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Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

There are few things in life that cannot be fixed with salted caramel and butter, so as my life has gotten increasingly more crazy and stressful, my desserts have gotten simpler and more butter laden! Starting with these Salted Caramel Butter Bars – they have been known to work miracles!

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Butter is comforting, no? Maybe I am secretly French.

The secret to a good life? Beurre. #fact

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

This recipe is from Cookies & Cups  and Shelly uses these to cure bad days too, so I am not alone here!

These Salted Caramel Butter Bars look complicated but they are actually super easy because the bottom crust and the top crumble are the same shortbread dough. Easy peasey.

They came together in just under an hour, but 50 minutes of that time was spent impatiently waiting for the bars to cook!

 Salted Caramel Butter Bars

I used homemade salted caramel because I had some in refrigerator from these salted caramel cupcakes, but you could use caramel candies to simplify these bars even further.

I also baked mine a bit longer than the directions so my bottom crust and top crumble were a little crunchy, which added some texture to the bars but that is completely unnecessary; they would be just as delicious as soft and chewy bars.

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Do you know what else makes everything better? Shark Week. #obsessed

I didn’t get to watch any this year (tear), but I’ve gotten inexpressible enjoyment out of reading the memes and someecards. #whyaretheysofunny 1312240974958_1111009

So throw some Salted Caramel Butter Bars in the oven and cozy up on the couch to watch Shark Week reruns!

And there is my recipe for happiness. You’re welcome.

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 24 Bars

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

These Salted Caramel Butter Bars are incredibly easy! A buttery shortbread crumble surrounds a salted caramel filling for the perfect salty-sweet dessert!

Ingredients

    For the Crust and crumble:
  • 2 cups (1 pound) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • For the Filling:
  • Either 1 cup homemade salted caramel or the following
  • 1 (14 oz) bag caramel candies
  • 1/3 cup milk or cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Butter or line with parchment paper a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl combine butter and sugars, mix on medium speed until creamy. Add the vanilla and beat until combined.
  3. Slowly add the flour to the butter mixture on low speed and mix until a smooth, soft dough forms.
  4. Press 1/3 of the dough into the prepared baking pan, and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the edges are a pale golden brown. Refrigerate the remaining 2/3 of the dough.
  5. If you are going to make your caramel from candies, do that while the crust bakes.
  6. Place the unwrapped caramel candies and cream in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minutes. Stir until smooth. If the caramels are not completely melted, continue microwaving on high heat for 30 second intervals, stirring after each one.
  7. Once the caramels are melted, stir in the vanilla. Set aside until the bottom crust is done baking.
  8. Pour the caramel filling over the crust, sprinkle with salt and crumble the remaining dough over top.
  9. Continue baking until the filling is bubbly and the topping is firm and lightly golden, about 25-30 minutes.
  10. Let cool before cutting into squares. (I know, I know…go ahead and cut a corner out for quality control…the things we must do as bakers…)

Notes:

*I halved this recipe and made 16 squares in an 8x8 baking dish, because I am only one person and I have no willpower where butter and caramel are concerned. They will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.

Recipe from Cookies and Cups

https://americanheritagecooking.com/2014/08/salted-caramel-butter-bars/

Did you make this recipe? I want to hear all about it! 🥳 Tag me on Instagram @cheflindseyfarr and use the hashtag #americanheritagecooking

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Bailey’s Irish Coffee Caramel Brownies

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88 Comments

  • Ernesta @BakingSecrets
    August 20, 2014 at 7:10 am

    As always looks great.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 20, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Thanks, Ernesta!

      Reply
  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
    August 20, 2014 at 8:08 am

    You had me at salted caramel, Lindsey! I definitely think these bars would help me get over a bad day, too. They look amazing! I love all of the caramel and buttery flavors. Wish I had one for breakfast! Pinned!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 20, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Is there anything as good as caramel and butter?! Nope…well, probably chocolate, caramel and butter but that’s besides the point!

      Reply
  • Ella-HomeCookingAdventure
    August 20, 2014 at 8:08 am

    These bars are irresistible. Love how they look.. I’m really craving for something like this now…

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 20, 2014 at 10:29 am

      It know it’s too early in the day to be dreaming about butter and caramel…yet here we are 🙂

      Reply
  • Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen
    August 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Um, yes please!!! Salted caramel and butter are two of my very favorite things. These bars are totally up my alley! Pinned!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 21, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Me too! Thanks for the pin, Kristine!

      Reply
  • marcie
    August 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I love how you roll with all this salted caramel action here — I can’t get enough of the stuff! And with butter…all that butter. These bars are the stuff dreams were made of! Salted caramel makes me SO dramatic. Pinning. 🙂

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 21, 2014 at 9:07 am

      lol! BUTTER!!! It makes me dramatic too. Thanks for the pin!

      Reply
  • Liz
    August 20, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I have a jar of caramel just waiting for this recipe! My kind of stress reduction, too 🙂

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 21, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Yay!!! You’ll love it, Liz! Stress be gone!

      Reply
      • Barb
        November 21, 2017 at 9:48 pm

        Can I use the caramel apple dip

        Reply
        • Lindsey
          December 26, 2017 at 11:14 pm

          I think that is a genius idea!

          Reply
  • Jessica @ Sweet Menu
    August 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Salted caramel = amazing! These bars look incredible! I just love the crumble on the top. So impressive!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 21, 2014 at 9:15 am

      And secretly so easy! Love when desserts work out like that!

      Reply
  • Miss Kim @ behgopa
    August 20, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Looks like a stress relieving treat. I agree with you about butter. It’s so good and comforting. What kind do you use anyway? A long time ago, I’ve learned the hard way that good butter makes all the difference in the world when baking. I’ve baked same things using different butter and the one baked with cheap bleh butter turned out BLEH compared to when baked with the better butter. Oh and what is Shark Week, a reality shark show?

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 21, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Girl, tell me that ain’t true!!!! Google shark week right now. It is in some ways a reality show but it’s a whole week of marketing genius by the Discovery Channel, during which they play nothing but shows about sharks. Love me some sharks!

      I use whatever organic sweet cream butter they have at the grocery store. What should I be using is the question?

      Reply
  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    August 20, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    mmmmmmmmmmmmm salted caramel. MMMMMM BUTTER! Butter DEF is the ultimate comfort.

    NEED THESE NOW

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Haha! You so do! Thanks!

      Reply
  • Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T
    August 21, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Oh my, Oh my….I’ve just found the best dessert ever! I’m drooling. Pinned!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Haha Thanks, Julie! And thanks for the pin!

      Reply
  • Bibs @ Tasteometer
    August 21, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Quick, easy and store cupboard ingredient treats are definitely for me these days. I’ve always loved chocolate like most people, but caramel is always my first choice.

    I so need these ASAP,thanks. Must work my way through your other suggested caramel desserts too.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 21, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Thanks, Bibs! As you can see I love salted caramel!

      Reply
  • David @ Spiced
    August 21, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I’m also fairly certain that these bars will make me happy. Very, very happy. And I love the baking them a bit longer trick…that will definitely have to happen. Are there any leftovers? Because I could really go for one of these with my morning coffee right now!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 21, 2014 at 8:38 am

      There *were* leftovers until my husband came home last week and cleaned out the fridge!!! So sorry! Good thing they are easy enough to just throw together 🙂

      Reply
  • Josephine
    August 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

    These look just amazing! I want to do them! Thank you!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 21, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks Josephine! Super easy especially if you don’t make your own caramel!

      Reply
  • Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven
    August 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Eeeek! These look FAB, Lindsey! Seriously, bring ON the butter in these gorg bars! Totally wishing I could faceplant into several dozen of these right about now….;) Pinned.

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    • AmericanCooking22
      August 22, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      Thanks, Sarah! And thanks for the pin!

      Reply
  • Julia | JuliasAlbum.com
    August 21, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Gorgeous dessert bars! Your photography is getting better with each post! I am gluten free right now but your photos make me crave salted caramel in a dessert bar!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 22, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      Thanks, Julia, I am really trying to work on it and my editing skills. That explains the gluten free crepes, which look delicious btw!

      Reply
  • Consuelo - Honey & Figs
    August 21, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Yes indeed, butter does make about everything x100000 times more perfect and that’s a fact. And so does salted caramel. I mean, these bars are bound to solve all of my problems mmm. Send them to me pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 22, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      Haha! I would if I hadn’t eaten them all already!!

      Reply
  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    August 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Lindsey, I got a call today from these Salted Caramel Butter Bars? Yeah…, I have bad news. They want to come live with me. 🙂

    Pinned! And pinned! And pinned!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 21, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      BAHAHAHA! ALOL. I’ll bet they do…the little traitors.

      …still laughing 🙂

      Reply
  • Thalia @ butter and brioche
    August 21, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    wow these butter bars look so sugary and delicious. definitely could devour a couple right now, love anything to do with salted caramel!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 22, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Thanks so much! Me too!

      Reply
  • Bill
    August 23, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I think salt and caramel together might be one of the best combos ever! Add some butter to the mix and I’m in! Another great recipe, Lindsey!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 23, 2014 at 10:44 am

      For sure! Everything is better with caramel!

      Reply
  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen
    August 23, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Need salted caramel now! These bars look fabulous Lindsey! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend 🙂

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 25, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Thanks! Have a great week!

      Reply
  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
    August 25, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Holy moly, yup, I think these bars would make me feel 1000x better on a bad day too! Love the salted caramel and butter combo! These look incredible!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 25, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Thanks, Kelly! They are magical like that

      Reply
  • Sophia
    August 26, 2014 at 3:01 am

    These look amazing, I’m sure they could cure any bad day.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 26, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Thanks, Sophia! That they can!

      Reply
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    September 4, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Do I put the cream in the caramels before I microwave? It doesn’t say.

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    • AmericanCooking22
      September 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      I’m sorry! Yes put the cream and caramels together in a bowl and then microwave. I’ll update the recipe! Thank you for letting me know!

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  • Tiffany Craig
    September 27, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I just made these and have used about 20 paper towels trying to soak up the greasy butter underneath and on top of the bars. It is 4 sticks which equal 2 cups, right? It seemed like a lot when I read it, but hoped it would turn out. So greasy. Help!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      September 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      My bars definitely left a little greasy, butter mark on a napkin (or on the wood board that I used to photograph them) but no where enough to soak through anything. I’m not entirely sure what the problem could be. Perhaps because I cooked mine longer? They were actually slightly crunchy. It is 4 sticks of butter. I wish I could be of more help!

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  • Rhonda
    October 4, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I made this last night AND the salted caramel sauce….EXCELLENT recipe. Heavy on calories with all the butter and so worth it! I’m bringing some to my grandparents tonight. 🙂 Thank you for posting!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      October 4, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      There is definitely no shortage of calories here! lol! I’m so glad you made and liked it, Rhonda! I’m sure your grandparents will enjoy them! Well done on the caramel too!

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  • Loveskilts
    November 22, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Last year I made a batch of these and screwed up and doubled the butter. I realized it after the fact and made a new batch with the correct amount, fearing that I’d give my family butter poisoning as a Thanksgiving treat. Everyone liked the double butter mishap better. Making them again this year for T-day and doubling the butter AGAIN. Beurre… is SO where it’s at 😉

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    • Lindsey
      November 24, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      I couldn’t have said it better myself! Beurre is definitely where it is at! I’ll have to try doubling the butter!

      ps- ain’t no such thing as butter poisoning! haha! 😉

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    November 1, 2016 at 12:06 am

    OH My Goodness … bites of heaven on earth!!! added macadamia nnts to filling and sprinkled dark chocolate chips on to at end of baking …. So glad you shared this recipe …. absolutely DEVINE

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      Ooooo Tobi, that sounds heavenly!!!

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  • Liz
    December 24, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Is 2 Tablespoons of vanilla flavoring correct? The abbreviation used is 2 Tbsp. Which is tablespoons but that seems very excessive. 2 tsp. Or teaspoons seems more plausible. Can you clarify?

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    • Lindsey
      January 18, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      Hi Liz! I definitely use 2 tablespoons but I like my vanilla! Feel free to cut it down if you’d like. Happy baking!

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    August 17, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I made this yesterday and the carmel filling stuck to the edges of the pan. I used parchment paper and greased the sides of pan. They broke when cutting but taste alright. I think I will stick to millionaire squares as I never had a problem with them. The Carmel layers does not stick like the Kraft carmels. Worth a try anyway.

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  • Jacki
    November 3, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    We absolutely love this recipe. It’s a huge hit. Have you ever tried to make them in advance and freeze them?

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    • Lindsey
      December 26, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      Hi Jacki, I haven’t but I have 100% confidence that that would work!

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  • Kristen
    December 16, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    I just made these and they are insanely good. One piece is more than enough. I made the home made salted caramel and it is equally insanely rich. I increased the recipe by a 1/2 for a full sheet pan and it worked out perfectly.

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    • Lindsey
      December 26, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Hi Kristen! I agree on the one piece! They are delightfully rich!

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  • Cathy
    December 23, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Omg!!! These are SO GOOD! They came out far better than I ever expected. Butter, caramel yumminess!

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    • Lindsey
      January 1, 2019 at 11:09 am

      I’m so glad Cathy! So simple yet so delicious! Happy New Year!

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  • Chelsey
    February 26, 2019 at 11:07 am

    I want to ship these to someone deployed, it usually takes about 10 days for the food to get there. do you think these will last 10 days at room temp?

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    • Lindsey
      March 30, 2019 at 10:12 am

      10 days might be pushing it depending on the heat. If its super hot, I wouldn’t. Otherwise, sure! I’m sure they will appreciate these! Make sure to send enough to share! They are addicting!

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  • Julia
    November 6, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Question: I made these salted caramel butter bars and they are amazing! Everybody loves them. Can I make a batch ahead of time and freeze them? How do they do in the freezer? I am going to be in a Christmas craft show and I am prepping ahead of time and really need to put stuff in the freezer.

    I made the homemade salted caramel and I did make an adjustment to the recipe. I used ground sea salt in the homemade caramel recipe and it was far, far too salty. I read it again with half a tablespoon and it was perfect.

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    • Lindsey
      November 21, 2019 at 10:54 am

      Hi Julia! Absolutely freeze away! Just wrap them really well and put them in a ziplock bag to keep the flavor as fresh as possible! Happy baking!

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