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Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars Recipe

Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.
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.

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 197 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 137 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Reviews for Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars

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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?"

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"Such a special treat. They're so rich, you only need a couple of bites."

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"Everyone loved these at the holiday gatherings!"

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!"

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

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

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"

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!"

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"what is dulce de leche?"

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

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

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2014

"Amazing. My coworkers couldn't get enough of them. Had no issues with carmel setting at all. I didn't actually measure the cinnamon and sugar, I have a premixed container of cinnamon and sugar so I just sprinkled what looked good on it, much easier. I also used just regular white baking chips that come in the bag. Much easier to melt than the bars of baking chocolate.

Yes, they are sweet but just looking at the ingredients you could kind of expect that, so no surprise there."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2014

"I was very disappointed with these bars. I don't know if I used the wrong kind of dulce le leche or what but that layer never did congeal and the bars ended up being a runny mess. The overall taste was good but for whatever reason the dulce le leche layer never did congeal even when refrigerated for at least a day. I read and reread the recipe to see if I had done something incorrectly.

Update: in reading other reviews it appears that a specific brand of dulce le leche (mine was neither Nestle or Eagle brand) is necessary. It would be helpful if that info was included in the recipe. The ingredients were not inexpensive and it would have helped to know a specific brand was necessary to the success of the recipe."

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"Made these for our Daytona 500 raceday which turned into a rainday, but everyone thought the bars were wonderful!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"Delicious! Next time I make them I will bake the crust the minimum time so it is a little softer. They are better the day after making them when the flavors and textures soften slightly. Cut into SMALL bars they are sweet."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"I made these for a carry in at work and everyone agreed that they were just "okay".

I read the reviews about the bars being too sweet, so I used one and half cans of Nestle Lechera dulce instead of two.
I thought the bars were very good before being refrigerated. After cooling, the shortbread layer was very moist and chewy (cookie-like), which worked great with the caramel! After being refrigerated overnight though, they became kind of dry and just wasn't as flavorful. Several co-workers thought the cinnamon was a tad too much.
If I do make these bars again, I'll cut down on the cinnamon/sugar mixture and make only a half-batch so, I won't have to refridgerate them."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"This recipe is awesome! I used the Nestle dulce de leche and mine turned out just like the picture. It does take some time to make these, but worth it."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"I made these using Eagle Brand dulce de leche and the squares were a flop. They were really runny. I see below that sstetzel suggests to thicken according to package direction but on the cans I uses there is nothing stating how to thinken it. Thet taste really good but not presentable for company that's for sure. Id love to make these again but we don't have Nestle Brand dulce de leche here. Thanks"

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"If I were to make them again, I'd definitely use just one can of leche. These are unbelievably sweet."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013

"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.

Hope this helps!"

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2013

"Easy and tasty. I'm a big fan of caramel and felt the cinnamon overpowered the dulce de leche. I just greased the pan instead of using parchment and they removed perfectly.

It's a day later and I have to give another star since my son liked these VERY much. I like them better now also after heating them a bit in the microwave before eating."

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2013

"These bars are amazing!! They are rich, but not too rich and the base is a nice soft cookie. I took these to work last week and everyone made a comment on how good they were. They were actually pretty easy too, even with the three layers. You could probably use 1 can of leche if you want that layer thinner."

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