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Salted Caramel Butter Bars Recipe: Easy Dessert Idea

These salted caramel butter bars are impossible to turn down.  The salty sweet combination is just perfect for any summer gathering or potluck you’re planning.

Hi, my Kenarry friends!  It’s Robin from A Home to Grow Old In.  It’s been a snowy spring, but we are finally starting to get some warmer weather here in New England.  My husband and I just pulled our patio furniture out of our shed (fingers crossed that we are finally done with snow), and now I’m itching for our first neighborhood barbecue of the year.

These salted caramel butter bars are too good to turn down.  The salty sweet combination is just perfect for any summer gathering you're planning. #caramel #dessertrecipes #saltedcaramel #dessertbars #summerdesserts

How I Got Inspired 

Last summer, I shared my lemon bars recipe, so you may be starting to notice a pattern.  There’s something about a dessert bar recipe that just seems right for summertime get-togethers.  My inspiration for these salted caramel butter bars that I’m sharing today came from a recent trip to Epcot in Disney World.  There was a store in the Germany section that had an amazing caramel butter bar, but I do have to say that this salted version is even better!

These salted caramel butter bars are too good to turn down.  The salty sweet combination is just perfect for any summer gathering you're planning. #caramel #dessertrecipes #saltedcaramel #dessertbars #summerdesserts

How to Make Salted Caramel Butter Bars

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Cooking / Kitchen Supplies Needed:

Ingredients: 

These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

These salted caramel butter bars are too good to turn down.  The salty sweet combination is just perfect for any summer gathering you're planning. #caramel #dessertrecipes #saltedcaramel #dessertbars #summerdesserts
Make this Salted Caramel Butter Bars Recipe as an easy dessert idea to take to a summer potluck, picnic or backyard barbecue.
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Salted Caramel Dessert Bars

These salted caramel butter bars are impossible to turn down.  The salty sweet combination is just perfect for any summer gathering or potluck you're planning.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter bars, caramel
Servings: 12
Calories: 518kcal
Author: Robin Lewis

Ingredients

For the crust and topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups Butter softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt Fine
  • 3 cups Flour All-Purpose

For the caramel mixture:

  • 14 oz. Caramels Bag – Unwrapped
  • 1/3 cup Half and Half
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Sea Salt Course

Instructions

To make the crust:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F / 175 degrees C.
  • Add the sugar and butter to a mixer bowl and beat on medium until light and fluffy.
  • Add the vanilla and salt and mix until well combined.
  • Slowly add in the flour and continue to mix just until the flour is combined with the butter mixture.
  • Press half of the dough into a 9 x 13 baking dish. Keep the remaining dough in the refrigerator until ready to use for the topping.
  • Bake the crust for 20 minutes.

While baking, make your caramel mixture.

  • Add the caramels and half and half to a microwave safe bowl.
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute.
  • Remove from microwave to stir, and continue to heat and stir at 30-second intervals until completely melted.
  • Add vanilla and stir until combined.
  • Once the crust is done baking, pour the caramel mixture over the crust and spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle coarse salt over the caramel mixture.
  • Top the caramel mixture with the remaining chilled dough by crumbling small pieces.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the topping is starting to brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 518kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 772mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 747IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg
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These salted caramel butter bars are too good to turn down.  The salty sweet combination is just perfect for any summer gathering you're planning. #caramel #dessertrecipes #saltedcaramel #dessertbars #summerdesserts

After making these salted caramel butter bars I’m definitely realizing that dessert bars are a common dish that I serve when we get together with friends!  Do you have a favorite type of food that you like to make for your summer gatherings?

What’s next? 

Looking for more dessert ideas?  Here are a few of my favorites…

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Ooey Gooey S’Mores Bars

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

While you’re here, be sure to check out some of these other dessert ideas on Ideas for the Home by Kenarry® too:

Originally published May 2018. Updated May 2019. 

2 Comments

  1. I am making bars for my daughter’s wedding and need to make them on Wednesday or Thursday with wedding being on Saturday and was wondering if I could freeze these bars until Saturday.

    1. Hi Jody,
      Great question! You could freeze the salted caramel butter bars, but you want to make sure you give them enough time to thaw before the wedding reception. Your guests won’t like biting into cold/frozen caramel. I’d suggest taking them back out of the freezer on Friday night. Alternately, you could just refrigerate the bars since it’s only going to be a few days between when you’re making them and the wedding. If you’ve got a few weeks yet until the wedding, you could try making a test batch to see how they refrigerate or freeze.

      Congratulations on your daughter’s wedding! Enjoy the salted caramel butter bars.

      Best wishes,
      Carrie
      Ideas for the Home by Kenarry

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