Short Cut Caramels

Short Cut Caramels Recipe

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Danyell Marchant


I love homemade caramels.Growing up my grandmother made these and I fell in love. After my grandmothers passing I came across the recipe and tried it. OMG, it was super easy and soooo good.

★★★★★ 1 vote
makes 2 lbs. or 64 One inch squares
10 Min
30 Min


1 c
butter, room temperature
16 oz
box light brown sugar
14 oz
can sweetened condensed milk
1 c
light corn syrup
1 tsp
vanilla extract

How to Make Short Cut Caramels


  • 1Line an 8x8x2" or 9x9x2" baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Butter or spray the foil. Set aside.
  • 2In a heavy saucepan with high sides melt butter over low heat. Add the brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk (or cream, if using) and corn syrup; mix well. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Insert a candy thermometer. Reduce heat to medium; continue boiling at a moderate, steady rate, stirring frequently, until the thermometer registers 248°F, firm ball stage. Adjust heat as necessary to maintain a steady boil.
  • 3Remove pan from heat; remove thermometer. Stir in vanilla. Quickly pour mixture into prepared pan. When firm, use foil to lift out of pan. Cut into 1" squares. You can also press each piece lightly onto a small plate of fleur de sel or sea salt, wrap as desired. Makes 2 lbs, or about 64 pieces.
  • 4Let cool for about 3 hours before cutting. Cut with a sharp knife. I used a pizza cutter and it worked better than a knife.

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About Short Cut Caramels

Course/Dish: Candies
Other Tag: Quick & Easy