Salted Caramel Butter Bars & 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies

When I saw this recipe over on Cookies and Cups I knew it was going to be one of my new favorite cookies. The pictures were so delicious looking and I love buttery shortbread cookies. So I thought this would be perfect for week 8 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies Blog Hop. Yep, you read that right. Week 8. Yoikes. That means Christmas is almost here! Yeah!

Salted Caramel Butter Cookies
For the crust:
1 lb. salted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbls. vanilla
4 cups flour

For the filling:
1 bag (14 ounces) caramel candies, unwrapped
1/3 cup milk or cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbls. coarse Sea Salt (optional)

To make the crust: In a large mixer, beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add vanilla. Slowly add the flour and mix until smooth.

Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
Spread about half of the crust dough in the pan to form the bottom crust.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Bake crust for about 20-25 minutes (until lightly golden brown.)
Remove from the oven and let cool for about 15 minutes.
While bottom crust is cooling and the remaining dough is chilling, make with filling.

Place the unwrapped caramels in a microwave safe bowl. Add cream and vanilla. Cook on high for 1 minute. Stir. Continue to cook in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir until all the caramel is melted.

Pour over crust layer. I didn’t quite melt all of my caramel because I was a little impatient. I wanted to hurry up and bake these so I could eat them!
Sprinkle the caramel layer with Sea Salt if you chose to use it.

Crumble the remaining dough over the caramel layer and bake for 25-30 minutes (until filling is bubbly and top layer is lightly golden brown).
Now here’s the hard part… let cool. I wanted to cut into them right away because they smelled so yummy. So fight it… let them cool.
Doesn’t that look amazing??? Here’s a close up so you can lick the screen =o)
When they are cool, cut into squares and devour!
I know I say a lot of cookies are amazing but these kick amazing into a whole new realm. These are fantastically amazing!

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  1. I think these are my favorite cookies so far. That caramel layer is oh so good with the shortbread. Thanks for sharing with me, Erin.

  2. I’ve been wanting to make these bars for a while too. They look fantastic and so gooey and irresistible.

  3. Yum!

  4. Ugh, next time remind me to dust my screen off before licking! These look fantastic! Another keeper!

  5. These look wonderful – bar cookies are the best, and who can resist the salty and sweet combo?

  6. Wow these bar cookies look insanely amazing. I am definitely printing these out and saving them. Thanks for sharing.


  7. mmm! This is such an interesting recipe with unique flavors! I’m DYING to try it!

  8. How did you know I was ready to lick the screen?! I can’t wait to try these!

  9. When I saw this picture I about fell out of my chair! I can not wait to make these..I love Salted Caramel!! Thanks!

  10. these look scrumptious! visiting from tatertots

  11. I love shortbread, and i love caramel. These look incredibly divine!

  12. Oh my gosh! Delicious!

  13. I’m now drooling like a sheepdog over here! These are going to have to be made this year! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. I love salted carmel anything! These look amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  15. I loved these when I saw them the first time(Cookies and cups), and now I love them again! I have to make these!

  16. I just made these. They are soooo good!

  17. What a great party you are participating in. How fun, there are so many ideas, and they all look so good.

    I agree this looks divine. Thanks for sharing at **Amaze me AUgust** I love having you, and all your sweet treats (literally) he he.

    Bella 🙂

  18. We just made these, ate than and I hafta say: These are *so* amazing! My new favorite non-chocolate dessert.
    Thanks for sharing!

  19. These look DIVINE! I just copied and pasted the recipe so I can go up to my kitchen and make these. Nom, nom, nom!!! I want to lick the screen!

    Inky Smiles,

  20. They look positively delightful.

  21. YUM! Those look SO great! Thanks for the recipe!

  22. YUM! I’m saving this one to try… sounds awesome!

  23. Hi, I’m your newest follower from Tasty Tuesday linky! I love these bars, they look so good! Thx for sharing! Looking forward to following you! 🙂

  24. Anonymous says:

    These look SO amazing that as soon as I found this I added caramels to my grocery list so I could make them ASAP 🙂 They look and smell delish but mine are really, really greasy. 4 sticks of butter, right? Did anyone else have this problem?

  25. Wel…what to say? Salt, Caramel, Shortbread….a WINNER and keeper! I can’t wait to try these and and may add a bit of chocolate. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Wow! Those look really yummy.

  27. hi! i’m coming over from this chick cooks. you really caught my eye with the salted caramel! these look so sweet and decadent.

  28. Erin,
    These look like awesome cookies and I can’t wait to taste that Salted Caramel, oh my goodness! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen