Salted Caramel Maple Bars

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I love fall, and I cannot get enough of two very popular fall flavors: salted caramel and maple. (Sorry, pumpkin…) Why choose between salted caramel bars and homemade maple bars when you can have both?! If you love cake, salted caramel, and maple, you will love these Salted Caramel Maple Bars. They are sweet, sticky, gooey, cakey, and incredibly easy to make, taking just 30 minutes from start to finish!

side view of a stack of four salted caramel maple bars with caramel dripping down the side

Why this recipe works

These two epic fall flavors compliment each other so perfectly. These maple salted caramel bars have the consistency of a dense cake, and are loaded with the sweet fall flavors.

Ingredients and notes

Salted Caramel Maple Bar Ingredients

Salted Caramel Sauce – There are plenty of recipes for easy salted caramel sauce if you want to make it from scratch, or you can buy a jar of salted caramel. Either will be delicious in this recipe! You can also use regular caramel sauce and just add some extra salt!

Maple Syrup – Maple syrup both moistens and flavors these homemade maple bars, contributing to both the texture and flavor.

Salt – This recipe uses kosher salt, but if using regular caramel sauce you may also want to add some sea salt to increase the saltiness in this recipe. I would estimate about 1 teaspoon of sea salt for 1 cup of caramel, but definitely adjust to taste!

How to make this recipe

Bars

Step 1

Preheat the oven and line 9×13 pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

Combine butter and sugar.

Step 3

Beat the maple syrup, caramel, and eggs into the sugar and butter.

Step 4

Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix until smooth.

Step 5

Spread into the lined pan and bake for 20-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 6

Cool completely and cut into delicious salted caramel maple squares.

top down view of salted caramel maple bars sliced into squares, going out of the frame to the bottom right. The top left square is slightly tiled out of line.

Recipe FAQs

Is corn syrup the same as maple syrup?

No! While both are sweet, corn syrup is just sweet and does not have flavor. Maple syrup has a delicious maple flavor. They are also different types of sugars, however you could likely substitute in corn syrup for the maple syrup in this recipe. It will just lose the maple flavor and you’ll have sweet salted caramel bars!

How can you tell if maple syrup is good quality?

Maple syrup should be the only ingredient in maple syrup! Maple flavored syrup is not the same thing, but will work fine in this recipe. However, once you switch to real maple syrup, you’ll probably never go back!

What’s the difference between caramel and salted caramel?

The only difference is the addition of sea salt. Saltiness balances out sweetness, which makes sea salt and caramel a perfect pair!

Leaning stack of salted caramel maple bars on a wooden cutting board. Two bars in the upper left of frame on a white surface, sea salt topped caramel in a white bowl sitting on the wooden cutting board in the bottom left of frame, and maple syrup in a small white bowl in the bottom right of frame.

Tips & Tricks

  • Use binder clips to hold parchment paper in place when lining the baking dish.
  • If you are making homemade caramel, you can make it a salted caramel, or even a salted maple caramel sauce, or you can add extra sea salt when you add the salt if you’re making regular caramel sauce.

Related Recipes

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Salted Caramel Maple Bars

Sweet, sticky, gooey, cakey bars flavored with salted caramel and maple syrup
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, kid-friendly, one bowl
Servings: 30 bars

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Silicone spatula (a wooden spoon works too!)
  • 9×13 baking pan

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter melted and cooled
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup salted caramel sauce 11.5 oz jar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt Diamond Crystal

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.
  • Combine butter and sugar.
  • Beat eggs, caramel, and syrup into the sugar mix.
  • Add flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix until smooth.
  • Spread into the lined pan and bake for 20-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely and cut into squares.

Notes

You can use homemade or store-bought salted caramel sauce. You can also use regular caramel sauce and add 1 teaspoon of sea salt for every cup of caramel sauce.

This post was updated in September 2021 with new photos and additional information about the recipe.

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