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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.

Recipe Note

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.
  • Nutritional Facts

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

    Reviews for Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars

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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 ?"

    kahluagrl User ID: 5271407 212805
    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."

    toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 186301
    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."

    Tbeau User ID: 202033 181445
    Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

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

    MY REVIEW User ID: 1498006 180089
    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."

    kkayou User ID: 1169752 186299
    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."

    Pooh565 User ID: 6209801 118754
    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."

    Newharbour User ID: 7545050 151110
    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"

    pooflady User ID: 2516460 212804
    Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

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

    sstetzel User ID: 158954 136874
    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!"

    NancyHanks User ID: 250004 118753
    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."

    jtermont User ID: 1863534 135054
    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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