28 Caramel Dessert Recipes
Caramel lends its salty and sweet flavor to these luscious cakes, pies, and more.
This three-layer butter cake has a pecan-pie filling in between the cake layers, a rich cream cheese frosting, and a topping of sweet coconut and chopped pecans. It's a great dessert for holiday entertaining.
- Recipe: Caramel Cream Cake
These cupcakes may well be the ultimate in cupcake decadence with cream cheese and butter in the cake batter, a chocolate toppping, and then a caramel-cream cheese frosting with flaked salt. You'll see that salt really does bring out the flavor of the sweet.
Sautéed apple slices baked beneath the batter turn these special muffins into miniature apple upside-down cakes. The same recipe also makes two luscious loaves of apple bread – perfect for fall picnics and tailgating.
- Recipe: Caramel-Apple Muffins
No rolling pin required for this company-worthy cobbler! Sautée the apples and pears in brown sugar and butter, then pour on the crust and bake.
A deliciously sweet filling made with chocolate, peanut butter, and caramel is the perfect match for the salty crunch of an over-the-rim pretzel crust. Pottery pie plates, like this pretty blue dish, vary in size and shape, so we don’t often use them for baking – but they do make colorful serving pieces and most are large enough to hold a 9-inch glass pie plate.
- Recipe: Candy Bar Pie
Recipe: Salted Caramel Strawberries
This recipe is a great way to use the delicious, seasonal flavor of pumpkin. If you're short on time (or dishes) you can make this in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
When you’re in the mood for cookies, try one of chocolate-filled, caramel-topped treats. They are easy to make, especially with the head start of a cake mix. Serve with a cold glass of milk.
- Recipe: Caramel-Pecan Oatmeal Bars
Branch out and get creative with some of our favorite caramel apple toppings. We used Southern magnolia twigs; other branches may render the apples inedible. When in doubt, use craft sticks or large pretzel sticks.
- Recipe: Southern-Style Caramel Apples
A heavenly marriage of cheesecake and custard, Caramel-Cream Cheese Flan is sent to the table with effortless style. Sugar is caramelized in a cake pan on the stovetop and then cooled and baked beneath a creamy layer of custard. After chilling, the hardened caramel melts, covering the top and sides of the inverted flan.
- Recipe: Caramel-Cream Cheese Flan
Caramelized brown sugar and toasted pecans make an irresistible combination. Pour this mixture over a shortbread crust and bake for delectable, chewy bars. They transport easily to take to a party or give as a gift.
- Recipe: Caramel-Pecan Bars
Canned cranberry sauce adds tart, fruity flavor to this caramelized sugar-crusted custard. Garnish with fresh cranberries with edible gold leaf. Order gold leaf online from surlatable.com, fancyflours.com, or goldleafcompany.com; a splurge worthwhile, it will last for years if stored in a dry place.
It may look like a chore, but this cheesecake tart calls for a relatively straightforward preparation: First, press the crust into the tart pan. Next, mix the cream cheese filling, fill the tart shell, and bake. Finally, gild the pie with sautéed tart apples, and paint them with melted apple jelly for a jewelled effect.
Recipe: Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tart
For a different look, bake in 8 to 10 lightly greased 8-oz. ramekins in a jelly-roll pan. Reduce covered bake time to 25 minutes; reduce uncovered bake time to 10 to 15 minutes.