A soft almond-flavored dough studded with Rolos and baked to create the most tender, most buttery, most caramel-y bars I’ve ever had! These are crazy gooey, guys. Done in 30 minutes!  

Caramely Almond Butter Bars from The Food Charlatan

So I don’t know if you’ve heard, but California is in the middle of this huge drought right now.

The main thing about a drought, see, is that it doesn’t rain. At all. Like, no moisture. That is, until you get tired halfway through moving your couch from one patio to another, and you decide to take a break…for a day and a half.

And it’s sitting out in the middle of your dry yard with no roof over it. THAT is when it rains. I am basically a rainmaker, guys, no dancing needed. Just old couches left outside. You’re welcome, farmers.

Caramely Almond Butter Bars from The Food Charlatan

Are you ready for all the caramel?? This recipe is basically a different version of these famous Almond Roca Bars. (I just want you to know that I keep typing bras instead of bars. Classy.) Almond Roca Bars are an absolute legend in my husband’s family, and now in ours. They are so, so good, and so, so done in 20 minutes. You really just can’t beat that.

Caramely Almond Butter Bars from The Food Charlatan

They have all the satisfaction of a soft warm chocolate-y cookie without the inconvenience of have to shape dough. I broke up with Eric once when we were dating, and later that day he delivered me a plate of Almond Roca Bars. (He didn’t know we had broken up.) I’m telling you. Legen-(waitforit)-dary.

Caramely Almond Butter Bars from The Food Charlatan

I can never get enough Almond Roca Bars, so I decided to do something fun with the dough, because it is perfect. So I folded some Rolos in, put it in a smaller pan, and huzzah! These bars were born. They are so butter-y, so almond-y, and so caramel-y, it is insane. They did not even last 12 hours. They are giving the classic a serious run for their money.

Caramely Almond Butter Bars from The Food Charlatan

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Caramely Almond Butter Bars

Serves Makes one 8x8 inch pan, serves 16     adjust servings


  • 1 cup salted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract*
  • 2 cups flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 12-ounce package Rolos, unwrapped


  1. Preheat your oven to 350. Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper. (Or use foil and spray with nonstick. Or spray the pan itself.)
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the egg, salt, and almond extract and beat well, scraping down the sides.
  4. Add the flour and beat until not quite incorporated.
  5. Add the rolos. I mixed them in for a couple seconds with the beater, but you can fold them in with a wooden spoon if you want. (Some of the rolos in my batch were broken and some were left whole) Don't over mix.
  6. Press into the prepared square pan.
  7. Bake at 350 for about 22-24 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. They will look soft in the middle but a toothpick should come out clean.
  8. Cut into small squares and serve with lots of milk!


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The original legendary Almond Roca Bars!

Almond Roca Bars from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Raspberry Almond Crumb Bars: richest brownie ever. PLUS almond crumble…aw yeah.

Raspberry Almond Crumb Brownies from The Food Charlatan

Almond Sheet Cake: (seriously one of my favorite cakes ever!)

Almond Sheet Cake

Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars: << How’s this for a blast from the photography past? Don’t be fooled. This recipe is LEGIT. cinnamon + caramel. Why is this not more of a thing?

Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Other almond-y goodness from my bloggy peeps:

Raspberry Almond Crumb Bras (<<SEE??) from Lovely Little Kitchen
Salted Caramel Almond Bars from Bake or Break
Almond Joy Bars from The View From Great Island