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caramel cinnamon swirl bars

Recipe by
Ellen Gwaltney Bales
Indianapolis, IN

These melt-in-your mouth dessert bars are just decadent enough to make you feel guilty. Recipe & photo:

yield 24 serving(s)
prep time 25 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For caramel cinnamon swirl bars

  • 1 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 pkg
  • 1/4 c
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1 1/2 c
    brown sugar
  • 1/2 c
    butter, softened
  • 2
  • 1 Tbsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 c
    pecans, chopped

How To Make caramel cinnamon swirl bars

  • 1
    In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; set aside. In another bowl, mix brown sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and pecans until well blended. Add flour mixture and blend well.
  • 2
    Reserve 1 cup of the batter. Spread remaining batter into a lightly greased 13x9" baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 15 minutes or until firm.
  • 3
    In a microwavable bowl, microwave caramels and milk on HIGH for 2 to 3 minutes or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after every minute. Cool for 5 minutes or until slightly thick.
  • 4
    Pour over baked layer in pan, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edges. Drop reserved 1 cup batter by spoonfuls over caramel layer. Cut through batter with knife several times for marble effect.
  • 5
    Bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars and enjoy the caramel-y decadence.