Salted Caramel Blondie Bars

You might call these “everything but the kitchen sink bars” but Salted Caramel Blondie Bars (with chocolate and oats) pretty much sums up these rich and chewy nuggets. What prompted this recipe was my discovery of a forgotten jar of homemade salted caramel sauce in the back of the refrigerator. I know: You are thinking, how could anyone forget caramel? Good question, and I admit I’m not proud. To rectify my oversight, I quickly whipped up these blondies today to satisfy a sweet craving, and to start building our sugar tolerance in the lead up to Halloween at the end of the month. To balance out all of the sweet ingredients, a sprinkling of sea salt over the top of the bars helps to tame the excess – which (naturally) enables us to eat more.

Salted Caramel Blondie Bars with Chocolate and Oats

The addition of oats is optional. If oats are omitted, then increase the amount of flour to 2 cups. Makes 36 small squares.

1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, lightly packed
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
3.5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup salted caramel sauce
1 teaspoon sea salt

Heat oven to 350 F. Butter an 8-inch-by-8-inch baking pan. Line with parchment and butter the parchment. Whisk the brown sugar and butter together in a large bowl. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl and whisk to blend. Add to the sugar and butter, stirring to incorporate. Stir in the oats and chocolate. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top. Drop spoonfuls of the caramel over the batter. Using a sharp knife, swirl the caramel through the batter to evenly distribute. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sea salt. Bake in oven until top begins to turn golden brown and bars are set, about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove and cool completely on a rack.

10 thoughts on “Salted Caramel Blondie Bars

  1. I am always a sucker for the salty/sweet combo. These mash all my favorite flavors into one – chocolate, caramel, oats and salt (in that order!).

  2. Seriously? I’m not going to make it through my day fantasizing about these sweet little temptations. Sounds delicious!

  3. Salted theme Snap! (more about that later today). I’ve only recently tried a blondies and to be honest much more prefer them to brownies. I like your version and you see you didn’t forget the caramel, you were merely saving it for the blondies!

  4. I wish I could just whip up a batch of something irresistible like this when I find a forgotten leftover in the frig, even if it’s salted caramel 🙂 Just wonderful!!

  5. Since making salted caramel ice cream more often that I wish to admit this summer I have been searching for recipes (excuses) to proceed with my new found obsession. What a tempting recipe! Just what I need to propel me into some serious baking!

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