Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate, and Brown Butter Shortbread Bars with Sprinkles


These salted caramel, dark chocolate, and brown butter shortbread bars are three simple layers full of seriously awesome gooey goodness. You're going to need some willpower to not eat the entire pan!

I’m super excited to share this recipe with you guys today because not only is it freaking amazing in all its gooey glory; it’s also special because we’re celebrating someone who’s as sweet as a peach and deserves an entire pan of these bars!

Can ya guess who? She’s got a cookbook out called Seriously Delish


Eek yes! It’s Jess’ virtual baby shower! From all the participants in this virtual baby shower, you can just tell how loved Jess is in this community. She’s one of the sweetest bloggers I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and I won’t lie, I was totally star-struck when I met her a few years ago at a blogging conference. She sat at the same table with me and I was kind of speechless. I think we talked about Pittsburgh and her upcoming Michigan trip because she was heading there right after the conference.

I love reading her blog on the daily..filling my mornings with laughter and wishing I could just reach through the screen to eat whatever masterpiece she’s created.

The greatest masterpiece is set to arrive in a few weeks and I seriously cannot be more thrilled for her and husband! She’s going to make such a wonderful mother. Can you imagine the amazing food this child of hers is going to have?! I’m slightly jealous.

These salted caramel, dark chocolate, and brown butter shortbread bars are three simple layers full of seriously awesome gooey goodness. You're going to need some willpower to not eat the entire pan!

I loved the theme of this baby shower. We were to think of the most trashed up recipe we could think of. If you know anything about Jess, glitter, sprinkles, and trashing up food is her life motto and I seriously love her for that. She definitely is up for anything!

These salted caramel, dark chocolate, and brown butter shortbread bars are three simple layers full of seriously awesome gooey goodness. You're going to need some willpower to not eat the entire pan!


These salted caramel, dark chocolate, and brown butter shortbread bars are three simple layers full of seriously awesome gooey goodness. You're going to need some willpower to not eat the entire pan!

These salted caramel, dark chocolate, and brown butter shortbread bars are actually really easy to make. It’s just three simple layers full of seriously awesome gooey goodness. I was inspired to make these on my flight to London of all places. Virgin Atlantic gave us these chocolate caramel bars as part of our dessert and it was like a light bulb that went off in my head and how I wanted to recreate it.

Jess = salted caramel, brown butter, + sprinkles.

Hope you love these, Jess!! So happy for you and Eddie!! xoxo

Be sure to check out everyone else’s recipe below!!!

Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate, and Brown Butter Shortbread Bars with Sprinkles
Prep Time
1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins

These shortbread bars are three simple layers full of seriously awesome gooey goodness. 

Servings: 8
For the shortbread crust
  • 1/4 cup brown butter (or if you don't care for brown butter you can just use regular butter)
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
For the caramel layer
  • 1 cup salted caramel sauce
For the chocolate layer
  • 10 ounces dark chocolate chips, melted
  • Your favorite type of sprinkles
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line the bottom of an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper with a 1-inch overhang on either side. Lightly grease the bottom and sides. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together brown butter (or regular melted butter), flour, and granulated sugar.
  3. Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Make sure it's an even layer. Using a fork, prick the dough all over, about 5-6 times. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool for 30 minutes. To quicken the process, you can pop it in the fridge.
  4. After the shortbread layer has cooled, pour the salted caramel sauce on top and spread it evenly across the shortbread layer with an offset spatula. Let caramel cool for 30-45 minutes.
  5. After the caramel has set and is cooled, pour melted chocolate on top of the caramel layer. Use a generous amount of your favorite sprinkles and sprinkle it all over the top of the chocolate.
  6. Place the pan in the fridge for 2-3 hours, or until all the layers are just set.
  7. Let bars come to room temperature then cut into squares with a sharp knife.
  8. **These are ooey gooey messy bars so no need for perfection**

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trashed up salads

  1. Gimme Some Oven – Asian Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce
  2. The Lemon Bowl – Brussels Slaw with Tahini Dressing and Za’atar Crostini
  3. With Style & Grace – Kale Salad with Apple, Hazelnuts & Bacon

trashed up cocktails

  1. Dine & Dish – Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail
  2. Food For My Family – Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy Cocktail
  3. Minimalist Baker – Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshakes
  4. Stylish, Stealthy & (sometimes) Healthy – Apple Cider Shandy
  5. A Spicy Perspective – Preggy Punch Mocktail
  6. Girl vs. Dough – Boozy Maple Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake
  7. Honestly Yum – Maple Bacon Pisco Sour
  8. Cookin Canuck – Pink Grapefruit Margaritas
  9. A Thought For Food – Mezcal Citrico Cocktail
  10. A House in the Hills – Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer
  11. The Novice Chef – Ginger Bourbon Apple Cider
  12. Bran Appetit – Citrus Cider Punch Floats

trashed up burgers

  1. Edible Perspective – Meatloaf Veggie Burgers with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy
  2. The Little Kitchen – Salmon BLT Sliders with an Avocado Aioli & Brie
  3. Daisy At Home – Balsamic Beef Burger with Mac and Cheese
  4. Cookies & Cups – Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burger
  5. Climbing Grier Mountain – Trashed-Up Steak Burger with Chicken Fried Bacon & Dijon Gravy
  6. Dessert For Two – Bleu Cheese Burgers + Sweet Potato Fries
  7. Country Clever – Fig Rosemary Roast Chicken Brie Brussels Sprout Panini
  8. Foodie Crush – The Best Cheeseburger Soup
  9. Lady and Pups – Spicy Sambal Chicken Meatball Sub with Eggs
  10. Two Peas & Their Pod – Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese
  11. Bake Your Day – Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

trashed up tacos

  1. Spoon Fork Bacon – Crunchy Ground Beef and Cheesy Tacos
  2. The Fauxmartha – Boozy Beef and Butternut Tacos
  3. With Food + Love – Harvest Hash Breakfast Tacos
  4. Mountain Mama Cooks – Crispy Kale and Brussels Sprout Tacos with Bacon
  5. Heather Christo – Bahn Mi Tacos with Spicy Sriracha Honey Sauce
  6. A Couple Cooks – Loaded Huevos Rancheros Tacos
  7. Fitnessista – San Diego Lobster Street Tacos

trashed up desserts

  1. Table for Two – Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate, and Brown Butter Shortbread Bars with Sprinkles
  2. My Name is Yeh – Mini Vanilla Loaf Cakes, All Trashed Up
  3. Picky Palate – Pumpkin Spice Butterscotch Sprinkle Cupcakes
  4. Sprinkle Bakes – Cake Batter Confetti Cupcakes
  5. Averie Cooks – Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
  6. Sweet Phi – Trashed Up Shortbread Cookie Bars
  7. Love & Olive Oil – Loaded Junk Food Brownies
  8. Lauren’s Latest – Bakery Sugar Cookies
  9. Cookie + Kate – Peanut Butter, Banana, Honey and Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
  10. Flourishing Foodie – Triple Layer Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting
  11. The Sugar Hit – Salted Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream Cake
  12. Hummingbird High – Breakfast Cereal Cake Donuts
  13. Top With Cinnamon – Triple Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Crumb Cake
  14. Bake at 350 – Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sundaes
  15. Simple Bites – Lemon Layer Cake
  16. Bakerella – Baby Block Cake Pops
  17. She Wears Many Hats –  Chocolate Covered Grapefruit

trashed up pizza

  1. Bev Cooks – Beer Battered Fried Calamari Pizza
  2. Rachel Cooks – Apple and Chicken Sausage Pizza with Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Crust
  3. Foodie With Family – Trashed Up Barbecue Turkey Pizza
  4. Shutterbean – Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza
  5. i am a food blog – Grilled Cheese Pizza
  6. My Life as a Mrs – Chili Cheese Dog Pizza
  7. Simply Scratch – Steak + Blue Cheese Pizza with Crispy Fried Shallots and Honey Balsamic Drizzle
  8. The Beeroness – Beer Cheese Tater Tot Pizza
  9. Yes I Want Cake – Roasted Pumpkin Pizza
  10. Two Red Bowls – Bacon Mashed Potato Pizza
  11. Dula Notes – Pork Bahn Mi Pizza
  12. Weelicious – Trashed Up Mexican Pizza Pockets
  13. Take a Megabite – Roasted Beet Pizza
  14. Hungry Girl Por Vida – Hard Cider Braised Pork with Sour Cherries and Cheesy Polenta
  15. Bakers Royale – Trash’d Street Tacos

Posted on November 04, 2014

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 11/04/2014 at 6:42 am

    Yum! These bars look amazing! And I’m not going to get anything done at all today … I want to read every last blog post in this list. This must be the most incredible baby shower menu in the history of baby shower menus… As a somewhat new blogger, I’m completely inspired by this invisible friend community. Everyone should be so lucky to have such great friends!

  2. 11/04/2014 at 6:54 am

    These look amazing! They fit perfectly to the theme. Its been so fun to see all the recipes!

  3. 11/04/2014 at 6:58 am

    These are so perfect for Jess! And I want an entire pan with my coffee this morning.

  4. 11/04/2014 at 8:18 am

    These are just perfect Julie! So much fun!

  5. 11/04/2014 at 8:43 am

    SO pretty!! Just like Jessica. ;)

  6. 11/04/2014 at 8:49 am

    Sprinkles are a MUST! Love it Julie :)

  7. 11/04/2014 at 9:02 am

    i have no words. THANK YOU for everything. xoxoxo

  8. 11/04/2014 at 9:17 am

    How could she not love these? Gawwwsh they look awesome!!

  9. wow, these look amazing!

  10. 11/04/2014 at 10:13 am

    These look amazing. Made something similar last week using biscuits at the bottom.

    It’s wonderful to see this excitement all over my timelines (yes it’s everywhere)

  11. 11/04/2014 at 11:44 am

    OMG these look to die for! I want these so badly. That caramel layer is calling my name!

  12. 11/04/2014 at 11:57 am

    These look positively additive! Perfect for Jess’ shower.

  13. 11/04/2014 at 12:18 pm

    well, this looks amazing!

  14. 11/04/2014 at 12:40 pm

    WOW. That looks incredible. These would make perfect homemade christmas gifts. LOVE.

  15. 11/04/2014 at 1:10 pm

    Those photos make me want to lick my computer screen…don’t worry….I didn’t….but I really, really wanted to! Yummmmmm.

  16. 11/04/2014 at 1:33 pm

    These. look. wonderful! Those sprinkles! That chocolate! I feel these may be baked for an upcoming cookie swap!

  17. 11/04/2014 at 2:33 pm

    Ohhh holy hellyeahhhh!! This is beyond awesome Julie!

  18. 11/04/2014 at 2:45 pm

    girl, these look INCREDIBLE! that caramel!!! i want it on my toast in the morning.

  19. 11/04/2014 at 3:42 pm

    Holy hell, woman. YEAH. Thank you for being a part of this!

  20. 11/04/2014 at 4:04 pm

    These look incredible! And the sprinkles make them just so perfect for Jessica’s party. GAH – so much good stuff on the internet today with this virtual baby shower. I can’t handle it! I want it all!!

  21. 11/04/2014 at 5:34 pm

    Did someone say shortbread? Oh these looks so amazing. I wish I could have these on my table right now. Wonderful post

  22. 11/04/2014 at 6:29 pm

    Holy moly – this looks super good! And Jessica must be thrilled seeing those yummy recipes.

  23. 11/04/2014 at 8:50 pm

    Well it’s a good thing, really, that we’re not having this shower in real life because I would STEAL ALL THESE BARS FOR MYSELF. ;)

  24. 11/04/2014 at 9:00 pm

    Julie I’ve been thinking about these since I saw it on IG earlier. Salted caramel, dark chocolate and those sprinkles. This is a to-die-for treat, for real.

  25. Gooey glory is right! These look amazing! Pinned!

  26. 11/04/2014 at 9:34 pm

    these are AMAZING. and so so jessica!!! love all your kind words about her — they are so true!!! — and these insane shortbread bars. that salted caramel looks to die for. this is the best day ever!!

  27. 11/05/2014 at 12:04 am

    These bars are so fun, love that caramel and the sprinkles!

  28. 11/05/2014 at 12:49 am

    These look gorgeous! That caramel ooze, and the chocolate slab on top? Yum.

  29. 11/05/2014 at 8:41 am

    I’m really hoping it’s ok to make these for breakfast, cause i’m totally doing it!

  30. 11/05/2014 at 9:06 am

    I want to kiss these bars they’re so pretty!! WHOA!

  31. 11/05/2014 at 9:21 am

    So in love with these!

  32. 11/05/2014 at 9:56 am

    I absolutely love these!!! they are so pretty and gooey and i DO want to eat the while pan!

  33. 11/05/2014 at 1:02 pm

    All that gooey caramel, you’re killing me with these!!!

  34. 11/05/2014 at 1:24 pm

    these look so fantastic. I love the gooey drippy mess of these bars!

  35. 11/05/2014 at 2:18 pm


  36. 11/05/2014 at 3:04 pm

    Love me some salted caramel! These look completely delicious!

  37. 11/05/2014 at 4:09 pm

    I adore these!! And miss your pretty little face. How the heck are you, friend?!

    • Julie
      11/05/2014 at 9:04 pm

      Miss you too!! I’m doing good – just super suuuuper busy. How are you?!

  38. Kris
    11/05/2014 at 4:12 pm

    Brown butter?

  39. 11/05/2014 at 4:16 pm

    So pretty! HAVE to make these! Thanks for the inspiration!

  40. 11/05/2014 at 4:59 pm

    Oh what I wouldn’t give to just have a liiittlllle bite of these!

  41. 11/05/2014 at 8:11 pm

    I am a sucker for shortbread. Now add chocolate, caramel, and sprinkles?? I can’t even take it. Love! Thanks for joining in for Jess’s shower!

  42. 11/06/2014 at 5:25 pm

    This looks amazingly delicious!

  43. 11/06/2014 at 8:50 pm

    Yum! Hard to go wrong with oozy, gooey salted caramel.

  44. 11/06/2014 at 11:18 pm

    Awww these are so so much fun!!

  45. 11/09/2014 at 12:39 am

    Oh goodness, these look amazing!

  46. 11/12/2014 at 4:19 pm

    Sprinkles makes everything better! Can’t wait to try!

  47. Hannah
    03/20/2016 at 12:21 am

    Hello dear – made this tonight. I’m wondering if the proportions you used for the shortbread – .25 C. brown butter and 2.25 C. sugar and flour – actually worked to bind the mixture together? I suspected it was not wet enough and after baking it and topping it with caramel and chocolate, it came out as an unbound powder. Is there any other ingredient or more butter that held your crust together?

    • Julie
      03/20/2016 at 8:07 am

      Hi Hannah, yes that proportion worked for me, however, if yours didn’t bind, I would add extra melted butter or some water to bind it some more :)

  48. Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky
    12/26/2017 at 6:35 am

    The colors are so vibrant – your photography is fantastic! These salted caramel dark chocolate and brown butter shortbread bars with sprinkles are incredible and yummy! Are they gluten-free? Thanks for sharing!

    • Julie
      12/26/2017 at 5:55 pm

      No, I don’t believe they’re gluten-free.

  49. Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy
    06/25/2018 at 5:53 am

    These salted caramel dark chocolate and brown butter shortbread bars with sprinkles are absolutely magnificent, scrumptious, delicious, super yummy.

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