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Salted Caramel Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

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Browned butter chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed with salted caramel.

Recipe Prep Time
Prep Time
45 min
Recipe Cook Time
Cook Time
Recipe Ready Time
Ready In
2 hrs 10 min
Recipe Servings


3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter 

1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs 

1 tablespoon vanilla extract 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 

1 teaspoon baking powder 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

1 cup chocolate chips 

1 (11-ounce) bag caramels, unwrapped 

3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream 

1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt 


Melt butter in heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Continue cooking, watching closely, 5 minutes or until butter foams and turns deep golden brown. Immediately remove from heat; pour into large bowl. Refrigerate 15 minutes. 

Heat oven to 375°F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, extending foil over edges. Spray bottom of foil-lined pan with no-stick cooking spray; set aside. 

Add brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla to cooled browned butter; mix well. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; stir just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread two-thirds of cookie dough into prepared pan. Reserve remaining dough. 

Combine caramels and heavy whipping cream in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 1 minute; stir. Continue microwaving in 30-second intervals until completely melted. 

Pour mixture over cookie dough in pan; spread to 1/4-inch from sides. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt. 

Drop pieces of reserved cookie dough over top of caramel. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt. 

Bake 19-23 minutes or until golden brown around edges and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. 

Lift bars from pan, using foil ends. Cut into squares.


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