No Bake Chocolate Cookie Bars

5 from 2 votes

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These Caramel No Bake Chocolate Cookie Bars are, simply put, out of this world, crazy good. Yes, that was a mouthful in itself just to say.

Holy smokes this one is a killer dessert. Be prepared for an over-the-top, wow-the-crowd, flavor, texture, nirvana sensation people. Oh, and it has a cookie base, malt balls, caramel and is no-bake, too.

Caramel No Bake Chocolate Cookie Bars

These are not for the faint of heart either. I didn’t even finish one at the size I cut them, I just had half and was supremely satisfied and happy. Now that’s saying something!

Recently I’ve had inquiries and asks for “more desserts, baked or not please” time and time again. OK, so every now and then I’ll post a new dessert for you to try!

So here’s one for you, that when I saw a picture of it, knew I just had to try. I’ve adapted it myself, but the credit for this beauty goes to Melissa over at the Whimsical Wife.

chopped malt balls and chocolate for Caramel No Bake Chocolate Cookie Bars

Talk about rich! I think when I make these again it would be in a 13×9″ rectangle pan instead of the 9×9″ to spread them out a bit more.

These are stacks of decadent, amazing caramel, chocolate goodness. The killer are the malt balls with the wonderful crunch appeal, matched with the soft chocolate truffle and gooey caramel all sitting atop of wonderful cookie crust. Be prepared and make these bite-sized, they are over the top delicious. Enjoy!

Caramel No Bake Chocolate Cookie Bars

This recipe first appeared on Kevin Is Cooking in November 2015 and has been updated with a video.



No Bake Salted Caramel Malted Chocolate Cookie Bars.

Caramel No Bake Chocolate Cookie Bars

5 from 2 votes
These Caramel No Bake Chocolate Cookie Bars have a cookie base, layers of dark chocolate ganache, malt balls, salted caramel and milk chocolate on top. Chocolate Lovers will go crazy for these! Adapted from Melissa over at The Whimsical WifeRecipe video included.
Servings: 16
Prep: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours


  • Cookie Base:
  • 8 oz Nilla cookies
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 9 tbsp butter , melted
  • Dark Chocolate Truffle Filling:
  • 8 oz 80% dark chocolate , chopped
  • 10 tbsp heavy cream
  • 6 oz malt balls , roughly chopped
  • Salted Caramel Filling:
  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 2/3 heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt flakes
  • Milk Chocolate Topping:
  • 8 oz milk chocolate chips , melted
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • To Garnish
  • 32 Malt balls


  • Line a 9x9” baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Pulse the Nilla cookies and walnuts in a food processor until crumbled, about 30-40 seconds. Pour in the melted butter and pulse for a further 10-20 seconds until the mixture comes together. Press the cookie mixture to cover the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate 30 minutes to firm up.
  • In a microwave safe bowl add the dark chocolate and cream and heat at 30 second pulses until melted. Stir together until the mixture is combined. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to cool. Once the mixture has cooled, but not hardened, add in the chopped malt balls and stir to combine.
  • Take the cookie base out of the fridge and pour the truffle filling on top, gently spreading the mixture evenly over the cookie base. Place back into the fridge for a further 20-30 minutes for the truffle filling to set.
  • In a small saucepan add the condensed milk, cream, corn syrup, vanilla and sea salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower to a simmer and let it gently bubble for 15-20 minutes (a little longer if you like a darker caramel), stirring often so it doesn't burn. Set it aside to cool for 5 minutes before pouring over the dark chocolate truffle layer. Gently smooth the caramel with a spatula over the fudge layer and place back into the fridge for another 15 minutes to cool and firm up.
  • Remove from the refrigerator and pour over the melted milk chocolate over the top of the salted caramel. Quickly spread the milk chocolate evenly over the top of the caramel with a spatula. Quickly press the malt balls into the milk chocolate leaving a little sticking out of the top as garnish for each square. This should make 16 squares. Place back into the fridge and let it chill and firm up for 1 to 2 hours before cutting.


Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 1.9mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Western
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  1. 5 stars
    Hard to believe these are no bake! Those layers are absolutely perfect! Salted caramel is kinda my jam – love the contrasting flavours. Bet these would be lovely on Friday night with a glass of vino 😉 Happy Friday!

    1. Thanks Dawn, these are a serious dessert bar. So good I make these every now and then for a fix then bring to a friend’s or I’d eat them all. 🙂

  2. Brilliant, thank you so much! I usually make my caramel from condensed milk also (which I suppose makes it more like dulche de leche? Either way, it tastes amazing), so I’m glad that works here too. Can’t wait to try these! 🙂

  3. These look absolutely fantastic! I’m planning on making them for colleagues the end of the week. However the recipe instructions read condensed milk, cream, corn syrup and salt for the caramel while the ingredient list makes no mention of condensed milk but calls for caramel on the basis of sugar and butter. How is it best made for these bars?

    1. Hello Kim and thanks for stopping by. I have updated the recipe to reflect the correct ingredients, my bad. I usually make my caramel another way and had it written for that ingredient wise, but in the instructions it was different. Apologies. These No Bake Salted Caramel Malted Chocolate Cookie Bars are really something, enjoy!

  4. Oh Kevin, you know how to make me drool! Caramel, chocolate, malt (!), and a cookie base…all of that and NO bake. I must make these immediately.

  5. No bake?!?! It’s like a dream come true! Especially given its going to be 39 degrees Celsius here tomorrow!

    1. Holy heck, that’s like 102°F here! So I suggest making these tonight and keeping them chilled or out of direct sunlight for maximum snacking!

  6. Those are AMAZING! Like with all of your recipes – super clear directions on how to make them. Great job again – and that is why we all follow this site!

    1. Thanks Mary, you made my morning reading this. 🙂 I’m calling you today to catch up. LOTS of new developments to share.

  7. 5 stars
    I totally feel like you could have just named these “Epic. Period.” These bars looks crazy delish, Kevin! Just staring at these and drooling is torture because one bite would send me into anaphylaxis from my chocolate allergy. BUT i know my husband would devour these in mere seconds! Pinned! Cheers, buddy!

    1. It kills me you can’t have chocolate, bummer. All the more for your man I guess, but there are so many other wonderful ingredients for an awesome dessert treat.
      Wish you were coming out to the West Coast this weekend for the FBC convention. It would be great to meet in person. Have a wonderful weekend Chey. 🙂

      1. I didn’t even know there was a FBC out there this weekend! I’m always late to the party. Lol. Next time! I’d love to meet in person, but beware, I’m a hugger! 😉 Happy weekend to you, buddy!

  8. Hey Kevin! Whoppers are addictive! Add in truffles and caramel OMG! Condensed milk or sugar and corn syrup? 🙂

    1. Malt with chocolate is definitely one of my favorites. When I was in Australia I found these wonder chocolate covered honeycomb malt bars – heaven, but these with caramel… so good!

  9. Holy smokes, Kevin! These are some epic cookie bars. Pass me the entire tray please! There are so many layers of goodness here that I don’t even know where to start. #WolfpackAwesome