Dulce de Leche Bars

Here we go again with bars. I know, I know. I just can’t seem to help it. In defense of bars, they’re easy to make. They make enough for a crowd. And, they’re usually pleasing to that crowd.

The flavor of these bars is a bit different than my usual bar recipes. Dulce de leche is definitely underused in my kitchen. I love its caramel-like, smooth flavor.

Dulce de Leche Bars feature rich dulce de leche between layers of sweet, buttery crust. Delicious!

Much like those Blueberry Jam Bars from earlier this month, these bars are made mostly of a crumb crust and topping. It’s hard to go wrong with a buttery, sugary crumb crust. Sandwiched between two layers of that is a whole lot of dulce de leche goodness. A sprinkling of toffee bits tops it all off. All of that adds up to some kind of good.

Dulce de Leche Bars are so rich and sweet and gooey and absolutely delicious!

If you like a bit of salty with your sweet, then you might sprinkle a bit of kosher salt over the dulce de leche layer before baking. With or without that, these are truly delicious and hard to resist. While they would make great gifts or party food, you are likely to want to keep these all for yourself.

Dulce de Leche Bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 44 minutes

Dulce de Leche Bars


  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 13.4 ounces dulce de leche
  • 1 cup toffee bits


Preheat oven to 350°.

In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar and salt. Using a pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1/4 of crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into bottom of ungreased 9″x 13″ baking pan. Bake 10 minutes.

In a small saucepan, heat dulce de leche over low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, to soften slightly.

Spread dulce de leche over crust. Sprinkle evenly with toffee bits. Then, sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 15 minutes.

Run a knife around sides of pan to loosen bars. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.


Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.


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  1. Cousin Tim December 20, 2011 Reply

    Just went to a party and both desserts were from B or B. Yay!!!

  2. Hannah December 20, 2011 Reply

    oh my goodness, i LOVE dulce de leche. these must be amazing! xoxo

  3. These bars are lovely! Great recipe :)

  4. Blog is the New Black December 21, 2011 Reply


  5. Heck yes! These look amazing!

  6. Choc Chip Uru December 21, 2011 Reply

    Your bringing Christmas early Santa :)

  7. Mern George December 22, 2011 Reply

    I’m going to eat the screen.

  8. thelittleloaf December 23, 2011 Reply

    These look absolutely incredible – I love dulce de leche and would definitely add a sprinkle of salt for the ultimate salty sweet experience :-)

  9. Christy Bergeron March 8, 2012 Reply

    I made these last night & they disappeared! Thanks for sharing all of your delicious recipes.

  10. Dani @ andcute October 25, 2012 Reply

    This sounds perfect. I will make these today for my sister who is a dulce the leche addict (and having a baby right now)! :)

  11. Yasmin November 20, 2012 Reply

    I made these this evening and can confirm that they are as scrumptious as they look in the photos! Absolutely delicious and I will definitely make them again. Thank you for sharing such a fantastic recipe

  12. Kris December 16, 2012 Reply

    Can you share the recipe for the Dulce de Leche..tnx! i love all your posted recipes. Godspeed!

  13. Glo September 6, 2013 Reply

    Can’t wait to try these as soon as I drop everything to go to the grocery store for some dulce de leche. Your recipes are superb and always right on. I can just taste these already. Mahalo for the recipe.

  14. Patty March 17, 2014 Reply

    What is Dulce de Leche? How is it packaged and where do I get it? I live in Indiana. I am old and must make these before I die!

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      Jennifer McHenry March 17, 2014 Reply

      Hi, Patty. Dulce de leche is much like caramel. It’s usually in a can or jar. Look for it near the condensed milk or maybe in the Hispanic foods section.

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