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Caramel Butter Bars

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You are going to love these caramel butter bars. A buttery and soft crust is filled with luscious caramel and topped with a perfectly golden crumble. Caramel butter bars are an unexpected and delicious easy bar dessert.

Caramel Butter Bars Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients to make these Caramel Butter Bars.

  • box yellow cake mix (use your favorite cake mix brand)
  • water
  • butter
  • egg
  • bag Caramel Bits Candies (you can find these at any grocery store- I haven’t made this recipe with any other type of caramel though)
  • heavy cream
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
caramel butter bars

How to Make Caramel Butter Bars

This recipe is super simple to make thanks to our cake mix. I love to use cake mix as a shortcut in recipes so I don’t have to add all purpose, flour, sugar, or any rising agent.

To make this recipe, you’ll start by making your crust. Combine your cake mix, water, butter, and egg, and mix well for about two minutes. You can use a KitchenAid or a hand mixer for this. The mixture will still be crumbly after two minutes, but that is OK. 

Prepare an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper and cooking spray and press about 2/3 of the crust make sure to the bottom of the baking dish. Make sure you reserve about 1/3 of the crust to use later. Bake the bottom crust for about 11 minutes.

While the crust is baking, microwave the caramel bits and heavy cream until the caramel is melty (I like to use these little mixing bowls).

Once the timer goes off, take the crust out of the oven and pour the caramel on top, spreading it out evenly, so that it covers all of the crust. Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 of the crust evenly over the caramel and put it back in the oven.

Take the bars for about another 15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. 

Take the bars out of the oven and let them cool completely before you cut them. Serve and enjoy!

Best Bar Recipes

I love to make bar desserts. I’ve got a lot of bar recipes on my blog. Here are a few of my very favorites:

Monster No Bake Cookie Bars

Christmas Crack Toffee Bars

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Caramel Butter Bars

4 from 3 votes
Recipe by Julia Pacheco Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4-5

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes

Ingredients

  • Crust
  • 1 1 box yellow cake mix

  • 3 tbsp 3 water

  • 6 tbsp 6 butter, softened

  • 1 1 egg

  • Caramel mixture
  • 11 oz 11 bag Caramel Bits Candies

  • 3 tbsp 3 heavy cream

  • 1 tsp 1 vanilla extract

  • Pinch salt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • To a medium-sized bowl, add in the yellow cake mix, water, butter, and egg. Mix well for about two minutes. This mixture will be crumbly.
  • Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper and spray it with nonstick spray. Press about 2/3rd of the crust mixture to the bottom of the baking dish, leaving about 1/3 of the crust to use later. Bake for 11 minutes.
  • While baking, start on the caramel layer. To a microwave-safe bowl, add in the caramel bits and heavy cream and microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after every time, until the caramel is melty.
  • Once the crust has baked for 11 minutes, take it out of the oven and pour the caramel over the top. Spread it out evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 of crust evenly over the caramel and return to the oven.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes or until the top crumble is golden. Let cool completely, then cut into bars and serve. Enjoy!

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