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

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!

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Caramel Butter Bars

Simple flavors with delicious results! Perfect for caramel fans!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Bar Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

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

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.

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.

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 pinterest collage

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80 comments on “Caramel Butter Bars”

  1. 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!

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

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

    Love these bars too!

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

  5. On baked apples or apple pie!

  6. Would love to win! Great giveaway!

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

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

  9. Ice cream or eat by the spoon 😉

  10. I’m thinking caramel yeast rolls!

  11. 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!

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

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

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

  15. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

  21. everyone here would swoon over these!

  22. They really are swoon-worthy! Thanks, Claudia!

  23. These bars are amazing! Delicious to the very last crumb.

  24. These bars taste heavenly! I will make these again and again!

  25. So decadent! LOVE them!

  26. These are so good! A huge hit with my kids!

  27. You’ve got me at caramel girl. So yummy.

  28. What an incredible bar!!

  29. My family was crazy about these!

  30. I seriously CRAVE these! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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