These Chocolate Chip Caramel Bars are seriously amazing. A layer of caramel sauce perfectly sandwiched between layers of the best chocolate chip cookie… it’s just plain amazing! If you love chocolate chip don’t miss my best Chocolate Chip CookiesChocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars, and Piggy Pie Dessert!


Chocolate Chip Caramel Bars

Chocolate Chip Caramel Bars

The concept has been around for quite a while… adding caramel to chocolate chip cookies. I remember my MIL making these for my (then boyfriend!) husband and me 15 years ago. So nothing new here! I simply changed the recipe to use my chocolate chip cookie recipe and simplified my homemade caramel sauce a bit. The final result is pretty darn amazing. Everyone in the family raved about how perfect these bars are and the kids already requested them for school lunch!

Tips for Success

These bars can get ready to get messy. You can try dipping your fingers in flour before spreading the cookie dough into a flat layer or using a large spatula that has been greased or dipped in flour. Hands work best!

Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Do I Have to Use Evaporated Milk?

The sauce has 2 ingredients; caramels and evaporated milk. Substitutions are half & half, heavy whipping cream, and whole milk in place of the evaporated milk.

Simply place caramels and evaporated milk into a saucepan over medium-low to medium heat and stir until the caramels are melted and the evaporated milk is incorporated. This takes anywhere from 5-10 minutes. Once the caramels are creamy and smooth remove them from heat.

Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe

Variations for Chocolate Chip Caramel Bars

  • Milk chocolate morsels instead of semi-sweet. Or even white chocolate chips. (This is a VERY sweet combination and I recommend making salted caramel to offset the sweet.)
  • Sprinkle the top with sea salt or salt flakes. Anywhere from 1-2 teaspoons depending on the size (and flavor! some salts are very mild) of the salt. I do not recommend doing this with table salt.
  • Try making it two layers instead of three. Prepare the chocolate chip cookie dough and press all of it into your 9×13 baking dish, bake for 18-23 minutes. While it is baking prepare your caramel. When the cookie bars are done, pour caramel sauce over top and then sprinkle some sea salt over top. Allow bars to come to room temperature and serve!
Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Caramel Bars

How to Serve and Store Caramel Bars

Allow bars to cool a bit before cutting. Cut into 12 pieces and serve. These are fantastic with ice cream if you want even more decadence!

Store leftover bars in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days. If you opt to refrigerate, but sure to allow them to come to room temperature before enjoying them.

Chocolate Chip Caramel Bars
5 from 18 votes

Chocolate Chip Caramel Bars

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
These bars will ruin you for all other bars. They are the perfect combination of buttery chocolate chip cookie and rich caramel!


Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) butter, room temperature
  • cups (300g) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • cups (282g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Caramel Sauce

  • 5 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1 package (11 ounces) caramel bits or wrapped caramels (be sure to unwrap if using the wrapped caramels)


Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Add butter, brown sugar, and vanilla to a large bowl and with a hand-held mixer, cream ingredients until they are lighter and fluffier. Add in eggs, mixing well after.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix on low until combined. I usually add my chocolate morsels right into the cookie dough and mix with the hand-held mixer, but you can also stir them in by hand.
  • In a prepared 8×12 or 9×13 baking dish, press half of the cookie dough down. Try to get an even layer. Set the remaining cookie dough aside.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. While the cookie bars are baking, prepare the caramel.

Caramel Sauce

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add the evaporated milk and caramel bits. Stir frequently for about 8 minutes, or until the caramels are melted and the evaporated milk is fully incorporated. Remove from heat.
  • Carefully remove the cookie bars from the oven and place on a heat-safe surface.
  • Pour the caramel sauce over the bars making sure to get it into every nook and cranny.
  • Carefully start placing flattened dollops of the remaining cookie dough over the hot caramel. I find it works best to pick up a small handful, flatten it in your hand a bit, and then place that directly on top of the caramel. Do this with all remaining cookie dough. It is ok if there is some caramel showing.
  • Bake for an additional 15-18 minutes, or until the caramel is bubbling and the cookie is golden brown.
  • Allow bars to cool to room temperature and then cut and serve.



We often enjoy these hot – right out of the oven- and with ice cream.
Using a spoon, remove a portion from the pan (they will be ooey gooey and falling apart- this is a good thing) and place into a bowl. Top with ice cream, more caramel if you want, and serve.

Did you make this recipe?

Thank you for making my recipe! You took pictures, right? Well go ahead and post them on Instagram! Be sure to mention me @iambaker and use the hashtag #YouAreBaker.

Share with your friends!

Categorized in:

Related Recipes

Meet Amanda Rettke

Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. These are AWEFUL…for my diet!! So good, so much sugar, I thought I had cut them small enough to have 2 with my coffee this morning. Nope! I’ve got such a sugar headache and it was worth it! I’ll send some home with my Mom when she stops by for her and Dad to share. There is no way husband and I can or rather should eat the whole pan.

  2. I just baked a batch of these bars. They look & smell AMAZING! My son is dying to dig in, but I convinced him to wait, since they’re hot as lava. Thank you for all your hard work & sharing your recipes. They bring me & my family much joy😊.

  3. Which homemade caramel sauce do you think is better for this recipe, the brown sugar one or your original with white sugar, butter and heavy cream? Thanks!

  4. Just made a double recipe batch. They needed a little more extra time baking because I used a half sheetcake pan. They are ooey and gooey and will definitely keep this recipe in my collection. Thanks for sharing.

  5. 😂😂think it’s funny that you have to tell people to “ unwrap “ the carmels …..but I get it 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  6. I made these bars twice and both times the caramel melted into the bottom layer so it’s gooey and not sandwiched. I think the bottom layer needed to be baked more so the caramel wouldn’t mix in to it (and I baked it for 12 mins instead of 10). Tastes delicious, but not what was expected.

    1. While I am so sorry that you had issues, I don’t think there is an issue with the recipe. It has been reviewed/made 100’s of times with success. I would consider looking at your oven calibration.

  7. Hi Amanda, can I divide this recipe in half and will it still be good? It is just my husband and myself. Can they be frozen? Thank you!!

  8. I made these bars this morning. The bottom layer is too soft to cut nicely to take to a party. I used Kraft caramels and they have yet again reduced to package from a 16 oz package now it is an 11 oz package. I wonder if I should have reduced the amount of evaporated milk. Many products used to bake are reduced. Just a suggestion notice the ounces of the product in the recipes. Thanks JE

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.