Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


8 ounces caramels
1/4 cup heavy/whipping cream
3/4 cup (1 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon coarse grain salt (optional)


Melt the caramels into the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat before setting it aside to cool while you continue on.
Cream the butter and sugar together before mixing in the vanilla extract followed by the egg.
Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt before mixing into the butter and sugar mixture, before mixing in the chocolate chips.
Press 1/2 of the mixture into the bottom of a greased 8 inch square baking pan, pour the caramel on top, sprinkle on the salt, and gently press the remaining dough on top.
Bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven until the sides are lightly golden brown and the caramel is bubbling, about 15-20 minutes before removing from the oven to cool before slicing and enjoying!