Salted Caramel Almond Bars
Salted Caramel Almond Bars combine a buttery crust, homemade caramel, lots of almonds, and a sprinkling of salt for a fantastic sweet and salty experience!
I have a slight obsession with sweet and salty desserts. There’s just something about a little extra salt that can transform a dessert from good to great. Whether it’s a little sprinkle of salt on some seriously chocolate cookies, an over-the-top cake, or even just some sugar cookies, I am always amazed at what a bit of added salt can do.
Of course, we can’t talk sweet and salty without mentioning salted caramel. I’m not quite sure when I discovered the wonder that is salted caramel, but I can tell you that it has long held a special place in my baking heart.
These Salted Caramel Almond Bars are a lovely way to enjoy salted caramel. They start with a simple, buttery crust. Next comes homemade caramel with plenty of almonds stirred right into it. Then, a sprinkling of coarse salt brings these into sweet and salty territory.
Making caramel can be a daunting task. I know it is for me, probably because I’ve had my share of failures making it. The thing I’ve learned and the biggest tip I can give you is to keep a close eye on the caramel because it can go from beautiful to burned pretty quickly. Once you have your beautiful, delicious caramel, you can revel in your accomplishment and enjoy one (or a few) of these tasty treats!
These bars are a glorious tribute to all things sweet and salty. I love that salted caramel layer filled with all those almonds. You can, of course, substitute another type of nut if you like. Once you try them, I think you’ll find yourself making them again and again!
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Salted Caramel Almond Bars
Yield: 24 2-inch bars
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Salted Caramel Almond Bars start with a buttery crust, followed by caramel, almonds, and a sprinkling of salt. A sweet and salty favorite!
For the crust:
- 1 & 1/4 cups (150g) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 cup (67g) granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the topping:
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 7 tablespoons (99g) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 cups (172g) sliced almonds
- coarse salt*
To make the crust:
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9″x 13″x 2″ baking pan.
- Whisk together the flour and salt. Set aside.
- Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix well.
- Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until crumbly and just combined.
- Press the dough evenly and firmly into the bottom of prepared pan. Prick the surface of the dough with a fork.
- Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool.
To make the filling:
- Keep the oven set to 350°F. Measure all the ingredients and have them ready so you can work quickly.
- Combine the sugar and water in a medium heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly and occasionally washing the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush, until the sugar is dissolved.
- Increase heat to high. Cook, without stirring, until the caramel turns a dark amber color.
- Remove the pan from the heat immediately. Carefully stir in the cream, which will cause the mixture to bubble up. Add the butter and honey, and stir until butter is melted.
- Stir in the almonds, making sure they are completely coated.
- Carefully pour the caramel mixture over the prepared crust. Use an offset spatula to spread the caramel evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the top of the bars with desired amount of coarse salt.
- Bake 12 to 14 minutes, or until the almonds are slightly toasted and the caramel is bubbling.
- Cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before cutting into bars.
- Run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the bars. Then, flip the bars onto a cutting board, flip again to make them right-side-up, and use a sharp knife to cut into bars.
*We all like different degrees of salty with our sweet, so adjust to your preferences. I used about 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt sprinkled on top of the bars.
Recipe slightly adapted from The Good Cookie.