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Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars

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Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars – easy sugar cookie bars filled with chocolate chips and caramel! These gooey bars are the perfect dessert recipe!

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Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars - easy sugar cookie bars filled with chocolate chips and sandwiched with gooey caramel sauce! These gooey bars are SO addicting.

So…question: is football over yet? I’m asking for a friend. No? Okay then, fine.

In all honesty…I think I’m kind of over football season (before it’s even gotten started) because I haven’t been invited to a party yet. A friend of mine mentioned one but it didn’t happen…so now I’m thinking I need to organize something. Because watching football is way more fun when the husbands watch it in the family room and the wives gossip over wine in the kitchen.

And did I mention football food? I feel like I’ve been training all my life for football party eating. Chips, nachos, dip, cookies and bars: I’ve emptied out one of my legs especially for the occasion.

Before you get baking for next weekends games (because I know you all tailgate, right?) you need to print this recipe. These ooey gooey Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars are the dessert that your next party will be talking about for days.

Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars

This recipe is a brainchild of so many other recipes. I started thinking about all my favorite gooey bars, especially the chocolate chip ones. But then I thought I’ve been there, done that…so I decided to make my favorite sugar cookie recipe and add chocolate chips. But, still, I wanted to fallifize (remember that word I made up?) the recipe…so I decided to use caramel in the center, like I did with my Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Bars.

All in all I ruminated about this recipe for DAYS before I finally made it. Seriously, I went back and forth akin to my husband picking his fantasy team for the week.

The result of all my brainstorming resulted in these Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars. They’re a sugar cookie crust, made with my favorite Challenge Butter, stuffed with gooey chocolate chips and layered with caramel sauce. Once they bake they’re gooey to the MAX. As you can tell, I probably cut these a little too soon. I wanted the gooey to come across in my photos…and they ended up being plate-and-fork bars. But after a few hours of chilling in the refrigerator they were much more manageable finger food.

As you know, I’m an ambassador for Challenge Dairy this year. I absolutely love their butter; it’s the only kind we ate when I was growing up. The butter is 100% sweet cream with nothing artificial added and it’s farm-to-fridge in just 2 days. My dad loves their butter so much he talks about it with everyone he knows – if he was a blogger he’d be their first and only ambassador! When you’re making a cookie bar like these where the flavor of the butter shines through, you want to use a good one, one that tastes amazing. For me, that’s Challenge.

Plus, all the gooey. I mean…see that chocolate and caramel? TO DIE FOR.

Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars - easy sugar cookie bars filled with chocolate chips and sandwiched with gooey caramel sauce! These gooey bars are SO addicting.

These were another of those “get them out of the house this instant” bars. I didn’t get them out fast enough…and I ate about six. In one day. While Mel watched football…

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Servings: 24 bars

Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars

Total Time:
1 hr
Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars - easy sugar cookie bars filled with chocolate chips and caramel! These gooey bars are the perfect dessert recipe!


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted Challenge butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups + 1/4 cup all purpose flour — divided
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 11-12 ounce jar caramel or salted caramel ice cream topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cream butter and sugar with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or you may use a hand mixer). Once the mixture is creamed and fluffy, mix in the eggs and vanilla extract until smooth, then mix in the baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Slowly mix in 4 cups flour until the mixture is just combined, then stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Press about 2/3 of this mixture in the bottom and about 1/2” up the sides of the prepared pan.
  4. Stir the caramel sauce and remaining 1/4 cup flour in a small bowl. Pour over the top of the dough. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining dough evenly over the top of the caramel.
  5. Bake for 25-33 minutes, or until the top looks done and is golden around the edges. It will still be someone jiggly in the center. Cool completely before cutting. It’s easier to cut when it’s chilled.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

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I am an ambassador for Challenge Dairy. This post has been sponsored by them, all opinions are 100% my own.


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  1. I rarely get invited to football parties, which is probably why I don’t like football more than I do. If that happened, I would spend a lot of time eating nachos and brownies in blissful contemplation of the glory that is football.
    These look like the perfect party contribution. You had me at butter! 🙂

  2. Oh my gosh, you are speaking my language! I don’t care for football at all, but my husband loves it. So I just make all the food and enjoy that haha. These bars look fantastic, Dorothy! Jut what I need to get me through game day!

  3. HOLY GOOEY. These are incredible! You combined so many of your other awesome recipes into this amazing one! And I’m right there with you – I’ve also been training my whole life for football food. Lol! I absolutely love football season, it’s my favorite time of year, and we often have guests over. These are next on the menu!

  4. The recipe just says 1 1/2 cups in the entry underneath the butter. I’m assuming that’s sugar? Brown sugar?
    They look like a definite try-me-now bar!

  5. A gooey bar and a butter bar met and got married and this is beautiful! I love the comment about your dad talking about the butter with everyone he knows 🙂

  6. I am not a huge football person but am tempted to host a football-watching party just so I can make these bars and share them!

  7. You should throw your own blogger “football” party. Aka all the most delicious and beautiful foods while everyone’s men go and watch the game.

    These bars are making me really, really hungry. Is it snack time yet?

  8. Wow, these looks wonderful. Wish I was there to sample them. xoxo

  9. I have always been a Challenge Butter fan, too.  And I’m with Mir, in bliss with the football with the right snacks.  And when I hear the college fight songs of Michigan and Notre Dame, I know it’s fall, my favorite season.

  10. Challenge Dairy sounds awesome! I don’t think we have them in Ohio 🙁 And ugh I’m def over football season already. But I will never ever ever get tired of cookie bars as gooey and buttery and amazinggg as these!

  11. I think my weekend needs a pan of these bars!

  12. I’m not crazy about football myself.  These look so yummy and gooey! 

  13. Saw these on pinterest and now I totally want these for breakfast! They look great!

  14. Hi! These look great! Just checking – 2 TABLESPOONS vanilla? thanks!

  15. I made these just as the recipe states and they r amazing!

  16. I do not have a paddle attachment to my stand mixer. Can the regular beaters be used? What is the difference? Thank you.

  17. Yum! So good my granddaughter asked for these for her birthday.

  18. If the batter was made the night before would it keep alright in the refrigerator until the next day?

  19. I’ve made these and we love them!! I want to make them for a friend who has celiac. Have you ever made them gluten free?

  20. Can’t wait to try these, they sound amazing! We are dairy farmers and used to be Challenge shippers, and we still are just now to the bigger company they were purchased by, but still produce that label!

  21. Is it necessary to line the pan with foil? What is the purpose of that? I’m worried about cutting the foil when I cut the brownies and having little pieces of foil in my dessert. :/

    • I did, and it made it so much easier to get them out of the pan in a presentable fashion. Mine were fairly crumbly. I cut a large piece, pulled up a corner of the aluminum foil, put the big piece on a serving plate and then cut it there into smaller pieces. Plus with the cooked caramel, it made clean up easier.

  22. I made these and they were Ah-mazing! Curious if you think you could use batter for cookies? Maybe minus the caramel. I didn’t know if they might spread too much?

  23. These are so very addictive, thanks for the recipe! I love that they are soft but they are quiet crumbly – do you think if I use just a little less butter next time that would make them less crumbly? I used regular butter.

  24. These are good, I made them the first time and bake the bottom layer first for about 10 minutes. The second time I forgot and did what the recipe said. Pre-baking the bottom layer is much better!

  25. Hi! All I have are salted caramel bites. How would you suggest I treat them for this recipe?

  26. Hi! Could I use homemade caramel instead of a jar?

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