Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

D&D_11611 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
14 caramels *
2 Tbs heavy cream or half and half

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 inch square baking pan, line with a parchment sling and spray or butter the parchment. Over a sheet of parchment, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, mix in completely after adding each egg. Mix in vanilla.

Gradually add flour mixture and beat until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.

Place caramels and cream into microwave safe bowl. Heat at half power in short bursts. Stir until melted, heating as needed. Pour caramel over batter and swirl caramel into batter.

Bake 30 – 35 minutes on until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cool in pan completely. Remove with sling and cut into bites.

* You can use about a 1/2 cup of caramel bits instead of caramels. I had caramels in the pantry, so that’s what I used.

Notes: I’ll be doing this again soon to share with the office. The Boy got most of these and gave his seal of approval.

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