Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 16 Bars
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A delicious butter shortbread crust with gooey caramel in the inside!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 2 cups butter softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 14 oz bag caramels unwrapped or 11 oz unwrapped Caramel Bits work great
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp coarse sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream together butter, sugar, and powdered sugar. Add vanilla and beat until combined. Mix in the flour and combine until it forms a soft dough.
  3. Press half of the dough in the bottom of a 9x13 dish and place the other half of the dough into the refrigerator. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and melt the caramels, heavy cream and 1/2 tsp vanilla in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir together until smooth. Pour evenly over the hot crust. Lightly sprinkle the coarse sea salt over the crust. I didn't end up using the entire T, just lightly sprinkle evenly on top. You don't want them too salty. :)
  5. Take the remaining dough out of the refrigerator and crumble over the top of the caramel. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until filling is bubbly and the top is firm. Let them cool completely before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
Salted Caramel Butter Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 531 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 707mg29%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 41g46%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 793IU16%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.