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White Chocolate Salted Caramel Gooey Bars

Author Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Ingredients

  • 2 c plus 2 T all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 3/4 t kosher salt
  • 12 T unsalted butter melted and cooled until warm
  • 1 c light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 2 t pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c Salted Caramel Sauce
  • coarse sugar or colored for sprinkling
  • coarse or flaked sea salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  • Prepare the Salted Caramel Sauce
  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil so that the edges of the foil overhang two sides of the pan, and spray the foil with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, on medium speed, beat together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.
  • Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until just combined.
  • Reduce the mixer speed to low, and add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until just combined - do not overbeat.
  • Stir in the white chocolate chips.
  • Dampen your fingers, and press half of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Pour the Salted Caramel Sauce over the dough and spread evenly.
  • Drop the remaining dough in clumps over the caramel – the dough will bake together.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. (I actually had to bake mine a few minutes longer, and they were still fairly gooey from the extra caramel.)
  • As soon as the bars come out of the oven, sprinkle the top with the sugar and sea salt.
  • Allow the pan to cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before carefully removing the bars from the pan and peeling off the foil.
  • Cool completely before slicing.