Yield: 20 SERVINGS
Prep time: 1 HR 10 MIN
Cook time: 20 MIN
Total time: 1 HR 30 MIN
These super decadent and incredibly delicious cookie bars are extremely easy to make. Crumbly, buttery chocolate chip cookie dough is paired perfectly with luscious salted caramel, and the extra melted chocolate and chocolate chips round off what just might be your next favorite dessert.
FOR THE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE BOTTOM:
175g unsalted butter, softened
50g caster sugar
1 large egg
300g plain flour, sifted
pinch of salt
100g chocolate chips
FOR THE SALTED CARAMEL:
250g caster sugar
100g unsalted butter, room temperature
210ml double cream, room temperature
1-2 tsp salt (see Note)
FOR THE TOPPINGS:
50g melted chocolate
50g chocolate chips
TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE BOTTOM:
Preheat the oven to 350ºF (175ºC) and line a baking tray, at least 1.5 inches deep, with greaseproof/baking paper.
Cream together butter and sugar. Add the egg, and mix thoroughly. Add the flour, salt and chocolate chips, and mix until a smooth, not sticky, cookie dough with evenly distributed chocolate chips forms.
Press the cookie dough into the lined baking tray and even it out so that it is approximately ½ inch (about 1.5 cm) thick. Put into the fridge for about 1/2 hour.
Bake the cookie dough in the preheated oven at 350ºF (175ºC) for 18 to 20 minutes, or until light golden brown at the edges. The cookie dough might feel soft immediately out of the oven but will firm on cooling.
Leave to cool completely in the baking tray. In the meantime, make the salted caramel.
TO MAKE THE SALTED CARAMEL:
Heat caster sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a heat resistant rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
The sugar may form clumps but will eventually melt into a thick golden brown liquid as you continue to stir. Be careful not to burn the caramel.
Once the sugar is completely melted, immediately add the butter. On its addition, the caramel will bubble rapidly.
Stir the butter into the caramel until it is completely melted, about 2-3 minutes. The butter will tend to separate from the caramel – just stir vigorously.
Very slowly, drizzle in the double cream while stirring. The mixture will rapidly bubble due to the temperature difference and may splatter – be careful.
Allow the mixture to boil for about 1 minute. It will rise in the pan as it boils.
Remove from heat and stir in the salt. Allow to cool down before using (the salted caramel should be slightly warmer than room temperature for pouring onto the cookie bottom).
Any leftover salted caramel sauce keeps well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Still in the baking tray, pour the warm salted caramel onto the cookie bottom so that it forms a uniform layer, about 1/2 inch (1.5 cm) thick.
Allow to set overnight in the fridge. The salted caramel will firm up, enough to be easy to cut but retain its melt-in-the-mouth consistency.
Remove the cookie bottom + salted caramel layers from the baking tray, and while still cold, cut them into rectangular pieces (the recipe should give about 20 pieces).
Drizzle the cookie bars with melted chocolate, and decorate with extra chocolate chips. And enjoy!
The salted caramel chocolate chip cookie bars keep well in a cool dry place (or even in the fridge, just allow them to come to room temperature before serving) for about 3 to 4 days.
The exact amount of salt depends entirely on how salty you want your salted caramel to be. I advise adding the salt gradually – you can always add more, but cannot take it away!