them for a cookie exchange.

    • Georgia — December 15th, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

      The baking ratios/times may be a bit different for baking in a 13×9-inch pan, so I couldn’t guarantee success. But, I have lots of caramel-filled cookie recipes on this site, too, if you’re interested in something else!

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