Brown Butter Caramels

Brown Butter Caramels

Introducing the most melt-in-your-mouth, buttery, creamy, flavorful, scrumptious caramels you’ve ever tasted! I could definitely add more adjectives, but I think you get the picture: these things are GOOD.

Brown Butter Caramels

OF COURSE I use brown butter to make these. Because anything that’s good, such as a regular old caramel, becomes AMAZING with the addition of brown butter. I seem to be into the caps lock today, probably because it’s the only way to get across the TO-DIE-FOR flavor packed into these caramels.

Brown Butter Caramels

My mom is somewhat of a caramel connoisseur, in that she buys some whenever she sees them. Perhaps more of an addict, but, you know, tomato, tomato… Hm, that saying doesn’t work too well in writing.

Brown Butter Caramels

Annnyyyways, my mom loves caramels. And she absolutely adores these caramels! She doesn’t like other kinds of sweets or desserts very much, so usually she wants me to give the things I make away (also so my dad doesn’t eat them all by himself!). But when I made these caramels and told her I was bringing some to bring to a family friend, her face said it all: those caramels stay right where they are. And so my mother has a monopoly on the current supply of caramels. Luckily, these are so quick and easy to make, I can whip up another batch whenever I want to give some as a gift.

Brown Butter Caramels

And these make the perfect, most thoughtful, and most appreciated gift! Seriously, it’ll show you went to the effort of making something, and the person will actually enjoy the gift. Edible gifts are always the best! And you can make the packaging look beautiful, too.

Brown Butter Caramels

I sprinkle the caramels with a bit of coarse sea salt once they’re cut and cooled, as I love both the look and flavor it gives them. However, if you don’t like your caramels too salty, you don’t have to do this. You’re also welcome to cut the caramels as big or small as you like. I cut mine pretty big.

Brown Butter Caramels

If you’ve never made caramels before and are scared to do it, don’t be! I promise, I was also scared the first time I made caramels and it turned out just fine. There will be no boiling over or caramel spilling. Really, these are easy. The one piece of equipment you will need is a candy thermometer so you know when the caramels are done. I also suggest reading through all of the instructions before starting to heat the ingredients, so you know what you’re doing and where you’re going from there.

Brown Butter Caramels

Here we go, the easy recipe for unbelievably scrumptious brown butter caramels!

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Brown Butter Caramels
The best you've ever tasted
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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caramels
Ingredients
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
caramels
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 pan with aluminum foil and spray the foil with nonstick spray.
  2. Melt the butter in a 3-quart saucepan stirring constantly, until the color turns slightly brown.
  3. Add the sugars, corn syrup and heavy cream to the pan.
  4. Attach the candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan.
  5. Stir and brush down the sides of the pan with a moist pastry brush so that the sugars don't crystallize.
  6. Stir until the mixture reaches 240 degrees (soft ball stage). For harder caramels, you can let the temperature get up to around 245 degrees. Don't worry if you don't think the mixture looks like it will form caramels--it will as it cools! Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  7. Pour the mixture into the lined pan.
  8. Allow the caramels to cool completely, then remove the foil from the pan and cut caramels with a very sharp knife. Make caramels as big or small as you'd like.
  9. Enjoy the deliciousness!
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23 Comment

  1. Yup, going to be making these for Christmas and giving them away as presents! Love homemade candies.

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      Homemade candies really do make the best gifts!! 😊

  2. Wow! These sound amazing!! Caramels have been something I’ve wanted to make, but haven’t tried yet. I may have to try these soon though!

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      They always seemed scary to me before I tried them, but they’re really not! Let me know if you try them! 🙂

  3. Perfect little gift idea for the holidays. Would make an awesome teacher gift!!

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      They definitely would!

  4. I can eat an entire box of these!
    Thanks for sharing your recipe!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Gloria & Emanuele (Warm Cocotte)

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      So can I!! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. What a fantastic gift for Christmas! I need to up my game as far as homemade sweets go – It’s a long time since I’ve made anything like this.

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you Corina!! They’re very simple to make and really do make the perfect gift!

  6. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says: Reply

    Aren’t caramels the best? Especially homemade caramels. Yours look smooth, buttery, and everything a caramel should be.

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      They really are the best! Thanks so much Kimberly!!

  7. Oh man! I was dreaming of those a few days ago! Must be a sign;) Gonna try your recipe for sure!

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      Must be a sign! Thanks Marie-Pierre, let me know how they turn out! 🙂

  8. What a fab recipe, I love caramel but have never tried brown butter caramel. A perfect gift for Christmas, thanks for sharing.

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you Sarah!! You should definitely try them with brown butter!

  9. I looooove caramel anything especially candies like yours. I always wanted to make candy. Maybe I will try these out! They look delicious!

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thanks April!! Let me know if you try them 😊

  10. These are adorable and look delicious too! We will be making caramels this weekend as they are such perfect little homemade Christmas gifts! I absolutely agree with you – brown butter make ANYTHING & EVERYTHING better. We add it to so many recipes! Happy Holidays!

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much Alix!! Happy holidays to you too!

  11. These sound amazing and would make excellent homemade gifts! Or stuff them in the kids’ stockings!

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you Jennifer!! That’s true, they would make great stocking stuffers 😊

  12. No need to add more adjectives. the pictures speak for themselves. can’t wait to try these.

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