23 Caramel Desserts That Will Satisfy Any Sweet Tooth

Caramel-Cashew Bars
Photo: Jason Donnelly

Get your sweet tooth fix with one of our caramel dessert recipes that will satisfy even the most intense sugar cravings. Prepare to achieve sticky-sweet caramel overload by way of our most popular caramel desserts. Expect classics (think caramel cake or caramel cookies) and new innovative takes such as caramel pies, candies, and cheesecake.

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Dulce de Leche Fluff Brownies

Dulce de Leche Fluff Brownies
Blaine Moats

That's right, we made fudgy brownies even more amazing by turning them into a decadent caramel dessert. Plenty of dulce de leche (sweet milk cooked down into a thick, rich caramel sauce) is swirled into fluffy marshmallow crème atop the homemade brownies.

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Caramel-Coffee Snickerdoodles

Caramel-Coffee Snickerdoodles
Blaine Moats

Caramel definitely punches up regular snickerdoodles, but how about a burst of coffee, too? We kept the classic cinnamon-sugar coating, but we stirred a few teaspoons of espresso powder into the dough and finished with a generous spoonful of the sweet sauce to make these caramel cookies extra delish.

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Caramel Coconut Cookie Bars

Caramel Coconut Cookie Bars
Carson Downing

If you stock up on boxes Samoas (aka Caramel deLites) every year, this copycat Girl Scout Cookie recipe will be a real gamechanger. The caramel cookie recipe starts with a tender, buttery crust before being topped with a caramel-coconut mixture. We also love the convenience of making these bar cookies so you don't have to try to make the regular hole-shape cookies.

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Baked Apple Dumplings with Caramel-Nut Filling

Baked Apple Dumplings with Caramel-Nut Filling
Blaine Moats

Apple pie just got a major upgrade. Peanut butter and caramel fill these individual apple desserts that are wrapped in piecrust before baking. Spoon a cinnamon-sugar sauce over each caramel-filled apple before serving for an irresistible treat.

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Caramel-Cashew Bars

Caramel-Cashew Bars
Jason Donnelly

This sticky-sweet caramel dessert tastes just like a candy bar. Purchased shortbread cookies go into the easy DIY crust. Vanilla caramels are melted down to creamy perfection to create a nutty cashew sauce that goes over a layer of marshmallows.

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Caramel-Stuffed Snickerdoodles

Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles
Blaine Moats

These snickerdoodles may look like ordinary cookies, but they're hiding a surprise burst of caramel inside. Roll each ball of dough around a vanilla caramel candy to make these sweet and easy caramel desserts.

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Caramel Meringue Pie

Caramel Meringue Pie with slice missing marble counter
Blaine Moats

Meringue pie fans will swoon over this sweet caramel dessert recipe. The piecrust is filled with a homemade dulce de leche custard before being topped with that beautiful fluffy meringue. Use our Test Kitchen's tips to prevent your pie's topping from weeping.

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Salted Caramel-Ginger Macaroons

Salted Caramel-Ginger Macaroons
Kritsada Panichgul

Impress guests with this sweet-and-salty French cookie recipe. A few drops of yellow food coloring give the caramel cookies its earthy hue

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Caramel-Toffee Cheesecake

Caramel-Toffee Cheesecake
Blaine Moats

Creamy cheesecake, rich caramel, and chocolate-covered toffee pieces form a dessert masterpiece. A gingerbread crust adds another dimension to this caramel dessert that has a satisfying crunch.

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Bittersweet Chocolate Caramel Tart

Bittersweet Chocolate Caramel Tart
Scott Little

This indulgent caramel dessert makes the perfect showstopping finish at a fancy dinner party. The homemade caramel filling's sweetness is offset by the cocoa crust and bittersweet chocolate ganache.

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Caramel Apple Pie

Caramel Apple Pie
Jason Donnelly

Add caramel to make a classic apple pie an instant favorite. If the caramel alone doesn't have you convinced, the sweet and crunchy brown sugar crumb topping will make you unable to resist a slice.

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Easy Caramel-Cracker Candy

Easy Caramel-Cracker Candy
Karla Conrad

Good luck not finishing an entire batch of this caramel candy in one sitting. The easy caramel dessert starts with graham crackers as the base. Melty caramel sauce, chocolate, and hazelnuts complete the easy sheet pan recipe.

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Caramel-Pecan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites

Caramel-Pecan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites
Blaine Moats

There's nothing bite-size about the flavor in this caramel dessert recipe. The creaminess of cheesecake doused in caramel and crunchy pecans make an irresistible, perfectly portioned pumpkin dessert.

Buy It: Wilton Mini Muffin Pan ($13, Target)

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Creamy Caramel-Pecan Rolls

Creamy Caramel-Pecan Rolls
Blaine Moats

The secret to prepping this speedy caramel dessert recipe? Purchased frozen bread dough. Put these warm and gooey caramel-pecan rolls on the table to end your day on a high note or in the morning to ensure a sweet start.

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Almond Flan with Golden Caramel

Almond Flan with Golden Caramel
Peter Krumhardt

Flan is a caramel custard dessert served in countries around the world such as Mexico, Spain, and the Philippines. It's always made with eggs, sugar, and milk, but here we've upgraded the recipe with a punch of almond flavor. Stick your pie plate in the oven for a minute to help the caramel spread with ease.

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Chocolaty Caramel Thumbprints

Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints
Marty Baldwin

With more than 85 glowing ratings from our readers, this is a caramel cookie recipe you can rely on. Use a spoon to make your mark on these irresistible thumbprint cookies. Then fill the small dip with gooey caramel and chocolate drizzle finish.

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Salted Caramel Fudge

Salted Caramel Fudge
Blaine Moats

Homemade fudge is a must during the holidays. And when you can easily make it in a slow cooker, there are no excuses not to make this as a food gift for the entire family. Simply dump in the ingredients, allow them to get nice and melty, then swirl in dulce de leche for a decadent treat.

Buy It: Crock-Pot Manual Slow Cooker ($25, Target)

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Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding with Caramel Rum Sauce

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Replacing bread with cinnamon roll slices makes this caramel bread pudding extra decadent. And the finishing touch? A warm, indulgent caramel rum sauce spooned over whipped cream.

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Caramel-Hazelnut Brownies

Caramel-Hazelnut Brownies
Blaine Moats

With a bit of hazelnut liqueur and a gooey layer of caramel, this brownie recipe will blow all other classic brownies away. Toast hazelnuts to enrich their nutty flavor before adding to this delicious caramel dessert.

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Caramel Cream Pumpkin Pie

Caramel Cream Pumpkin Pie
Constatine Poulos

For a sweeter take on pumpkin pie, look no further than this sweet caramel dessert recipe. The two distinct pumpkin and caramel layers plus a thick layer of fluffy meringue create the most beautiful pie dessert presentation for guests.

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Peach-Caramel Blondie Bars

Peach Caramel Blondie Bars
Andy Lyons

Juicy fresh peaches team up with crunchy pistachios to top a thick caramel layer. The white chocolate blondie bar base adds a distinct chewy flavor to every bite. Line your pan with foil for easy removal of the bars.

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Dark Chocolate-Orange-Walnut Caramel Apples

Dark Chocolate Orange Walnut Caramel Apples
Andy Lyons

We couldn't have a roundup of caramel desserts without a caramel apple recipe. Here we've elevated the traditional caramel apple by adding chunks of dark chocolate, sliced orange peel, and crushed walnuts.

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Cappuccino-Caramel Oat Bars

Cappuccino-Caramel Oat Bars
Scott Little

A coffee lover's dream dessert, these caramel bars are packed with robust java flavor. Enjoy them with your after-meal cup of joe for the perfect coffee and caramel combo.

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