Caramel Butter Bars

These crazy delicious Caramel Butter Bars are a heavenly treat that are a cinch to make!

Caramel Butter Bars | Simple flavors with delicious results!

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 butter streusel bar. Turns out these caramel butter bars were phenomenal.

Caramel Butter Bars | Simple flavors with delicious results!

A Simple Cookie Bar for Busy Moms

This is about the simplest dessert recipe you can make. The same dough is used to make the crust and to crumble over the caramel. Easy peasy. And with a yummy jarred caramel sauce as the filling, there is no messing with a candy thermometer or unwrapping squares of premade caramels. 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 | Simple flavors with delicious results!

 

Caramel Butter Bars

Serves 16 bars     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins

Simple flavors with delicious results!

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (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 (I used Stonewall Kitchen's Vanilla Chai Caramel Sauce)

Instructions

  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.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 233kcal Calories from fat 105
% Daily Value
Total Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 38mg2%
Carbohydrate 31g10%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g
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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.

The Giveaway (closed)

If you’re familiar with Stonewall Kitchen, you’ll know they’re a purveyor of fine, gourmet food products. You really cannot go wrong with any of their specialty foods. And for all you Stonewall Kitchen fans, you have a chance to win the three new items from their latest product launch: this Vanilla Chai Caramel Sauce , Cilantro Lime Aioli, and their Sweet Dill Relish. You must have a US mailing address to enter.

Disclosure: Stonewall Kitchens sent me  a variety of their products to review. I was not compensated for writing this post and all opinions are my own.Caramel Butter Bars | Simple flavors with delicious results!

Comments

  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Your cookies sound great Liz, I can’t wait to start baking again this fall! Two simple things come to mind for the caramel sauce, drizzled over a homemade apple pie and of course, served over ice cream:@)

  2. I’ll have to pass on this recipe. Not fond of caramel.

  3. I would totally use the caramel for a warm, gooey, caramel apple pie!

  4. This would be a lovely snack.. 🙂

  5. The spiced caramel sounds perfect for the weather we are having here. Making these bars with this caramel in jar sounds like breeze.

  6. You mean besides eat it from the jar with a spoon? I think I’d have to drizzle it over a banana’s foster banana split.

  7. I absolutely adore the flavors of chai, and I can only imagine how awesome that caramel would be slathered onto a bagel!

  8. Gosh I love both caramel and buttery crumble bars but have never put the two together! They look fabulous!!! I want to try them and lucky I can get local salted butter caramel sauce to make it easy 🙂

  9. I’m sold on this one, Liz!

  10. Looks delicious! Love caramel, can’t wait to try that sauce!

  11. Omigosh! This sounds dangerous! I love caramel, too and would probably just spoon it over ice cream! LOL!

  12. That would be fabulous on Pancakes!

  13. I would use it in an apple pie!

  14. I love these bars Lizzy ! Look amazing!:))

  15. Hi Liz,
    These look so good, and “easy” is key these days.
    Did I read that right that only 1/3 of the dough goes for the bottom crust and 2/3 for the top? It looks reversed in the pic, but that could just be my eyes. Thanks in advance for the clarification. I plan to make these soon (likely today)!

  16. Christy Spurlock says:

    I’m thinking I would try it over Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream.

  17. I’d use it on caramelitas

  18. I’d try your recipe and try dipping some sliced apples in the caramel.

  19. Either in cookies or cake. 🙂 And your cookies look awesome!

  20. OK Liz you always know how to make me drool LOL I mean Vanilla Chai Caramel Sauce? Helloooooooooooo!!

  21. Bathing…. lol

  22. I’d eat it on some fresh picked apples…love this first taste of fall. Or swirled into some plain greek yogurt.

  23. OMG the recipe looks awesome! I would love to win

  24. Ellen Wexler says:

    YUM!! Well, on almost everything 🙂 Vanilla ice cream. Apple Pie. Drizzled over fruit crisp… Thank you for the chance to win!

  25. All my family we are fans the caramel, these bars is for us, thank you Liz 🙂

  26. What a pity EU residents can’t enter.

    Yummy yummy bars!

  27. MMM I love caramel so much!! These look great!

  28. Stephanie K says:

    looks delicious. would try it on vanilla ice cream

  29. Wow, this looks like a dream dessert, carmel, a buttery crust and streusel. I love that it’s so simple with purchased caramel sauce.

  30. Yum!!

  31. Your caramel bars look so enticing! Yum!

  32. Paula aka mecookin says:

    Would definitely have to try the Caramel Bars, the Cilantro Lime Aioli would be great to serve with Chicken Enchilada Bites and the Sweet Dill Relish would be a great addition to Crab or Shrimp Louie sauce.

  33. Jessica @ Sweet Menu says:

    These bars look incredible! I will have to try them. I just love caramel anything!

  34. Oh my goodness Liz, these bars look heavenly! I love caramel but vanilla chai caramel sounds ridiculously amazing!

  35. I adore caramel, and these cookies ND the suace sound wonderful!

  36. I have a jar of this sauce in my fridge. I so know what I want to do with it next, these look amazing!

  37. Mini-apple hand pies with a vanilla chai caramel drizzle sounds pretty delicious to me!

  38. Of course w/ ice cream. And it would make a pretty swirl on cupcakes.

  39. I would serve it warm on top of apple crisp.

  40. Vanilla chai caramel sauce should be sold in India. haha
    I know folks would it there. Liz I would love a bit of your bars now. =)

  41. These look delicious!

  42. This looks so good…so delicious! What a simple idea for something sweet…thanks for sharing!

  43. If I won, I think I’d do my best to replicate Ms Liz Berg’s delectable looking caramel butter bars!

  44. Anything apple!

  45. I’d pour it over homemade pumpkin ice cream!

  46. Oh my gosh, Liz. First of all, these bars look AMAZING. Second, I’d have a really hard time not just eating it from a spoon. I’d try to use it over ice cream or in brownies, though. 😉

  47. These bars look incredible and would be the first thing I made with that heavenly sauce!

  48. such a smart way to use that cool caramel sauce!!! These bars look so gooey and comforting and heavenly!

  49. Mmm.. That would be amazing all over vanilla ice cream! The bars look amazing!

  50. I LOVE this idea and just bought two jars of caramel from the store, so I am definitely adding this to my to-make list. Though I definitely wouldn’t mind giving that VANILLA CHAI CARAMEL SAUCE a try–it sounds so delectable!

  51. It sounds so good, I would probably eat the first serving with a spoon! Then I would try this recipe an if there’s any left, I would use it with roasted pecans on a bowl of ice cream!

  52. The most likely thing I would use this on is ice cream, but also drizzled on some chocolate cake or apple crisp.

  53. I would pour it over a giant bowl of vanilla ice cream and then dive in!

    Love these bars too!

  54. I think it would be great over vanilla ice cream.

  55. On baked apples or apple pie!

  56. Would love to win! Great giveaway!

  57. These Caramel Butter Bars sound great. I think they will work great in packed lunches. And so easy to make. Right up my alley!

  58. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I think I would eat the Stonewall Kitchen Vanilla Chai Caramel Sauce right out of the jar! It would be great on brownies, too.

  59. Ice cream or eat by the spoon 😉

  60. I’m thinking caramel yeast rolls!

  61. Um… on a spoon? I think the caramel would make for pretty awesome brownies. I’d just make my normal brownies then drizzle caramel right on top so it bakes into the brownies!

  62. These sound amazing! Can’t wait to give them a try!

  63. I love caramel!! I am so interested in the Chai caramel!

  64. I would put it on vanilla ice cream. Maybe in brownies?

  65. Lovely bars, Liz! If I get lucky and win, I’d send this to my creative daughters to see what wonderful things they’d come up with. But point them first in the direction of your caramel butter bars!

  66. I would eat the Vanilla Chai Caramel Sauce with crisp apple slices.

  67. I would make this recipe -it looks amazing. And I wouldn’t mind licking the spoon after it’s been in that jar!

  68. Sounds wonderful.. and quick.. Would love to try it too.

  69. Being from Maine we love Stonewall Kitchen products. The stores are such a fun place to visit whenever I am in town.

  70. These look great! Plus only six ingredients, that’s perfect! Thanks for sharing!😊

  71. Claudia Lamascolo says:

    everyone here would swoon over these!

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