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Caramel Butter Bars stacked on a round white plate

Caramel Butter Bars

These crazy delicious Caramel Butter Bars are a heavenly treat that are a cinch to make! You MUST think up an excuse to bake up a batch!

Layered with streusel and caramel over a shortbread crust, these buttery bars will thrill the caramel lovers in your life. And they may convert some who aren’t!

Caramel Butter Bars stacked on a small, white round plate

Caramel Butter Bars

I am a caramel purest, so I wasn’t sure what to think when a jar of Stonewall Kitchen’s Vanilla Chai Caramel Sauce arrived at my door. It tasted of subtle warm spices. Much like chai tea!

I wondered how the flavor would come through baked in a buttery streusel bar. Turns out these caramel butter bars were phenomenal. Feel free to use any good quality caramel sauce of your choice. Look for real ingredients like sugar, cream, and butter on the label.

Caramel Butter Bars in the background with a jar of caramel sauce

Tips for Making These Irresistible Caramel Bars

These caramel cookie bars are about the simplest dessert recipe you can make. If you love caramel, these caramel butter bars are a must-make!

  • The same dough is used to make the crust and to crumble over the caramel. Easy peasy. These gems can be made using just one bowl!
  • If you really want to be precise, you can weigh out the dough so it can be accurately divided into one third for the crust and 2/3 for the topping, but I just estimated.
  • And with a yummy jarred caramel sauce as the filling, there is no messing with a candy thermometer or unwrapping squares of premade caramels. You definitely don’t have to hunt down a specialty caramel sauce. But I do recommend using a premium brand for the best results.
  • To find a premium brand of caramel, check the ingredients on the label for butter, cream, vanilla. You want real ingredients for the best caramel flavor!

Since school is back in session, along with carpooling and sports, everyone needs a recipe that doesn’t take oodles of time or numerous ingredients to throw together. These will thrill any caramel fans in your family…heck, they will thrill anyone you know with a sweet tooth!

Caramel Butter Bars on a white rectangular platter

Caramel Desserts

I’ve always had a soft spot when it comes to caramel desserts, whether it’s the Homemade Caramels I make for the holidays or Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars with a layer of gooey caramel. I’ve also made Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars that are also outrageously delicious!

I’ve had my eye on these luscious caramel desserts, too: Caramel Apple Magic Bars, Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie, and the World’s Best Caramel Brownies!

If you love this recipe, you’ll want to check out my super easy Microwave Caramel Sauce. It’s been life-changing!

The recipe was adapted from my friend Lindsey of American Heritage Cooking. She made a salted caramel version. I tracked the original recipe to this cookbook.

Caramel Butter Bars recipe image

Caramel Butter Bars

Simple flavors with delicious results! Perfect for caramel fans!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield 16 bars


  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 cup premium jarred caramel sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugars. Using a hand mixer, beat butter and sugars till creamy. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. Add the flour into the butter mixture and mix on low till well combined.
  3. Line a 8 x 8-inch pan with non-stick foil (or regular foil, then spray with cooking spray).Press one-third of the dough evenly into the pan to form a bottom crust. Put the rest of the dough in the refrigerator while crust is baking.
  4. Bake crust until slightly golden, about 20 minutes.
  5. Drizzle the caramel sauce over crust and let sit for a few minutes before using an offset spatula to carefully spread over the surface.
  6. Crumble the reserved dough over the caramel.
  7. Return the pan to the oven and bake until the filling is bubbly and the crumbled shortbread topping is firm and lightly golden, about 25 minutes.
  8. Let cool before cutting into squares. Place in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 2g


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