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Salted Caramel

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins



  • 1. In a large pot, melt together the butter and sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly with a heat proof rubber spatula until the sugar has melted and turns a golden caramel, about 5-8 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and slowly add the cream, whisking until combined. The caramel will bubble up, but just keep whisking.
    2. Return the pot to medium heat and cook the mixture, stirring until the caramel has thickened, about 5-8 minutes or until the caramel reaches a temperature 238-240 degrees F. on a candy thermometer (see notes).
    3. Remove from the heat and stir in a pinch of salt and the vanilla. Stir in the peanuts, then pour the caramel over the cooled cookie bars. Finish as directed above.


Cooking Caramel at an Elevation: if you live above see level, you will need to cook your caramel for less time. See this guide for helpful tips. I live at 9,000 feet and usually cook mine a total if 5-6 minutes after the cream has been added.