These sweet and salty dessert bars are packed with an Oreo crust, chocolate, pretzels and salted caramel. You won’t believe how easy these are to make.
Of all the salted caramel recipes I’ve made, these are by far the most dangerous.
The first time I made them, Matt joked about how ugly they were and then we proceeded to devour the pan…. warm with ice cream.
But a few days later, after they had disappeared, I decided that I simply must make them again because it just wouldn’t be fair to you if I didn’t share the recipe. Let’s not talk about how much of both batches I inhaled. Sweet and salty recipes just do it for me.
When I decided that January was going to be Salted Caramel Month, I wanted to make some spin on the ever famous Seven Layer Bars / Magic bars / Hello Dolly Bars. These are quite different from that but conceptually the building blocks are the same. Oreos instead of graham crackers, salted caramel instead of sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and pretzel pieces to replace the other toppings you may be used to (you know how I feel about coconut… just no). Once you have your caramel, they are super easy to put together… and just as easy to eat!
Salted Caramel Oreo Bars
8 ounces (~2 cups / 20 cookies) finely crushed Oreos
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
8 1/2 ounces (~1 1/4) cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 ounces (~1 1/2 cups) salted pretzel pieces
1 cup salted caramel
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; spray a 9×9 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside
In a medium bowl, combine Oreo crumbs and melted butter; press mixture down evenly into prepared baking dish
Pour about half of chocolate chips over crust
Combine pretzel pieces and salted caramel, pour mixture over chocolate chip layer
Pour remaining chocolate chips over top of bars
Bake for about 25 minutes or until caramel is bubbling around edges and bars appear set
Allow to cool before slicing
Store leftover bars covered at room temperature up to four days