Salted Caramel Crumb Bars

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These Salted Caramel Crumb Bars are a slice of heaven! With rich and creamy salted caramel layered between a buttery cookie crust and crumb topping, what’s not to love? Everyone will be asking for this recipe.

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Salted Caramel Crumb Bars:

Friends, I have been wanting to share this Salted Caramel Crumb Bars recipe for almost a year now. Last year around this time, my mom’s friend (thank you, Julie) made these for me and I was instantly hooked! To be honest, I have been thinking about them ever since.

My family came to visit this past weekend and I was looking for the perfect sweet treat to make for their visit and I knew these Salted Caramel Crumb Bars would be something everyone would love. And I was right! They gobbled them up and asked to take home the extras.

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Why are they so good? Well, I think they are the perfect combination of textures and flavors. First, salted caramel … need I say more? Second, both the cookie base and cookie crumble topping are like a soft, buttery shortbread-style cookie. Put those two together and it’s pure magic!

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They really are a treat and I wholeheartedly recommend them. I know you’re going to love them.

Ready to give these Salted Caramel Crumb Bars a try? Let’s bake!

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Kitchen Tools I Recommend for This Recipe:

Whether you’re wondering what equipment you’ll need for this recipe, curious about my favorite utensils, or if you’re just looking to stock your own kitchen, these are the kitchen tools I recommend for this recipe:

Want more? You can find the list of My Ultimate Kitchen Essentials HERE.

How to Make Salted Caramel Crumb Bars:

Begin by preheating your oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with baking spray. Set aside.

To the bowl of a stand mixer add the softened butter, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, and salt. With the paddle attachment, cream together for about 2-3 minutes. For your convenience, I’ve shared ingredient amounts and full instructions in the printable recipe card below.

Add in the vanilla and mix again to combine.

With your mixer on low, add the flour one cup at a time and mix until a dough forms. You may need to scrape the side of the bowl down to ensure everything is evenly combined.

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Transfer 1/3 of the dough to your prepared pan and press with your fingers to form an even layer of dough on the bottom of the pan. Wrap the remaining dough in plastic and place it in the refrigerator to chill.

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Bake the crust for about 20 minutes or until the edges just start to slightly brown. Allow the crust to cool completely.

In the meantime, prepare your caramel filling by placing the unwrapped caramels and milk into a microwave-safe bowl. For the caramel candies, you want the Kraft or Brach’s caramels. You can find those HERE or HERE. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir. Continue to microwave at 30-second intervals stirring in-between until the caramel is smooth. Mix in the vanilla.

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Pour the caramel mixture over the cooled crust. Spread into a uniform layer and then sprinkle evenly with your sea salt flakes. Any flakey sea salt will work here, but my favorite is Maldon. I buy it by the tub, but you can get a smaller quantity here.

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Crumble the remaining chilled dough over the top of your caramel layer. (This will look odd but trust the process. Everything settles down in the oven.)

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Bake again (at 325 degrees) for about 30 minutes. The caramel should be bubbly and the topping will be lightly golden.

Cool completely, then cut into squares for serving.

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And that’s it! While the recipe for these Salted Caramel Crumb Bars does have a lot of steps, these bars are actually quite easy to make. The effort you expend is totally worth it!

These bars are delicious any time of the year. I also think they would make a tasty addition to your holiday cookie trays, so don’t forget to put them on your Christmas baking list.

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I hope you give these bars a go and enjoy them as much as I do! Happy Baking!

Salted Caramel Crumb Bars Recipe:

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bars, christmas cookie, cookie, crumb bars, salted caramel
Servings: 28 bars
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
These Salted Caramel Crumb Bars are a slice of heaven! With rich and creamy salted caramel layered between a buttery cookie crust and crumb topping, what's not to love? Everyone will be asking for this recipe.

Ingredients

Filling:
  • 50 caramel candies* - unwrapped (about 14 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt flakes**

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  • To the bowl of a stand mixer add the softened butter, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, and salt. With the paddle attachment, cream together for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the vanilla and mix again to combine.
  • With your mixer on low, add the flour one cup at a time and mix until a dough forms. You may need to scrape the side of the bowl down to ensure everything is evenly combined.
  • Transfer 1/3 of the dough to your prepared pan and press with your fingers to form an even layer of dough on the bottom of the pan. Wrap the remaining dough in plastic and place it in the refrigerator to chill.
  • Bake the crust for about 20 minutes or until the edges just start to slightly brown. Allow the crust to cool completely.
  • In the meantime, prepare your caramel filling by placing the unwrapped caramels and milk into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir. Continue to microwave at 30-second intervals stirring in-between until the caramel is smooth. Mix in the vanilla.
  • Pour the caramel mixture over the cooled crust. Spread into a uniform layer and then sprinkle evenly with your sea salt flakes.
  • Crumble the remaining chilled dough over the top of your caramel layer. (This will look odd but trust the process. Everything settles down in the oven.)
  • Bake again (at 325 degrees) for about 30 minutes. The caramel should be bubbly and the topping will be lightly golden.
  • Cool completely, then cut into squares for serving.

Notes

*For the caramel candies, you will want the Kraft or Brach's caramels. You can find those HERE or HERE.
**Any flakey sea salt will work here, but my favorite is Maldon. I buy it by the tub, but you can get a smaller quantity here.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 3gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 89mgPotassium: 66mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 417IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
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  • Tiffany at

    These look amazing and my family likes anything with salted caramel. I’ll be trying this recipe soon!

  • Pay at

    Michael, what pan do you use? I only have glass 9 x 13 pans and would like to buy a metal one, as I know glass vs metal pans bake differently. Thanks!

  • Tory at

    My son and I made these yesterday… SO GOOD! I had to hide them so they would last more than a day! I am going to try the Chelsea Buns next…

  • Diana at

    Made these this past weekend & they were amazing! They’re very easy & are delicious! Thanks for this great recipe.

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