caramel nutella crumb bars

by Amy on 13 October 2011

you know what i love about nutella? it’s a helpful snack, ready to lend support on both good days + bad. let’s say you have a bad day at work. you walk in the door, + that jar of nutella holllers out, bad day at work? pull up a chair + a spoon + i guarantee you’ll feel better. but it doesn’t stop there. when you have a wonderful day + arrive home, full of cheer, the nutella takes one look at you + says, great day? rock on! grab a spoon + let’s celebrate! as you may have guessed, i really love nutella, so when i ran across this recipe for caramel nutella crumb bars, i absolutely had to make them.

the recipe is easy to make + was prepped, assembled, + in the oven within probably 20 minutes of starting it – not too shabby for when you want a nutella dessert ASAP. + the results? holy decadence. these bars are super super buttery, with one layer of creamy caramel + a second layer of rich, delicious nutella. as a testament to how good these are: i got up around 2 AM last night for a glass of water + spied these little fellers sitting in a container on the kicthen counter. i looked one way. then the other way. noticing that (obviously) no one was watching, i quickly gobbled one down, forgot about the water completely, + happily went back to bed. yup, they’re really that delicious!

caramel nutella crumb bars

makes about 20 2” square bars, adapted from buns in my oven

ingredients for the crust + topping

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

ingredients for the caramel & nutella filling

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon light corn syrup (or cane syrup or homemade sugar syrup)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup nutella


preheat oven to 350 degrees + line a 13×9 baking dish with parchment paper.

to make the dough, in the bowl of a stand mixer beat together the butter, sugar, + salt on medium speed until creamy using the paddle attachment. beat in the vanilla.

turn the mixer to low + slowly add 2 1/4 cups of the flour, beating just until the dough becomes smooth + the flour is incorporated.

press 3/4 of the dough in the prepared baking dish. press the dough evenly to form the bottom layer. refrigerate while you prepare the crumb topping + filling.

add the remaining 1/4 cup of flour to the remaining dough + beat together until coarse + crumbly. do not over mix.

for the caramel filling, place the butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, + condensed milk in a saucepan over medium low heat. bring to a simmer, whisking occasionally. when the mixture begins to boil, whisk frequently until it darkens + begins to get thicker, about 10 minutes. remove from the heat + allow to cool for 10 minutes.

remove the pan from the refrigerator + spread on a layer of the nutella using an off-set spatula. you may need to warm the nutella in the microwave for a bit to soften it up enough to spread easily.

pour the caramel filling over the nutella layer + spread evenly with the spatula.

sprinkle on the crumb topping.

bake for about 30 minutes or until the filling is a dark caramel color + lightly bubbling. cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes + then cut into squares.

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1 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl October 13, 2011 at 9:40 am

I saw your post on Facebook that you were making a Nutella dessert and was eagerly waiting for this…looks sooooooooooo good. I think I have a jar of Nutella at home calling out my name…

2 amy October 13, 2011 at 9:57 am

ashley, they turned out soooo good. as you know, it can be hard to win me over with desserts since i’m picky about sweets but these did not disappoint. i really did nom right into one in the middle of the night!

3 Kelly October 13, 2011 at 9:58 am

Sounds yummy! We’re also Nutella fans. You really should try Nutella- and Ricotta-stuffed French Toast! It’s fabulous!

4 amy October 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

ooh, that sounds just amazing. is it on your blog? actually, no need to answer that – i’ll just go + look now! thanks for the suggestion.

5 Ally Garner October 13, 2011 at 11:20 am

I can confirm my jar of nutella talks to me like that as well. But it’s usually more like “Seriously, you know you want me. Don’t even front like you have willpower & prefer that nasty almond butter, guurl.” I love that you went with the full 1/2 cup nutella. I made karly’s last winter (with 1/4 cup) and they were delicious, but needed a little more nutella. Or maybe I just have an addiction problem with nutella……Either or.

6 amy October 13, 2011 at 11:29 am

how fun that you’ve made these before. when i saw she recommended anywhere from 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup, i automatically bumped it up to the higher amount. that’s just how i roll! glad i’m not the only person who hears their nutella talkin’ to them. =)

7 Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook October 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Looks great! We love nutella. I actually never had it up until last year when Rachel started craving it during her pregnancy. Now I crave it too, and I don’t have the pregnancy excuse 😉

8 amy October 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

ha! i tried it for the first time probably 5 years ago + have loved it ever since. pretty much every nutella-related dish i’ve ever eaten has been absolutely delicious +, of course, it’s perfect right outta the jar, too. =)

9 Lori @ RecipeGirl October 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Whoa, these look awesome. I’m all over trying this one out on my Nutella-addicted 10 year old!

10 amy October 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

i can’t wait to hear how they go over with the kiddo – i hope they’re a huge hit. =)

11 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

wow these are fabulous! Hope your week is good!!!

12 amy October 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm

they are just delicious. =) my week has been great, + has been made by eating a whole bunch of these. =) hope your week is going great, too!

13 natalie (the sweets life) October 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

oh man, caramel AND nutella? YUM!

14 amy October 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm

i know, right? caramel and nutella and butter? how could it *not* be amazing?! =)

15 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite October 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm

There is nothing like a good dessert {and a glass of wine} at the end of a long and tough day. These bars would be just the ticket to feeling happy :) lovely photos as always!

16 amy October 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm

these would be fabulous with a glass of wine. come to think of it, i *do* have a little pinot noir + a few of these bars left – i know what i’ll be doing come 5 PM! =)

17 Renee October 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm

It’s hard to type a comment because I want to keep scrolling back up to the top so I can stare at the bars enough until one pops out of the screen & lands in my mouth. My oh my they sound and look so good.

18 amy October 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

hahaha! i go through that at least once a day – stare a food picture online, hoping it will magically appear in front of me. so far, no luck, but i’ll keep hoping that one day it will. =)

19 Deidre October 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm

WOW these look AMAZING. totally decadent and totally delicious!

20 amy October 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

they are so decadent — all the butter, nutella + caramel makes you feel like you’re eating something truly luxurious, which is always a good thing!

21 Michele October 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm

You had me at nutella!

22 amy October 14, 2011 at 7:43 am

seriously, nutella does make anything delicious!

23 danielle October 14, 2011 at 9:25 am

These look so good! I agree with you, how can you go wrong with Nutella, Caramel and Butter?

24 amy October 14, 2011 at 9:56 am

amen to that! =)

25 sare October 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Hi, they look delicious. All the things in the recipe, I love. It’s difficult to find condensed milk in my country, what I can use instead of it . Have a nice weekend.

26 amy October 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm

welcome to my blog! i just took a look at your blog + judging be the language, i assume your country is turkey? here’s a recipe that shows you how to make an equivalent for sweetened condensed milk from scratch. essentially, sweetened condensed milk is just regular milk that has been cooked down to remove about some of the liquid, then sweetened. i hope this substitute works out great for you!

27 Emma October 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I literally gasped out loud when I saw that picture. Everything about these bars is right. The buttery shortbread, the nutella, the caramel, the crumbly topping. Holy moly.

28 amy October 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm

they are sooo good (+ super duper buttery). definitely not something i need to eat every day, waistline-wise, but an awesome, decadent treat every once + a while. like today. and yesterday. and, oh yeah, the day before…. =)

29 Mommyof2Girlz/StephD October 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Oh my goodness! They look amazing…and now I am craving something sweet…lol Thanks for the yummy recipe!

30 amy October 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm

sorry for bringing on a craving for you but i promise they’re worth it. i just had another nibble of one a few minutes ago … delicious!

31 BreAna {Sugar & Spice & All Things Iced} October 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

These look amazing!! I think I might just need to make these ASAP! My husband is still talking about the Nutella cookies I made using your recipe!! He would LOVE these!!

32 amy October 16, 2011 at 9:28 am

ah, i love those nutella cookies (as does my husband – in fact, he asked me to make a batch of ’em today just a few hours ago). i can’t wait to hear what your husband thinks of these!

33 ehalvey October 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Nutella AND caramel in one dessert??? Be still my heart!

34 amy October 21, 2011 at 8:14 am

i hear ya! nutella makes my heart go pitter patter, too. =)

35 New York Diaries October 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Amy….I’ve been meaning to tell you about this product for some time (and what better time than now, when I’m absolutely swamped at work and shouldn’t be browsing the web. ha)

So I used to be a nutella FANATIC, until of course, I discovered this: Le Pain Quotidien’s Brunette (Praline) Spread. (I just spent a good five minutes trying to find a site where you could buy it, but I just can’t seem to find anything!)

But just google it. Let me know if you’re interested….I may need to send you some!

36 amy October 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm

oh my goodness, that sounds soooo good. i’m going to try to hunt down some in Nashville – i bet that i will become immediately addicted to it. ha!

37 Dawn November 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

OMG….I just made these and they are to die for! I hope they make it to tomorrow for Thanksgiving!!!

38 amy November 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm

woohoo! so glad they turned out great for you. aren’t they insanely delish?

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