Salted Chocolate and Caramel Shortbread Bars

These Salted Chocolate and Caramel Shortbread Bars are, in a word, decadent. The richness of chocolate and caramel is highlighted very subtlety with a touch of sea salt.

Salted Chocolate and Caramel Shortbread Bars

I saw a photo of a dessert like these Salted Chocolate and Caramel Shortbread Bars as part of a Bakeoff held by Bon Appetit; the photo was an inspiration but the recipe not so much!

First, it was in metric. Yes I have a scale but I don’t publish in metric (yes, considering I should make a change); but the recipe called for several storebought elements so I decided to make my own this year of salted everything!

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I admit, I love the combination of caramel, chocolate and salt. I first tried it as a hot chocolate drink served by Starbucks a couple of years ago and became instantly hooked; I expected that same glee here and they do deliver!

I’ve got a group I meet with monthly that is going to benefit from this effort…hoping tomorrow it will be Ladies who Skip Lunch for this Dessert!

This is a very old post and it’s evident from looking at it today (1/18/24) that I need to redo it and get some better photos. Aw shucks, you mean I have to eat more of these? OKAY!!

The results were great; we finished off the entire pan of these Salted Chocolate and Caramel Shortbread Bars!

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Shortbread Bars

Salted Chocolate and Caramel Shortbread Bars

A totally decadent treat that layers shortbread, caramel, and chocolate topped with a hint of salt.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Time to Chill 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Servings
Calories 221 kcal


  • ½ pound butter softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons almonds ground
  • 3.5 ounces caramel sauce purchased or homemade
  • 2-3 ounces milk or dark chocolate
  • Sea Salt Recommend Maldon Salt flakes


  • Preheat oven to 325
  • Grease the inside of a 9X9″ baking pan with butter and then ‘flour’ with the ground almonds.
  • Cream butter and sugar in mixer.
  • Slowly add the flour, ½ cup at a time. Results will be somewhat crumbly; that’s OK, you’ll pat them into a layer in the pan.
  • Put dough into pan and firmly press with fingers to spread it to sides of pan, making an even layer.
  • Prick top all over with fork tines.
  • Bake for 30 – 35 minutes in the center of the oven or until firm to touch and very light brown in color
  • Remove from the oven and cool. Top with caramel sauce. Refrigerate until firm.
  • Melt chocolate gently in double boiler and pour evenly over the caramel, cool slightly and then sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Cut into 16 single serving sizes or if serving with other desserts, could be cut into 32 smaller servings.


Nutrition Facts
Salted Chocolate and Caramel Shortbread Bars
Serving Size
1 Serving
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword caramel, chocolate, dessert, salted caramel, shortbread
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