Homemade Salted Caramel

Homemade salted CaramelFor some reason I became weirdly obsessed with making a cookie with salted caramel in it.  I looked around for some recipes and most of them used store bought caramels.  Which I do love… however… Just always think homemade is tastier.

This is a recipe I’ve had for so long, I only had the directions “kind of” written down… really just the ingredients.  Its only 4 ingredients so it’s pretty simple.  And it’s tasty…

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp corn syrup
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (a can being 300 ml or just over 10 oz.)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla (if desired)
  • coarse sea salt (if desired)

Melt butter and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add syrup and milk and continue cooking until it reaches boiling – stirring constantly!  Adjust heat a little lower if necessary – if it’s too hot you’ll start stirring up brown bits from the bottom of the pan.  Once it’s boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook for 7- 10 minutes.  Stir constantly!  Caramel will turn a deep golden colour and start to pull away from the pan.  Either make sure you simmer for 10 minutes or you can test with candy thermometer or soft ball method – have a measuring cup of cold water handy and cook until the caramel forms a ball when dropped in water.   When you drop in a bit of the candy and it’s stringy… it will be a syrup… once it gets thicker and forms a soft flexible ball shape when dropped in, it’s soft ball stage.   Cooking to this will yield a soft caramel that is pliable.

Remove from heat and add vanilla if desired.  Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan (depending on how thick you want your caramel).  Sprinkle with sea salt if you want.  Place in fridge and let cool completely.  Cut into desired size pieces and either wrap in wax paper for later eating or use in some  delicious cookies!

**This ended up making about 72 pieces.  Just depends on how you cut them.  I cut them in small pieces and then rolled them into balls for the cookies. (see cookies recipes)

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