Caramel Treats

Making caramel is a kind of alchemy: sugar transforms as it colors into something altogether deeper and more flavorful, still sweet but with a hint of bitterness. These 22 recipes use caramel to full advantage, from chewy candies to creamy sauces that are perfect drizzled on ice cream.

Salted Caramel Apple Pie
Salted Caramel Apple Pie
A deep-dish pie is packed with both sweet and tart apples to balance the rich, salted caramel sauce. Get the recipe for Salted Caramel Apple Pie »Andrew Ingalls
Rose's Famous Caramel Cake
Rose's Famous Caramel Cake
This buttery cake slathered with rich caramel icing has earned local fame on Chicago's South Side—it's one of our favorites to make for special occasions.James Oseland
Caramel Lassi
Caramel Lassi
This sweet riff on the Indian yogurt drinks known as lassis comes from Lingaraj Lassi, a popular refreshment stand in Bhubaneshwar in the east Indian state of Odisha. Its honeyed taste and caramel hue come from the sugars in the milk, which caramelize as the milk reduces, deepening and intensifying it in color and flavor.James Roper
Caramel Flan
Flan de Caramelo (Caramel Flan)
Luscious, eggy, caramel-coated custard is a favorite in Buenos Aires, and the perfect sweet ending to a languorous meal. See the recipe for Flan de Caramelo (Caramel Flan) »Landon Nordeman
Caramel Apple Butter
Caramel Apple Butter
Rich caramel sauce adds creamy sweetness to standard apple butter; spread it on toast, use it to fill pastries, or just eat it with a spoon.Laura Sant
Caramel-Apple Pie
Caramel apple pie recipe
A cinnamon-spiced sauce of butter and melted caramel candies poured over apples makes a wonderfully sweet, gooey pie filling.James Roper
Almond Caramels
Almond Caramels
Mini caramels flavored with almond, orange zest, and syrup make simple, delicious treats (and wonderful gifts).Todd Coleman
White Truffle-Pistachio Caramel Corn
White Truffle-Pistachio Caramel Corn
A combination of earthy white truffles and salty pistachios puts a decadent twist on classic caramel corn.Yossy Arefi
Lavender Earl Grey Caramel
Lavender Earl Grey Caramel
Lavender and Earl Grey tea lend this caramel sauce a citrusy, floral note—serve it warm on top of ice cream.Yossy Arefi
Classic Caramel Corn
Classic Caramel Corn
Crunchy, sweet homemade caramel corn can be made even better with the addition of nuts or chocolate chips.Todd Coleman
Peppermint Caramels
Peppermint Caramels
Chewy caramel topped with crushed peppermint candies is one of many versions of kola, a kind of semisoft toffee adored all over Sweden.Todd Coleman
Chocolate Caramel Tart
Sticky caramel and dark chocolate are a natural pair. We found using that darker, Dutch-process cocoa powder in this recipe makes for a more flavorful, cookie-like crust. **See the recipe for Chocolate Caramel Tart »**Andre Baranowski
Coconut Milk Caramels
Coconut Milk Caramels
Chewy, pleasantly salty caramels are flavored simply with coconut milk and sugar.Anna Stockwell
Caramel Apple Strata
A rich bread pudding served with vanilla cream sauce makes for an equally indulgent breakfast or dessert. See the recipe for Caramel Apple Strata »MacKenzie Smith
Creamy Coconut Caramel Corn
A smooth sauce made from sweetened condensed milk finds a textural counterpoint in nutty toasted coconut atop classic caramel corn.Anna Stockwell
Salted Caramels
Salted Caramels
Michael Laiskonis, executive pastry chef at New York City's Le Bernardin, gave us the recipe for these caramel candies.Todd Coleman
Rocky Road Brownies
Rocky Road Brownies
These cakey brownies are loaded with gooey caramels and marshmallows, crunchy nuts, and melty shards of chocolate.Noah Fecks
Caramel Cake
Caramel Cake
Buttery layer cake draped in caramel fudge, with its over-the-top grandeur and unapologetic sweetness, is a Southern classic.Todd Coleman
Caramel Pretzel Bars
Buttery shortbread meets gooey caramel meets salty pretzels in cookie bar form. We love that the caramel calls for sugar, honey, and maple syrup; it creates a multifaceted sweetness that pairs beautifully with the pretzel's salt.MacKenzie Smith
Croquembouche
Croquembouche
Literally named "crunch in the mouth," croquembouche is an edible monument of caramelized pastry.Todd Coleman
Caramel-Crumb Bars
Caramel-crumb bars made with sweetened condensed milk are a cookie jar staple in New Zealand. See the recipe for Caramel-Crumb Bars » Todd Coleman
Caramel Apples with Nuts
What could be better than gooey, delicious caramel-coated apples? Gooey, delicious caramel-coated apples with nuts.Christopher Hirsheimer
Baked Apples with Caramel Sauce
Fuji apples hold their shape perfectly when baked and coated in caramel.André Baranowski
Malted Caramel Shake
Malted Caramel Shake
Indulge in a creamy, frosty blend of caramel and vanilla.André Baranowski
Cinna-Myron Caramel Rolls
Sweet and goeey, these rolls are everything a breakfast confection should be. ** See the recipe for Cinna-Myron Caramel Rolls »**Chris Granger