12 Days of Treats

12 Days of Treats – Easy Microwave Caramels

It’s Day 8 of The 12 Days of Treats and I have an easy one for you!

I think we all remember those great wax paper caramels from childhood.  You likely knew someone who worked their fingers to the bone to create them too.  Well many of us don’t have time or patience for that so here’s a great microwave recipe for close to the same results!

These rich, amazing caramels are on par with Aunt Jean’s but you don’t have to stand there with the candy thermometer!  This recipe calls for handling boiling ingredients so best to let the kiddos sit this one out.

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Easy Microwave Caramels
  • 1⁄4 cup (57g) butter (browned for nuttier flavor, softened for traditional)
  • 1⁄2 cup (100g) white sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup (110g) brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup (155g) light Karo syrup
  • 1⁄2 cup (153g) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • 1 tsp large flake sea salt (optional)
  1. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper (use a little honey or Karo syrup on the bottom corners to help it stick) and spray sides with butter flavor cooking spray.
  2. Add butter, sugar, brown sugar, light Karo syrup and condensed milk to a microwave safe bowl and combine ingredients.
  3. Total cooking time with be 6 minutes but in 2 minute increments.
  4. After each 2 minute heating cycle, stir the ingredients using a spatula. (Be VERY careful and use a potholder to grab bowl from microwave as ingredients and bowl will get hotter with each heating.)
  5. Carefully and immediately pour the caramel mixture into your 8x8 pan and spread into the corners and even it out.

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