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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are gooey and sweet - creamy chocolate chips with caramel - and only takes 1 bowl & 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 sticks butter, unsalted, melted (1½ cups)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or paste
  • cups chocolate chips (I like to use semi-sweet chips in this recipe to offset the sweetness of the caramel)
  • cups chopped caramel pieces (or caramel bits) (I like to chop the store-bought caramels into 2-3 pieces each, so they're not so big - the caramel bits work great too!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.

  2. Line a rimmed cookie sheet (about 12x17 inches) with parchment, letting the excess hang over the edges of the pan by about 1 inch so you can grab those edges and pull the bars from the pan after they have baked.

  3. Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside. x

  4. Whisk the melted butter and sugars in a large bowl until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined.

  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and chopped pieces of caramel (reserve 1/2 cup of caramels to top the bars with).

    Turn the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula. Add remaining caramel pieces to the top.

  6. Bake until the top of the bars is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from sides of pan, 24-28 minutes. Cool pan on a wire rack to room temperature. Once cooled, remove the bars from the pan by lifting the parchment overhang and transfer them to a cutting board. Cut into squares and serve.