How do you say “caramel?” Do you pronounce it “care a mel” or “car mel?” While on vacation with one of my friends last summer, we got into this long coversation about the way different parts of the country pronounce different words. Well, I say care-mel and that’s not “the proper” way to say it…I am totally okay with that. Regardless of how you pronounce caramel, this Sea Salt Caramel Bars Recipe is super delicious!
When the sea salt and caramel combo blew up on the foodie scene a few years ago, I laughed and thought I’d never try it. I mean, really, salt? Yuck! I’ve never been a fan of salty foods, and the salty sweet combination just grossed me out. I’d like to eat my potato chips and chocolate totally separate, thank you very much.
And then…and then I tried it. And I was a goner.
While I still prefer my sweets totally separate, I do love the combo of caramel and sea salt! Throw a few chocolate chips in there and it’s even better!
Sea Salt Caramel Bars Recipe
- ⅓ cup melted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of baking soda
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
- Sea Salt
- Heat oven to 350. Line an 8x8 baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, melt the butter using the microwave. I always start with 60 seconds at 50% power and then stir to melt completely. Add sugar and egg and vanilla and mix well. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and mix. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Spread batter into pan and sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake 20-25 minutes until browned and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
- Remove bars from pan. Remove foil from bars and cut. Makes about 16-20 bars.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the sea salt and caramel combination?