Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I made these last week and you will want to make them VERY soon. I love anything caramel and the sea salt just added to the taste! These were so good. I forgot to put the first sprinkling of sea salt over the caramel layer, but topped the bars with the salt. We thought it was just enough salt.
Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

12 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg plus 1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

11 ounces caramel bits (or 11 ounces caramel squares, unwrapped)

3 tablespoons heavy cream

sea salt, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 325. Prepare a 9 x 13 pan by lining with foil.(Beth just sprayed the pan with cooking spray)

In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter and sugars and mix until combined. Add egg and egg yolk and vanilla, and mix until combined. Add flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix until just combined (be careful not to over mix). Gently fold chocolate chips into the dough.

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the caramels and heavy cream, and microwave on high power at twenty second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Spread half of the cookie mixture in the prepared pan, pushing with your hands to form an even layer. Pour the melted caramel over the top and spread to cover. Sprinkle with sea salt. Top with remaining cookie dough.(Beth patted this out between my hands and laid the dough on top of the caramel)Sprinkle the top with more sea salt.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until very lightly golden around the edges. Be careful not to over bake! The cookies are best if they are soft and a little gooey. Remove from oven and let cool 10-15 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack. Cool almost to room temperature before slicing.

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