I love fall, and I can never get enough of two very popular fall flavors: salted caramel and maple. So rather than choose between the two, I figured why not have both! These Salted Caramel Maple Bars are sweet, sticky, gooey, cakey, and incredibly easy to make, taking just 30 minutes from start to finish!
Why this recipe works
These two epic fall flavors complement each other so perfectly. These easy, baked bars have the consistency of a dense cake, and are loaded with the best sweet fall flavors. They are perfect for everything from an afternoon snack to a sweet breakfast to the perfect dessert for your Thanksgiving table.
Ingredients and notes
Salted Caramel Sauce - This super simple recipe works with either homemade salted caramel sauce or a jar of store-bought sauce. Caramel sauce without salt will also work, just add a teaspoon of sea salt to the caramel.
Maple Syrup - Maple syrup moistens and sweetens these dessert bars, as well as contributes to both the texture and flavor. Though the flavor will be better with real maple syrup, pancake syrup
Salt - These magic golden squares use kosher salt in the batter, but to add extra saltiness to the caramel, sea salt will work best.
How to make this recipe
Preheat the oven and line 9x13 pan with parchment paper.
Combine butter and sugar.
Beat the maple syrup, caramel, and eggs into the sugar and butter.
Add the 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 delicious salted caramel maple squares.
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!
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!
The only difference is the addition of sea salt. Saltiness balances out sweetness, which makes sea salt and caramel a perfect pair!
Tips & Tricks
- 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 if you're using regular caramel sauce.
- This recipe can be made in two 8x8 pans instead of a 9x13 pan, but bake time will likely need to be slightly shortened.
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Salted Caramel Maple Bars
- Mixing bowl
- Silicone spatula (a wooden spoon works too!)
- 9x13 baking pan
- 1 stick butter melted and cooled
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup salted caramel sauce 11.5 oz jar
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 2 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt Diamond Crystal
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a 9x13 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.
This post was updated in September 2021 with new photos, and again in August 2022 with additional information about the recipes.