Monday, June 24, 2013

salted dulce de leche chocolate chunk bars


Happy Monday, loves! How was your weekend? We had a great time yesterday celebrating my dear friend Anna and her sweet baby girl. Now I'm looking forward to a busy but fun week ahead, including heading to Austin on Friday for a wedding! I lived in Austin for a bit after college, and it's just my favorite. I can't wait!

Y'all know I looooove my dulce de leche. Those words are like an alarm to me - make. this. dessert. Maybe it's all those pints of Haagan-Dazs dulce de leche as a child. And since I also have a mild obsession with salted desserts, that alarm in my head went crazy when I read this recipe. These little  bars are so moist and decadent, decadent, decadent. You want these.

Salted Dulce de Leche Chocolate Chunk Bars (adapted from Honest Cooking)
makes one 9-inch square pan

you'll need:
cooking spray
2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 whole egg, plus 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chunks
10 ounces of dulce de leche
Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch square pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, add melted butter and sugars and beat on medium until well-combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix until completely smooth. Turn the mixer to low speed and gradually add the dry ingredients until everything is just combined. Add chocolate chunks and stir briefly.

Press half of the cookie dough into the prepared pan, smoothing with your hands or a spatula. Pour the dulce de leche over the dough and spread into an even layer, leaving a bit of room around the edges. Sprinkle with a bit of coarse sea salt. Top with the remaining cookie dough and gently press it down into a smooth layer with your hands or a spatula. Sprinkle with a bit more sea salt if desired.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top of the bars are light golden brown and the edges are beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan. Allow to cool completely, then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours so that the dulce de leche layer will set. Cut into small squares, and enjoy!!
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38 comments:

  1. Oh-Em-Gee!! This looks so good!!

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  2. Oh my word... these look heavenly.

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    1. Thanks Katie! It didn't take us long to dominate that whole pan...

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  3. Oh my gosh, yum! Sweet and salty desserts are the absolute best!

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  4. Oh My. These look so yummy and wonderful. It has been too long since I've made bars - thanks for the post!

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  5. These look fabulous and are going on my "to make list" asap!

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    1. Ohh let me know how you like them! :)

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  6. Yum, yum, yum! Is there anything better than salty and sweet combined?! These look so delicious!

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    1. Thanks love! I love sweet/salty desserts too!!

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  7. My weekend was tiring, walked all over.. so now I need these chocolate chunk treats in my life! :)

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  8. These look ridiculously decadent - in other words, perfect!

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  9. OMG,
    This looks incredible! I think I am drooling!

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  10. I think you just wrote all my favorite words in one sentence, Marie. These bars look outrageous!

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    1. Thanks so much Georgia!! I'm still dreaming of your banana bread muffins...

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  11. These look so good, especially with dulce de leche..omg..!!

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    1. Dulce de leche is the best, isn't it?!

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  12. These look so good. I am a big fan of salted dulce de leche.

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  13. If I could eat sugar I would make these tonight! They sure look amazing! Hope you have fun in Austin this weekend! :)

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  14. I am in need of these right now!! Amazing!

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  15. Oh my...your Salted Dulce de Leche Chocolate Chunk Bars sound delicious and decadent. I can't wait to make my own. Thank you so much for sharing. I'm sold on the "salted" title. I'm a big fan of having the balance of salty flavor in my dessert.

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    1. I totally agree with that, Amy! Let me know if you try them out! :)

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  16. I am really liking the sweet and salty combo in these bars!

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    1. Thanks Kevin! Sweet/salty desserts are my favorite!

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  17. I love a good cookie bar and this sounds amazing!!! Will be putting this on my to-bake list. Pinning! Thank you for sharing.

    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

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    1. Thanks for the pin, and I hope you love them as much as we did!

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