Don’t you love when the door bell rings and it’s a friend on the doorstep with treats? Yesterday, as I was busy cooking a dinner for the teachers at our school, my door bell rang. And much to my delight it was a friend sharing her delicious homemade Cinnamon Caramels.
They were so fun and delicious that I was surprised to find out they were made in the microwave… and take around ten minutes to make. Is that possible?
And Sharon generously shared her recipe with us all.
Thank you Sharon, they are absolutely wonderful. And they are so pretty and perfect for Valentine’s Day. Now if you’ll excuse me. I’m off to the store to buy cinnamon and anise oil… I can’t wait to try them out myself.
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Light Karo Syrup (not dark-doesn’t set right)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 t. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Buttered 8×8 baking dish
Melt butter in large microwave bowl. Stir in Karo syrup, both sugars and sweetened condensed milk. Microwave on high 6-6 1/2 minutes. Stir down and scrape sides of bowl every 2 minutes.
Stir in vanilla and nuts (if you add them at all).
Pour into buttered dish and refrigerate until set.
Cut into squares and wrap each in wax paper. Enjoy!
(Sharon’s note: I have made these at least seven times and they have turned out perfectly every time. I have found that 6 minutes and 15 seconds is the perfect length of time in my microwave.)
To use up the other half of the condensed milk just make another batch. Don’t double the recipe cause it doesn’t work.
*To make yummy cinnamon caramels, instead of adding the one teaspoon vanilla, substitute one half dram of cinnamon oil, (I got mine at Gygi’s) and half a teaspoon of red food coloring paste.
*To make licorice caramels substitute one half dram of anise oil and half a teaspoon of black food coloring paste.