Salted Dulce De Leche Cookie Bars

Salted Dulce De Leche Cookie Bars from Bakerita.comI just finished my first homework assignment for my junior year of college. Whaaat?

It feels like it was a couple months ago that I was writing a post about choosing a college. Now I’m halfway done. I know it’s a cliche, but seriously, where has all the time gone?

I have this semester at school, next semester I’ll be studying abroad in London (woohoo!!), and after that, I’ll be a senior. It’s incredibly bizarre and I’m trying to convince myself I’m actually halfway done with my college years.

Salted Dulce De Leche Cookie Bars from Bakerita.comOn the plus side: I’m finally living in a house, instead of the dorms or my sorority house, which means I finally have a kitchen. Oh my goodness, I’ve been waiting for this. I can finally bake when I want, without having to lug all my stuff from my room to the kitchen. Lazy girl problems, but it’s been a real issue.

Hopefully (for both my friends here and for you all!), this will mean it will be way easier for me to both bake, photograph, and post while at school. Finally!

One of the first things on the to-make here list are these bars. I need to make them for my friends here as soon as possible because simply put, they are easily in the top 3 most delicious things I’ve ever made, if not the best.

Salted Dulce De Leche Cookie Bars from Bakerita.com

They are soft and squishy on the inside, the edges are delightfully chewy with the slightest bit of crunch. The chocolate is melty and amazing. The dough uses brown butter and brown sugar for a super buttery and caramelly taste, which is further amplified by the layer of dulce de leche (which makes everything better). The dulce de leche is sandwiched in with crumbles of the dough, and it’s all topped off with some crunchy sea salt flakes to counteract the sweetness.

All in all, these are pretty much heaven sliced into bar form. When I took my first bite, I was amazed and so excited about how delicious they were, but thought I was probably over reacting. My mom walked in a second later, I asked her to try them and tell if they were as good as I thought they were, and she declared them as the best thing I’ve ever made. Coming from her (compared to my dad, who says everything is the best thing I’ve ever made), that’s a biggie.

When my family tried them (after they had been in the freezer for a week), they all agreed that they were some of the best. These are some darn good cookie bars – make them, share them, and enjoy!

Salted Dulce De Leche Cookie Bars from Bakerita.com

Dulce De Leche Cookie Bars
  • 1 ¾ cup (7¼ oz.) unbleached all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 14 tablespoons (1¾ sticks) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup toffee bits
  • ½ cup dulce de leche
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 in pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, melt butter until browned. It takes about 5 minutes for butter to begin to smell nutty and start to brown, but watch carefully because it goes from perfectly browned to burned very fast. Once browned, remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Add browned butter and sugars to the bowl of a mixer and mix until combined. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until completely combined, and then add the vanilla. Turn mixer off and add all of your dry ingredients to the bowl. Mix until just combined. Turn mixer off and fold in chocolate chips and toffee bits.
  4. Press half of the dough into the bottom of the pan. Spread ½ cup of dulce de leche over the dough. Sprinkle the rest of the dough over the top of the ducle de leche. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
  5. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until light golden brown. Let cool completely before cutting and serving.

Recipe adapted from The Seaside Baker

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  1. These look exactly as soft and chewy as you say they are! I bet they’re delicious. College definitely flies by fast; I don’t think it’s possible for it to go slow! That’s exciting that you’ve got a kitchen now! I don’t understand how you did all this in a sorority house, haha. And London! Ahh, so jealous. :)

  2. Drool…

  3. these look incredible, Rachel! that dulce de leche… yum!! love your nail polish, too, by the way. such a pretty shade of pink! :)

  4. I could eat the entire pan of these by myself for sure! They look so good!

  5. uh oh – this could be DANGEROUS. I may or may not have jars of salted caramel sauce in the fridge which I recently made, I reckon adding this would be all kinds of good :)

  6. Oh my they sound mighty fine. Saving recipe! Your blog is lovely Rachel and your photography is great.

  7. These cookie bars look SO deliciously dense and gooey and wonderfullll! And of course, there’s salt, which I am loving on sweets!

  8. These look so amazing and gooey! I love dulce de leche – dangerous! :)

  9. Wow, these bars sound totally amazing. I adore salted caramel/dulce de leche, and the fact that you’ve added chocolate just takes this idea to a whole new level! Love those little flecks of salt on top. Great recipe! And good luck with your studies this semester! ;)

  10. These bars truly are heaven in sliced bars! The way you have described it makes me hungry and well, then there are these amazing photographs! :)

    I can’t wait to try these!!!!! :)

  11. These look so decadent and melt in your mouth good! These are perfect for Game Day (or any day)!

  12. These look delicious!I cannot resist dulce de leche :)

  13. Pretty pink nails + salted dulce de leche cookie bars = MAJOR win!

  14. Salt + dulce de leche?=Perfect combination!

  15. These look so good, squidgy and rich and just divine!

  16. Oh these bars sound amazing! I love that you used sea salt too! Although I’m pretty sure I’d eat wayyy too many in one sitting : )

  17. girl these are right up my alley!! serve me a few with some french vanilla ice cream!! So exciting you are studying abroad in London- I travel back to England quite often, you will love it!! Make sure to go to ben’s cookies, it’s always a must for me when I am in London!! And yes time does go back so fast, it may be cliche but I graduated college over 2 years ago, how that happened is beyond me!!

  18. Kelly Yungblut says:

    Well they are in the oven now….in 15 to 17 minutes I’ll be praying for a cold front to come into my kitchen so they cool fast. Actually they are a special gift for some special people at my work. Hope they love them ’cause I don’t want to be forces to eat the leftovers….I used a mix of gluten free flour so that I could try them…they look dense enough to not be worried about the dreaded GF brick effect…lol How can you go wrong with chocolate, dulce de leche, butter and sugar…oh and the sprinkle of salt…yummmmmm

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