Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars Recipe
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Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars Recipe

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What did I do when I couldn't decide between two of my favorite desserts? Combined them! This snickerdoodle-blondie hybrid is even better with my other favorite ingredient: caramel. —Niki Plourde, Gardner, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cans (13.4 ounces each) dulce de leche
  • 12 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 197 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 137mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with parchment paper, letting ends extend over sides by 1 inch.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Spread onto bottom of prepared pan.
  3. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle 2 tablespoons mixture over batter. Bake 25-30 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  4. Spread dulce de leche over crust. In a small saucepan, combine white baking chocolate, cream and corn syrup; cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Cool slightly. Spread over dulce de leche. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour.
  5. Lifting with parchment paper, remove from pan. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 4 dozen.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • To help your dulce de leche layer set up a bit, pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes before adding the white chocolate layer.
  • If you're a dark chocolate fan, substitute dark baking chocolate for the white.
  • Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Nestle La Lechera dulce de leche; look for it in the international foods section. If using Eagle Brand dulce de leche (caramel flavored sauce), thicken according to package directions before using.
    Originally published as Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars in Taste of Home December 2013

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    khegeman User ID: 2379383 261687
    Reviewed Feb. 22, 2017

    "Delicious. I made this for an event and everyone wanted the recipe. I did not have the problem with it setting up that others had noted. It was actually kind of hard to cut and held it's shape well while sitting out for a while being served."

    qtkady User ID: 1266058 240598
    Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

    "It was yummy, but embarrassing. I DID use the exact brand of Nestle La Lechera. I read the recipe a million times trying to figure out how it was ever going to congeal. It was in the refrigerator for 24 hours. As soon as you cut the first piece, all the dulce de leche ran everywhere. It was a mess to bite into because the milk was running all over as you tried to eat it as well. I thought maybe using one can next time? But it's still not going to set or harden, but at least there will be less running. Am I doing something wrong? How do you get it to look like the picture or to harden?"

    Ellie31773 User ID: 5796034 220247
    Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015 Edited Apr. 3, 2017

    "These bars are such a special treat. They're so rich, you only need a couple of bites."

    angieact1 User ID: 1990802 218157
    Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

    "Everyone loved these at the holiday gatherings!"

    Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 215598
    Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

    "Amazing--these were such a hit at our family Christmas dinner. All the flavors of the season and loved by everyone. Surprisingly easy to make. I, too, ended up using white chocolate (vanilla) chips rather than the white chocolate squares--much cheaper and I had it on hand. I will definitely be adding this recipe to my favorite holiday recipes file!"

    CookieBuns User ID: 8138416 214219
    Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

    "JoMP it's simular to sweetened condensed milk found in the Hispanic foods section in a can."

    doylescott User ID: 7230721 213977
    Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

    "Now this is going to be the best of then ever. I loved your rec. for snickerdoodle cookies. this will be even beter. thanks. scotty"

    heaty89 User ID: 6675815 196092
    Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

    "These were absolutely fantastic! Very rich, but so good! I did use Nestle La Lechera dulce de leche. These are good to make for a group of people because it makes quite a bit. Will make again!"

    JoMP User ID: 6860670 136877
    Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

    "what is dulce de leche?"

    sosowa User ID: 4929071 135055
    Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

    "Thanks for the recip, is there a home version of dulce de leche ?"

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