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…

Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars

Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars - easy sugar cookie bars filled with chocolate chips and caramel! These gooey bars are the perfect dessert recipe!
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 24 bars
Serving Size

Ingredients

  • 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
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • 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.
  • Press about 2/3 of this mixture in the bottom and about 1/2” up the sides of the prepared pan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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  1. 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. :/

    1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. I use this recipe all the time and it’s always a favorite! People request it… but I have a question?

    The company we ship our milk to produces challenge butter and they are making a recipe/cook book this year and I was wondering if I could include your recipe!