I love making holiday treats, but I’ve always been a little intimidated when it comes to candy making. I especially enjoy caramels at Christmas, but after a few failed attempts at making them, I gave up. That was, until a few years ago, when I discovered a delicious and simple recipe for microwave caramels! We just made a batch of these today and they turned out perfect, just like they do every time!
1 c. butter
2 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup light karo corn syrup
1 – 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
Generously butter a 9×13 inch pan and set aside. In a large microwave safe bowl melt butter. Add all the remaining ingredients except the vanilla and mix well. Microwave on full power for 4-5 minutes. Remove from microwave and whisk. Microwave on high for another 4-5 minutes. Whisk again. Microwave an additional 4-5 minutes. Whisk while adding the vanilla. Pour the caramel mixture into the 9×13 inch pan. Let cool for 1 – 2 hours. Using a knife, cut into bite size portions and wrap in wax paper. Keep refrigerated.
Like I said, they’ve turn out perfectly for me every time!! It always surprises me when they do, given my track record with making these tasty treats. I think the trick is to take them out of the microwave and stir thoroughly every 4-5 minutes. If I can make them, then you know this has to be a foolproof recipe! Take it from me, a candy making novice, these caramels are easy and delicious!