Sundae Cookie Bars

I know I’m about to lose 90% of you when I say this next bit, but please try to stick with me. It’s worth it. Ready?

I had a dream the other night. And I’m going to tell you about it.

It’ll be painless, I promise.

I dreamt that some other lady (and I use that word very loosely) baked my husband cookies.

And, here’s the really horrible part: He ate them, y’all.

When I woke up I was practically shaking with anger. I was furious. I was livid. I was all of those other words in the thesaurus that say “I mean business.”

So, I ran to the kitchen and decided to bake some cookies that would knock his stupid, cheaty teeth out.

Wait, that’s not right.

Knock his socks off. I wanted to knock his socks off. In a nice way. Because it was just a dream.

These cookies? They did the trick. He is currently walking around barefoot. With a black eye, because I’m sorry, but you don’t eat another woman’s cookies. It’s just not proper.

I’m calling these Sundae Cookie Bars, not because I topped them with ice cream. No. It’s because sandwiched between two layers of chocolate chip cookies is a gooey, delicious layer of hot fudge and caramel ice cream topping. You’re gonna want a glass of milk.

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Sundae Cookie Bars


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 - 1/2 cup Hot Fudge ice cream topping, softened
1/4 - 1/2 cup Caramel ice cream topping, softened


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until light and creamy.
Beat in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly combined.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating well.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Use your hands to press half of the dough into the bottom of the baking dish. (It will be a pretty thin layer and you'll really need to press it in.)
Spread the hot fudge sauce in a thin, even layer over the cookie dough. Use just enough to completely cover the dough.
Spread the caramel sauce over the hot fudge in a thin layer, using just enough to completely cover.
Take small chunks of the remaining cookie dough and flatten them into small pieces in your hand and place each piece in a single layer over the top of the caramel. You'll need to press the pieces pretty thin in order to have enough to mostly cover the top. It's okay if there are a small gaps, the cookies will spread as they bake.
Bake for 25 - 35 minutes, checking for the doneness you prefer. (I like them a bit gooey.)

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29 Responses to “Sundae Cookie Bars”

  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust May 17, 2012 @ 8:28 am (#

    LOVE. I could eat a ton of these.


  2. Tee May 17, 2012 @ 8:34 am (#

    Good gravy! These look amazing!


  3. Hallie12409 May 17, 2012 @ 9:00 am (#

    I’m glad I’m not the only woman who gets mad at her husband for dream cheating. It always takes me awhile to calm myself down and realize it wasn’t actually my husband. The poor guy, I’m a handful. Hehe.


  4. sally @ sallys baking addiction May 17, 2012 @ 9:31 am (#

    Holy yum! These look like the most PERFECT chocolate chip cookie bars I’ve ever seen. Seriously. They belong in a magazine. And what a delicious way to serve them up. And PS: I think I’d be in rage if some other gal baked my boyfriend cookies!!


  5. shelly (cookies and cups) May 17, 2012 @ 9:42 am (#

    Getting anymore than a “they’re fine” from my husband when it comes to cookies is basically impossible. What is wrong with these men that they have to go around cookie cheating in dreams???


  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks May 17, 2012 @ 10:09 am (#

    Karly these look insanely good! I’d love one right now!


  7. Rachel {My Coffee Cravings} May 17, 2012 @ 11:35 am (#

    As a fellow low-carb dieter, this dessert is like torture! I don’t know how you do it! Total temptation right there!


    • Karly replied: — May 17th, 2012 @ 11:56 am

      @Rachel {My Coffee Cravings},

      I don’t. :( The low carb thing didn’t last as long as I had hoped. I found myself not wanting to bake or cook anything at all and it just wasn’t working out. I’m exercising instead. It sucks. 😉


      • Rachel {My Coffee Cravings} replied: — May 17th, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

        @Karly, It really is hard to keep up such a restrictive diet. I try to keep myself right around 100 grams of carbs a day (nowhere near how low you were!) and that isn’t nearly enough when you’re dying for a dessert like this one! Exercising is definitely an awesome alternative if you get to eat stuff like this. Great recipe :)


  8. Heather May 17, 2012 @ 10:53 am (#

    I’ve woke up more than a few times mad at my husband. The cookies look amazing!


  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 17, 2012 @ 11:51 am (#

    Are you kidding me??!!! AHHHHHHH!! I want this!


  10. Blog is the New Black May 17, 2012 @ 12:56 pm (#

    These look totally amazing!


  11. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 17, 2012 @ 1:35 pm (#

    I love that you made these after that “cheating” dream! I’m sure your husband will never eat someone else’s cookies ever again.


  12. joanne May 17, 2012 @ 8:23 pm (#

    How COULD HE?!?!? I totally have dreams like that actually. And see no problem in feeling utterly self righteous about being angry for days after.

    These are love. In cookie bar form.


  13. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake May 17, 2012 @ 10:36 pm (#

    These look completely addictive! And I love the layer of hot fudge & caramel in the middle!


  14. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies May 18, 2012 @ 7:53 am (#

    Gorgeous!! And that was much more tame than the dream I had! I hate that lingering after-dream feeling. But I love cookies!


  15. Valerie May 18, 2012 @ 10:50 am (#

    That made me laugh out loud! These look beyond amazing….can’t wait to try them!


  16. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 18, 2012 @ 11:32 am (#

    Karly, these bars look insane! So delicious and decadent!


  17. Lisle May 19, 2012 @ 8:23 pm (#

    You are AWESOME! And not because of the cookies–because of the dream! The cookies are all well and good, but you’re absolutely correct in that they’re just the dressing on the relationship. Good for you! And I’m baking these cookies tomorrow. YUM!


  18. Deborah May 21, 2012 @ 10:15 pm (#

    Would it be considered cheating if you made *me* some of these?? :)


  19. Megan May 22, 2012 @ 12:35 pm (#

    do you deliver?


  20. Angie@Angie's Recipes June 5, 2012 @ 4:57 am (#

    Ain’t they just gorgeous!


  21. k June 13, 2012 @ 6:01 pm (#

    made them and loved them! thanks for sharing. :)


  22. Melissa January 30, 2013 @ 12:56 am (#

    oh my! this looks so good!! =)
    Im a new follower, love desserts!



  23. Carol June 5, 2013 @ 11:54 pm (#

    I’ve made these twice since you posted this on Chef in Training. SO delicious. My teenage boys just love them.


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