This Salted Caramel Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe can be made with little effort in little time!
These Salted Caramel Sugar Cookie Bars tastes like a sugar cookie butter bar with salted caramel. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Easy, buttery, and delicious.
Do you want to know the question I get asked a lot? It is whether I enjoy baking or cooking more, because clearly I do both. It is always hard for me to answer that question because it depends on the day and the season. For instance, I enjoy baking more in the fall and the winter because I enjoy making holiday treats! I enjoy cooking more in the summer because I like to grill. Now for the spring, I am not sure. I guess it’s a toss up. I need to think about it a little bit more. As we begin to transition into the fall where we will be bombarded with pumpkin recipes, fall recipes, and apple recipes, this transition period is where I like to do both, baking and cooking that is. I love making tailgate food recipes and fall baking. I love filling my house with the aroma of cinnamon, apple, and pumpkin. My husband always says when I start my fall baking it is a sign to him the football is right around the corner, which makes him happy along with these Salted Caramel Sugar Cookie Bars.
In case you are new to ‘Brown Sugar’ (thank you and I hope you subscribe to my blog) I really, really try to make easy recipes that using common ingredients that most of us already has in our homes. I really try to stay away from making recipes that are too difficult and require a million and gazillion ingredients that you either don’t have or will never use again. I know as a consumer, I can’t stand browsing through a magazine or a cookbook, fall in love with a photo and put it on my “must make” list only to see that the recipe requires wildberry extract, cactus plant, and/or leeches. Like, come on man. First of all, I don’t know where to get half of that stuff, and I am not going to waste money buying something that I know I will never use again. That isn’t me and that isn’t what you are going to find out this blog. Hell, I have a boat load of recipes that comes from a box or already contains some sort of processed element that I’ve recreated to make something better! A lot of us don’t have time to make EVERYTHING from scratch nor do most of you want to (let’s be honest). I think my food blog is a good mix of easy to medium recipes. In fact, I am trying to think of what may be the hardest recipe I have on my site. Hmmm, let me think about that and get back to you. Okay, moving onto those Salted Caramel Sugar Cookie Bars.
These Salted Caramel Sugar Cookie Bars are made with caramels and sugar cookie mix. These bars using sugar cookie dough will make you want them over and over again. Now that I think about it, they are kind of like Carmelitas (make these from this blogger) but with sugar cookie dough and without the chocolate. Yeah, I guess that is a good way to think of these sugar cookie bars. I made these Salted Caramel Sugar Cookie Bars TWICE. The first time I made them, I like them but I didn’t like them enough to share with the world and I wanted to get the measurements right because as we know in baking, the measurements have to be accurate or you will come out with a glob of a hot mess. The best thing about these sugar cookie bars is that we are using sugar cookie mix so most of the measuring is done for you. That is what I love about box or packaged mixes. It takes the confusion and scariness out of baking! Don’t let anyone tell you that just because you made something that is premade that you are not a real baker or a fraud. Hmm, maybe that is just my house. Yeah, my husband has this weird idea that just because I am a food blogger that EVERYTHING I make has to be from scratch. Ugh…ugh…ugh..no. I am a professional food blogger who happens to be a working mom of a 9 month baby and a wife. “I don’t have time to make everything from scratch homeboy” (in case he is reading this post)! These Salted Caramel Sugar Cookie Bars is an easy dessert bar recipe that requires 1 ½ packs of sugar cookie mix and its contents, a bag of soft caramels, and sea salt! BOOM! They are that easy.
- 1 ½ lbs. Sugar Cookie Mix (1 ½ pouches of sugar cookie mix)
- 13 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened and divided
- 1 egg
- 14 oz. bag soft caramel chews
- 2 tbsp. Heavy cream
- 1 ½ tsp. Fleur de Sel (or coarse sea salt)
- Using a 9X13 casserole pan, cover with aluminum foil. Spray with baking spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 325 Degrees
- In a large bowl, combine 1 full 1 lb. bag of sugar cookie mix, 8 tbsp. stick of butter, and one egg and mix together until dough is formed. Press into the bottom of the casserole dish and bake for 10 minutes. Dough should be slightly golden. Allow to cool and set for 10-15 minutes.
- In a large microwave safe bowl, add the caramels and heavy cream and heat for 1 minute at a time until melted and smooth. Pour on top of baked sugar cookie dough. Sprinkle the sea salt on top of caramel.
- In a separate bowl, combine half of a 1 lb. bag of sugar cookie mix and 5 tbsp butter. Use a fork and blend together until coarse crumbs appear. Sprinkle on top of caramel topping and bake near the top of the oven for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into squares.