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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I got the urge the other day for some chocolate chip cookies, but then I saw and opened a package of caramels and decided why  not put the two together in a bar. The only I might do differently the next time around is put them in a larger pan. They came out pretty thick, which isn’t a bad thing, but to make them go a little further, this might be an option.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Barssalted caramel and chocolate cookie bars

2 1/3 C flour, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 1/2 sticks of butter, melted and cooled to room temp., 1 C light brown sugar, 1/2 C sugar, 1 egg, 1 egg yolk, 2 tsp. vanilla, 3/4 bag of chocolate chips, 10 oz. of caramel chips, 3 TB heavy cream and sea salt.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9″ square pan and set aside. In a med. bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.

Mix together the melted butter and sugar(s) on med speed until combined. Add egg, egg yolk and vanilla until smooth. Slowly add the dry ingredients and  mix on low, just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

In a med. microwavable bowl, combine the caramel chips and heavy cream. Microwave until the caramels are melted, stirring every 20 seconds or so for about 2 minutes until creamy.

Press half of the cookie dough into the prepared pan and smoothing the top. Pour the hot caramel over the cookie dough and spread evenly. Sprinkle with sea salt. Drop the remaining cookie dough on top of the caramel and spread evenly over the top. Sprinkle with  more sea salt.

Bake the bars for 30 min until the top is light brown. Cool completely before cutting.

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