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Chocolate Chip Caramel Bars

I like to bring these rich goodies to parties or my husband's workplace," says Julie Tambrini of Lansing, Illinois. "The combination of gooey chocolate caramel and a crumbly topping makes them irresistible."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 bars


  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 16 caramels
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 1/2 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into an 8x4-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10-14 minutes or until set.
  • In a saucepan or microwave-safe bowl, melt caramels with the milk. Stir in the remaining flour until smooth. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture and chocolate chips. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 282 calories, 12g fat (8g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 224mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • dlyn9smith
    Apr 16, 2016

    I followed the recipe, except I added chopped pecans on top. It baked perfectly, and was delicious. It is a keeper.

  • newrecipejunkie
    Jul 20, 2013

    These have a great taste but I had problems with the bottom crust. It never seemed to set even after baking for 15 minutes. I figured it would firm up after the total baking time, so I continued with the recipe. It never did. Even after completely cooling, the bottom was so moist that it seemed undercooked. A friend who is a chef liked them and said it was just the caramel sinking into the crust, but I thought it was too "wet". If I make these again, I might try making 1 1/2 times the dough.

  • Move Forward
    Mar 29, 2011

    These are sooo good. Everyone from all ages that has tried these loves them. I have made them twice. The second time I doubled the recipe.

  • nicole_liane
    Mar 16, 2011

    The recipe calls for 16 caramels, they're listed in the ingredients.

  • jennifer nylen
    Mar 15, 2011

    does this recipe use caramels? If so, how much?

  • MaryHauser
    Dec 13, 2010

    Dangerously delicious! The only thing I will do next time is melt the caramels in a heat proof measuring cup, it should be easier to pour the caramel sauce where you want it. I made a bit of a mess the first time.

  • cookiemonster14
    Feb 4, 2010

    I would make this recipe again but in the directions it says to melt the caramels with milk and that stuff but in the ingredients it doesn't have caramels.