Salted Caramel Sauce

Caramel sauce might be one of Hubby’s favorite things ever. He will always choose a caramel treat over a a chocolatey treat. I’ve just recently gotten more comfortable making my own caramel sauce. It actually is so much easier than I thought it was. Having a candy thermometer is a must for making caramel at home. But that’s really all you need. If you haven’t made your own caramel sauce, do it. Trust me, it’s worth the minimal effort required.

I ended up making a triple batch of this salted caramel during the holidays. I ordered some cute jars online and gave them away as gifts to some family members. Hubby also enjoyed a bunch of this caramel sauce heated up over vanilla ice cream.

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Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted caramel sauce is easier to make than you could ever imagine. And it makes a great gift!

Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients:

1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp cold unsalted butter
1 tsp fleur de sel

Directions:

Add water to a 2-qt saucepan. Gently add the sugar to the center of the pot - it will mound, that's fine. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat.

Once boiling, uncover the pot and insert a candy thermometer. Continue cooking until the mixture registers 300 F and is just starting to develop some color, about 15 minutes.

Reduce heat under the pot to medium and cook until the syrup is amber and registers 350 F on the thermometer, about another 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, pour the cream into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. If it simmers before the syrup is ready, just take it off the heat and set aside.

Remove the caramel from the heat and add about 1/4 of the warm cream to the pot. It will bubble furiously so be careful. Once the bubbling subsides, add the remaining cream. When it stops bubbling, whisk gently to incorporate fully. Add the butter and the salt and whisk to combine.

Refrigerate up to 1 month.

Recipe from Cook's Illustrated, as seen on Erin's Food Files

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20 Responses to “Snickerdoodle Blondies”

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    oneordinaryday — December 9, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Yum. I bet your kitchen smelled amazing while these were baking!

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    nutmegnanny — December 10, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Awesome! These are sooooo something I would love. I’m also totally with you on the whole bar cookie thing. It’s so easy to just do one thing and then lounge until they done.

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    Memรณria — December 10, 2009 at 2:27 am

    So many bloggers are making cookie bars and blondies these days. I’ve tried the snickerdoodle blondies, and they are so good!!! YUM! Lovely photos!

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    Nancy @ Live love laugh — December 10, 2009 at 5:21 am

    We do love Snickerdoodles! I have never made a good blondie and have not made many bar cookes…so it is time to start! Thanks!
    ~Nancy

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    Nancy @ Live love laugh — December 10, 2009 at 5:21 am

    We do love Snickerdoodles! I have never made a good blondie and have not made many bar cookes…so it is time to start! Thanks!
    ~Nancy

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    stephchows — December 10, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    mmmm I don’t mind your bar kick one bit! yum!

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    Shauna — December 10, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Yum! What a great idea.

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    Ingrid — December 10, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I’ve made been making these for a couple of years. My family and I LOVE them. I was making them so often I pretty much had the recipe memorized! Yours look great! I hope your sister gets a chance to try them sometime.
    ~ingrid

    Btw, anything in the bar form rocks over regular cookies! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    JackieA31509 — December 10, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    I’m pretty sure I want to leave work immediately and make these!

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    themilkmanswife — December 10, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    When I saw these pop up in my google reader yesterday, I made them right away! Mostly because we were snowed in and I had everything on hand. They are so simple, but so wonderful. We loved them! Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Julia from Dozen Flours — December 11, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Glad you like my recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚ Gorgeous photos!

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    Kat — December 12, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I am going to have to try these as I love snickerdoodles and blondies!

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    Mollie — December 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Great recipe!
    I used it (don’t worry – gave you credit!), and added to it. Check out my More is More Bars (aka Sinckerdoodle Cranberry Chocolate Cheesecake Blondie Bars).

    http://eatrunread.blogspot.com/

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    Kasey — March 3, 2010 at 1:42 am

    I made these for my boss’ family (they are having a rough few weeks) and as far as I know they were a hit with the kids! Unfortunately I did not get to try one myself, but they looked delish! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Ashley — March 6, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie, so cannot wait to try this recipe!

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    Ashley — March 31, 2010 at 12:56 am

    I made these this weekend and they were so good. So moist and thick and cinnamon sugary!! I posted them on my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://ashleyscookingadventures.blogspot.com/2010/03/snickerdoodle-blondies.html

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Audrey — April 1, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I made these with a slight variation to the size and crust. My roommates and I nearly died when they were in the oven, the smell was incredible. I took a pan to class and they were devoured. I was slightly happy about this because I would have finished them myself!

    http://mysceneandherd.blogspot.com/2011/03/snickerdoodle-blondies.html

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    beantownbaker — April 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    So glad you enjoyed the recipe.

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    Tara — April 19, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Pinned this. Made it. LOVED it! Recommended it and have shared the recipe to others! Blogged about how great they are: http://spotofteadesigns.com/2014/04/pinned-recipes-tested-with-reviews/

    • beantownbaker — April 21st, 2014 @ 5:13 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them (and pinned them, and blogged about them!)

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