40 Caramel Desserts That Are Delicious in the Fall (and Every Other Season)
Chocolate desserts are bold and decadent. Fruit desserts are stunning and refreshing. But for buttery, burnt-sugar bliss, look no further than caramel desserts. From cookies to cakes to tarts, there are a *ton* of ooey-gooey treats to make that are filled, covered or swirled with the stuff. Read on for 40 caramel confections that are just the ticket for your first fall dinner party (though they taste just as good devoured solo on the couch).
7. Caramel Coconut Macaroons
The easy-as-pie caramel is baked into and drizzled on top of the macaroons, so they’re extra buttery and sweet.
13. Salted Caramel and Chocolate Rice Krispies Squares
The O.G. version is flawless, but these are no doubt more exciting. Your guests will never know you used store-bought salted caramel sauce.
18. Caramel Chocolate Coconut Cheesecake
There’s store-bought dulce de leche (aka a thick caramel made by slowly cooking sugar and milk together) both in the cream cheese filling and swirled on top. Don’t skimp on the toasted coconut chips.
22. Vanilla Bean Thumbprint Cookies with Dulce de Leche
The delicate cookies are rolled in vanilla-infused sugar (which is nothing but blitzed vanilla bean seeds and sugar) before they’re baked for extra flavor.
23. Slow-Cooker Monkey Bread
Considering that the base is store-bought biscuit dough and it all comes together in a Crock-Pot, it’s safe to say that this recipe is foolproof, down to the sticky praline topping.
27. Cardamom Crème Brûlée
Don’t sweat it if you don’t have a kitchen torch for the crackly caramel crust. Simply pop the ramekins in a cold oven and turn on the broiler until the tops are golden brown.
28. Banoffee Pie with Honeycomb
Canned dulce de leche, three-ingredient honeycomb and the easiest crust of all time keep fussiness at a minimum, resulting in a shockingly easy 40-minute recipe.
33. Salted Caramel Butterscotch Blondies
These chewy bars are already loaded with brown sugar, butter and salted caramel sauce. The butterscotch chips are just a bonus.
36. Unbelievable Butterscotch Pudding
Forget the packet stuff—this homemade alternative is just as simple to prepare. The hardest step is waiting for it to chill in the fridge before digging in.
40. Caramel Crunch
You know how the best part of a crumble is the bits of crispy brown sugar on top? You’re about to whip up an entire sheet pan’s worth of the stuff. Happy noshing.
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