Danielle Johnson Recipe

Easy Caramels

By Danielle Johnson mrsjnsn

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I was given this recipe from a coworker who told me they were the best caramels ever and were so easy to make. She was right! They have now become a holiday staple when baking because of their delicious butter flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture!

Tip: I have had the best results when using name brand ingredients as listed.


1 c
butter, room temperature
2 1/4 c
brown sugar
1 c
light karo syrup
1 can(s)
eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp
vanilla extract

Directions Step-By-Step

Cover 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside
In a large microwave safe bowl, combine butter, sugar, karo syrup, sweetened condensed milk, and salt. Mix just until combined.
Microwave on high as follows:
4 minutes then stir
4 minutes then stir
4 minutes then stir
4 minutes then stir
Add 2 tsp vanilla extract. Stir
Pour mixture into prepared 9x13 and let cool completely. When cooled, cut into pieces and wrap individually with wax paper or saran wrap.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candies
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Wendy Rusch snooksk9
Nov 21, 2010
lol I love that warning!!!
rebecca goff sashayin
Nov 21, 2010
You forgot the warning that you need to have lots of extra spoons so you can test the mixture inbetween each 4 minutes of microwaving or was that just me???? Wow easy and very yummy thanks for the post
Wendy Rusch snooksk9
Nov 21, 2010
I am still amazed by that! lol
Danielle Johnson mrsjnsn
Nov 21, 2010
I kept the wrapped caramels in a cookie jar for about a week before we finished them. They still stayed soft as long as they were wrapped tightly. Wendy-I was surprised by the microwave method as well, but I will never go back to the stove method now!
Wendy Rusch snooksk9
Nov 21, 2010
Really??? This really works in the microwave??? CRAZY! If so, sures beats standing over the stove stirring for an hour or so......
Gonna have to try!