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Caramel Butterscotch Cookie Bars

Caramel Butterscotch Cookie Bars ~ Basic cookie recipe made over with butterscotch chips and decadent caramel sauce baked in and drizzled on top.Caramel Butterscotch Cookie Bars ~ Basic cookie recipe made over with butterscotch chips and decadent caramel sauce baked in and drizzled on top ~ The Complete Savorist #MomentoNESCAFE adWe spend so much time thinking about the big things in life. The wedding instead of the marriage. The big game instead of daily practice and conditioning. The career we want instead of college courses we need to first pass. We often get caught up in the big brief moments instead of all the little moments that actually make up the lives we live.

I am no different. I am so focused on making my career a success that I’ve not taken the time to look at all the little achievements I’ve earned along the way that point to my actual success.

This extends into my personal life as well. I’m not focused on a wedding or a big game, I am focused on the career. But instead of ignoring to my studies, I am not really paying attention to my life outside work.

Caramel Butterscotch Cookie Bars ~ Basic cookie recipe made over with butterscotch chips and decadent caramel sauce baked in and drizzled on top ~ The Complete Savorist #MomentoNESCAFE adWhen the opportunity to partner again with NESCAFÉ presented itself, I was eager to get started. The message they are sharing is about ‘breaking the routine, and making moments happen.’ I really started to think about this. What is my routine? It’s mostly work, with some time for Elizabeth and a couple of others. I used to have huge social life and now, well, not so much. I have become so hyper focused on my career that I’ve stopped smelling the roses.

For the last couple of weeks I have been thinking about the little things. I’ve been trying to focus on these little things that actually make my life wonderful, but are out of my routine of work, work, work.

Here are some of those moments:

My daughter’s small hand, pulling a blanket up to my neck, then rubbing my cheek telling me to sleep, that I will feel better after some rest.

Darla handing me a small vase of flowers she had just cut from her garden, ‘because they smell wonderful’ and they were in a green vase, my favorite color.

Before I was even out of the car, Matthew emerged from my house and started unloading the groceries from the trunk of the car.

My neighbor Caydee took pity on me, laughed with me, and genuinely sympathized with me when I learned that her new next door neighbors, my new across the street neighbors, are the ex-wife and children of someone I used to know, and will now have to see again.

Brianna sent me a text meme about coffee because she knows of my deep abiding love for the stuff. The significance of this is that she is 13. She saw it, thought of me, and sent it over.

My grandmother mailed a recipe she tore from a magazine simply because it had my name all over it.Caramel Butterscotch Cookie Bars ~ Basic cookie recipe made over with butterscotch chips and decadent caramel sauce baked in and drizzled on top ~ The Complete Savorist #MomentoNESCAFE adThese are just a few of the many small things make up some simple yet wonderful moments of my life; things that I would probably feel the warm-fuzzys over for a minute or two and would then move on. Since I am trying to recognize these small moments, they are having a deeper and greater impact on me.

I also realize purposely taking these moments is crucial. I’m fortunate that I can set my own schedule.  That freedom also means I usually just keep going, since there is no real “end” to what I have to do. I decided I needed to take advantage of the freedom and I took a random day off in the middle of the week to hang out with my best gal pal Darla (you thought I was going to say Rachel Green, didn’t you?). She too, has some freedom in her own schedule and we just needed to break our routine.

There was coffee, lunch, wine, baking (I know, not the typical task you’d find me doing on a day off.) and lots and lots of chatting. It was wonderful and quite frankly rejuvenating.Caramel Butterscotch Cookie Bars ~ Basic cookie recipe made over with butterscotch chips and decadent caramel sauce baked in and drizzled on top ~ The Complete Savorist #MomentoNESCAFE adFollowing the prompt by NESCAFÉ to break my routine, I ended up having a joyous day with someone I love. NESCAFÉ conducted their own social experiment if you will. They found random people around town and dared them to break their routine. Those who would or could, were taken on a bus and served NESCAFÉ® Clásico™ by Ricky Martin…where is that bus now and how do I get on it? Click here to see the video. The video is in Spanish, if you don’t speak Spanish, you can mute it, the message comes through even without audio.

I mentioned I baked on my day off. I didn’t want to make anything fancy or complicated. Something that tasted good and was simple enough that the baking-challenged individuals like me can pull off. Caramel Butterscotch Cookie Bars ended up being what we made. Holy delicious! I like my cookies a bit on the done side, a bit crispy, that is my personal preference. I baked mine a bit longer than the directions listed below. As a kid, it was because I like to dip them in milk. Now as an adult, I like to dunk them in my NESCAFÉ® Clásico™ coffee. Caramel Butterscotch Cookie Bars ~ Basic cookie recipe made over with butterscotch chips and decadent caramel sauce baked in and drizzled on top ~ The Complete Savorist #MomentoNESCAFE adCaramel Butterscotch Cookie Bars ~ Basic cookie recipe made over with butterscotch chips and decadent caramel sauce baked in and drizzled on top ~ The Complete Savorist #MomentoNESCAFE adCaramel Butterscotch Cookie Bars 5

Caramel Butterscotch Cookie Bars

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs; room temp
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1-11 oz package butterscotch chips
  • 7 tbsp caramel sauce; divided 2:2:3
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Mix/sift the dry goods together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars together on medium high.
  4. Once combined, add the eggs, one at a time, making sure the first is fully incorporated before adding the next.
  5. Add the vanilla and mix.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients, a bit at time, until the dough has been completed formed.
  7. Pour in the butterscotch chips and mix until well combined.
  8. Mix in 2 tbsp caramel sauce to the dough.
  9. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper and apply the cooking spray.
  10. Press half the dough into the pan, taking care to reach the corners as best as possible.
  11. Drizzle 2 tbsp caramel over the pressed dough.
  12. Add the remaining dough to the pan, again taking care to reach the corners.
  13. Drizzle the final 3 tbsp caramel sauce over the top.
  14. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until they have reached the desired doneness.

Caramel Butterscotch Cookie Bars ~ Basic cookie recipe made over with butterscotch chips and decadent caramel sauce baked in and drizzled on top ~ The Complete Savorist #MomentoNESCAFE adMaking time each day to enjoy the little things has become increasingly important to me. What are some of the little things in your life that bring you happiness and how can NESCAFÉ® Clásico™ be apart of it?

Caramel Butterscotch Cookie Bars ~ Basic cookie recipe made over with butterscotch chips and decadent caramel sauce baked in and drizzled on top ~ The Complete Savorist #MomentoNESCAFE ad

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34 Comments

  • Reply
    Debra C.
    June 19, 2016 at 7:33 am

    I love your advice – taking a moment to stop and smell the roses are appreciate life is happiness, something I need to do more of! And those bars….look just heavenly, be making them soon and will enjoy with a great cup of coffee!

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      June 20, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Thank you Debra. All work and no play is not good for the heart or soul. Hope you and the hubby love these.

  • Reply
    Danita
    June 20, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Oh how I love cookie bars! Great pictures, BTW!

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    Christine
    June 20, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Oh wow! What a delicious combo of flavors! They look so soft and tasty!

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    Angela
    June 20, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Oh my!!!! These sound absolutely fantastic! I just love anything with caramel!

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    Alli M
    June 20, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Oh yummy these look amazing. Love the butterscotch and caramel flavors!

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    Charbel
    June 20, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    These look so amazing! I love anything with butterscotch, so I think I am going to have to try these soon.

  • Reply
    MElanie
    June 20, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I never liked butterscotch as a kid, but as an adult I love it!

  • Reply
    Emily
    June 20, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    that flavor combo sounds awesome! Butterscotch is my favorite!

  • Reply
    Sandra Shaffer
    June 20, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Oh goodness these cookie bars sure look delicious! Yes, take time to savor the little things, especially the moments with your daughter. Kids grow up so fast!

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    Rachael Yerkes
    June 20, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    These look so good! I love caramel and butterscotch! What a great idea. I will definitely be making these.

  • Reply
    Emily
    June 20, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    These look so good! I have not made these before and they sound too good not to try!

  • Reply
    Annie @ Annie's Noms
    June 21, 2016 at 1:51 am

    What a fabulous flavour combo!!! These look so amazing; I love cookie bars!

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 22, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Well these can sure bring you a little moment of pure happiness!

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    Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar
    June 22, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Caramel and butterscotch are delicious together! I bet these are amazing!

  • Reply
    Heather Kinnaird
    June 22, 2016 at 11:05 am

    what a great reminder to stop and focus on whats right in front of us now,

  • Reply
    Emily
    June 22, 2016 at 11:44 am

    These cookie bars look so moist and gooey and just perfect!

  • Reply
    Theresa Sutton
    June 22, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Caramel and butterscotch together sounds absolutely heavenly. I love this!

  • Reply
    Krista
    June 22, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    These sound so good! I want to have the whole pan!

  • Reply
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia
    June 22, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    These bars look absolutely fabulous!!

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    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet
    June 22, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Wow, those looks SO good! I want several of them right now!!

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    Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
    June 22, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    These looks so moist and gooey.
    Delicious

  • Reply
    Sabrina
    June 23, 2016 at 2:14 am

    These look so gooey and delicious! Yum!

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    Katerina @ Diethood
    June 23, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Ah, you’re not alone! Most of us have been programmed to want more and more without realizing that we already have the “more” that we need.

    Now, gimme a cup of coffee and ALL the cookie bars, puhlease!

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    laura@motherwouldknow
    June 23, 2016 at 9:09 am

    I’m drooling! I love bar cookies and these look like the perfect way to satisfy my sweet tooth (and someone else’s if I leave any over:)

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    Ashley - Forking Up
    June 23, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Oh my goodness, these look like little bites of heaven. I LOVE butterscotch!

  • Reply
    Michelle | A Latte Food
    June 23, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Caramel and butterscotch are so amazing together! These cookie bars look like the perfect treat for a coffee afternoon!

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    Caydee
    July 4, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    I always love taking a minute to break from the routine and to enjoy your company Michelle! These bars were so delicious, (especially if you are crazy about butterscotch!) We increased our comfort food calories to the max by putting these with ice cream. I hid them in the freezer to keep the kids away from them, but I just kept coming back to sneak some myself 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      July 4, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      I appreciate your friendship Caydee. Putting these with ice cream is brilliant in my opinion. Great job keeping them from the kids.

  • Reply
    ALicia@Eco Natural Soap
    July 18, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    You don’t know how glad I am to have discovered your blog!! You have some awesome recipes and this one looks amazing. Going to go check the pantry right now to see if I have everything to make these tonight!!

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      July 18, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Warning, they are addictive. I am happy you discovered my blog too. Thank you for checking things out.

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