Easy Microwave Caramels
Delicious homemade caramels made in the microwave...in less than 7 minutes!
Recipe type: Candy
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light-brown sugar
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp vanilla extract
  • Sea salt (optional)
  1. Butter an 8 by 8-inch baking dish. Line the dish with parchment paper (with overhang so that you can lift your caramel out in one piece), then butter or spray the paper with cooking spray.
  2. Place butter in a large microwave safe bowl and heat it in 30 second intervals your microwave until melted
  3. Add corn syrup, granulated sugar, brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk and salt to your bowl of melted butter, and whisk well.
  4. Return your bowl to the microwave and cook mixture on high power for 6 to 7 minutes (Cooking Classy recommended taking it out around 6 and testing either with a candy thermometer which should register between 238 - 242 degrees or placing a small spoon of the caramel in a bowl of ice water then remove it from the water and it should have formed a small pliable ball - nothing too soft or too hard. If it needs a little more time return to microwave and heat in 20 second increments.)
  5. Using oven mitts, carefully remove your bowl from microwave.
  6. Add vanilla extract to your bowl and mix well.
  7. Pour caramel mixture into your baking dish.
  8. Sprinkle sea salt on top, if desired.
  9. Place your dish in the fridge until set, about 30-40 minutes.
  10. Lift your caramel out of the dish using the parchment paper, and cut it into rectangular pieces with a sharp knife.
  11. Wrap each piece in rectangles of wax paper.
  12. Enjoy!
Recipe by Just Putzing Around the Kitchen at https://www.justputzing.com/2014/05/easy-microwave-caramels.html