These Creamy Microwave Caramels couldn’t be more simple! They are so rich and buttery that no one will guess how easy they are to make.
I love making homemade candies over the holiday season. Crispy peanut butter balls, caramel turtles, and homemade toffee are favorites, and they all make great neighbor gifts!
My mom and I have started a Christmas tradition of getting together to make goodies to hand out to neighbors. Last Christmas my sister in law joined us, and it was even more fun!
We made a few family favorites, but also tried a few new recipes like these microwave caramels.
In the past we’ve made my aunt’s recipe for traditional caramels that requires a lot of stirring over the stove. We decided to try this speedier version to see how they compared.
Honestly, they are so close that I don’t know if I can ever go back to my old recipe. With just six minutes of cooking in the microwave, you have rich and buttery caramels that are simply out of this world!
Even if you’ve never made candy before, you should be able to make perfect caramels with this recipe! Cooking the mixture in the microwave takes out so much of the guesswork. Some people like to use a candy thermometer, but I prefer the ice water test. It’s easier to see the exact consistency of your caramels that way.
Just spoon a little bit of caramel into ice cold water and let it sit for a few seconds. When you pull it out, you should be able to roll it into a soft ball that holds its shape but can be molded.
How to make microwave caramels:
-The first thing you need to do is prepare your pan so it’s all ready to go when your caramel mixture is ready.
-Next up you melt your butter, then stir in the sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk.
-You cook the mixture for 6 minutes, stirring once. Yep, just once!
-Stir in the vanilla and salt and pour the mixture into your prepared pan.
-Let the caramels set, then cut into rectangles and wrap in waxed paper.
So easy, so very delicious!
Can I add nuts or other ingredients to my microwave caramels?
-Absolutely! You can stir in chopped nuts with the vanilla (pecans are our favorite), or you can sprinkle nuts on top after you pour the caramel into the pan. I prefer the sprinkling method, I think it makes for prettier caramels.
-You could also sprinkle chocolate chips or toffee bits on top of the caramel mixture after you pour it into the pan.
Be creative and see what other flavor combinations you can come up with!
What is the best way to store homemade caramels?
Wrap the individual caramels up in waxed paper and store them in an airtight container. A ziplock bag works just fine. I always store mine at room temperature, but you can store them in the refrigerator.
How long will microwave caramels last?
Homemade caramels will last for about 2-3 months at cool room temperature. If you live in a hot and humid place, you may want to store them in the refrigerator.
Love caramel? Check out these recipes:
Turtles Candy/Easy Caramel Sauce/No Bake Cornflake Cookies
Caramel Brownies/Caramel Crunch Torte/Rolo Cookies
MORE CANDY RECIPES:
EASY MICROWAVE CARAMELS
Creamy Microwave Caramels
These creamy caramels are so easy to make! They are cooked in the microwave and turn out perfect every time!
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- Butter a square 8" pan, line with parchment. Set aside.
- Melt butter in a large glass mixing bowl. Add sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk. Cook 3 minutes, stir, cook 3 more minutes.
- Spoon a bit of the caramel into a cup of ice cold water. If it can be rolled into a soft ball, it's ready.
- Stir in the vanilla and salt.
- Pour into prepared pan and let sit till completely cooled.
- Cut into rectangle or square shaped pieces and wrap in waxed paper.
Recipe inspired by I Heart Naptime
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 33mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 1g
Serving size is 2 caramels.
I can not wait to make HOMEMADE CARAMELS IN THE MICROWAVE!!! Holy moly ….. thx thx& thx ♥️♥️🥰
Can this recipe be doubled. If so do we use the same microwaving times?
I never double candy recipes, because they are more tricky than baked goods. When I need more caramels, I just make two batches to be safe. I don’t want to risk ruining a batch and having to toss it.
Can you double the recipe, and if so would the cooking time just be a little longer?
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I’ve been planning to try making caramels this year and hopefully be able to give some out for gifts!This will be so much easier and I might even get some for us too! I have a question- when you line the pan the parchment goes up the sides too, correct? Do you fold the corners to make it fit?
I didn’t fold the corners, I just squished it into the corners because I was in a hurry. But you could definitely fold them for a prettier look. I let my kids eat the corners. 🙂
Are the caramels suppose to be soft or hard after they cool? Mine ended up hard. Taste great but hard to cut. I think my microwave is pretty powerful so maybe less cook time would be better.
They should be firm, but not hard. If your microwave is really powerful, I bet that cooking them for less time would work like a charm.
kara how do you find any of the recipes for your yummies. I went on Pinterest and they show me the picture but no recipe’s now after an hour of trying to email you with no luck I finally went to your site here and saw all these candy yummies and even comments but no matter what I click on there is NO RECIPE’S. for the microwave caramels, it shows the picture then in blue where you are to click on candy recipe and up comes artesian bread –no recipe but then scroll down one space and there is the picture of the candy again BUT NO RECIPE. HELPPPP PLEEEZE. I AM OLD AND TIRED CAN YOU HELP ME?
I am so sorry you are having trouble. I’m not sure why you can’t see the recipe unless maybe you clicked on a broken pin. Here’s the direct link to the caramel recipe, hope it works for you this time! https://www.creationsbykara.com/creamy-microwave-caramels/
Love how QUICK and EASY this is!
Oh my!! These look delicious – my boys will love these!
Jocelyn @Inside BruCrew Life
You had me at 6 minutes and stir once! These would be the perfect holiday treat!!!
The perfect easy holiday gift – and they are SO delicious!
SO easy and perfect for the holidays! 🙂
I’ve made caramels before but never in the microwave. Great recipe!
I love making homemade caramels! I can’t wait to try this quicker version! Thanks!
Let me know how you like them!
I had no idea you could make caramels in the microwave! These are perfect for the holidays!
They are so much quicker this way, so they are perfect for the hectic holidays!
I love caramels and I have never tried making them in the microwave, I didn’t even know you could! I will have to give these a try! Yum!
Until I tried this recipe, I didn’t know it was an option either. They are so much easier than the traditional recipes I’ve tried!