Recipe 55: Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars

These might seem like they’re meant for the holidays. That’s because they came from the Sugar and Spice section of the app.

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Do I care? Let’s see… 

Nope! It may be Spring, but they look great.

Step 1: Gather ingredients: Flour, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, milk, brown sugar, caramels, melted butter.
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What’s wrong with this picture? You’re right! It’s the caramels. You know this is a McCormick-sponsored recipe when you see those. Martha would have told me to make my own damn caramel.

Step 2: Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
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Step 3: Mix together brown sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla.
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This would also be the time you’d add the pecans if you didn’t hate them.

Step 4: Add flour mixture.
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You’ll notice some pics from another point of view. I had an assistant. She unwrapped all the caramels because I forced her to out of the goodness of her heart.  

Step 5: Reserve 1 cup of batter, spread remaining in a parchment-lined 9×13 pan. Bake. 
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Step 6: Microwave caramel and milk until completely melted. 
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Willow says, “Microwaving caramels? Is this recipe for kids?” She is not impressed.

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If you could hear the sounds this makes while stirring. It’s…delightful.

Step 7: Pour melted caramel over baked layer in pan. 
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It’s a diabetic waterfall!

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It’s a diabetic swimming pool!

Step 8: Drop remaining 1 cup batter by spoonfuls over caramel.
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Appetizing!

Step 9: Cut through batter several times for marble effect. 
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This was hard and didn’t look like the picture. All the batter was sinking in the caramel pool.

Step 10: Bake 15-20 minutes longer, until set. 
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Oh no, I ruined it. It looks terrible.

Step 11: Cool in pan on wire rack.
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It stayed warm, so I let it cool overnight. It looks much better now!

Step 12: Cut into 24 bars. 
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That knife got stuck in the caramel several times. I think falling into a pool of caramel would be worse than quicksand.

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They turned out!

Link to original recipe

Start time: 9:30
End time: 9:45 (12 hours, 15 mins)
Martha’s estimated time: 1 hour, 15 mins

What did I learn?

  • Melting store-bought caramels is cheating, but was convenient.
  • Let it cool before judging.
  • Cats have high standards.

What do I need to learn? 

  • Why are there so many recipes with pecans and walnuts? Do people really like those?

These were very good and very popular. I’ll probably make them again during the holidays.

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2 responses to “Recipe 55: Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars

  1. Anni

    Thanks for sharing these, Nate. They were so good!

  2. Amanda

    I too hate walnuts! But the pecan I recently fell in love with…it’s true…I just can’t help myself. Please don’t judge, you can’t help who you love! Nice job, Nate! They look delicious!

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