Forget Figgy Pudding: Here's 9 Salted Caramel Treats to Make This Holiday
Whether coated in a chocolate shell, drizzled on fluffy pancakes, or savored over vanilla ice cream, salted caramel is the gift that keeps on giving.
RECIPE: Warm Salted Caramel Banana Pudding
This buttery, savory and sugary treat, originally enjoyed as an indulgent handmade candy in France, has undergone a culinary transformation of sorts. Today, it can be found in everything from popcorn to coffee, satisfying salty and sweet tastebuds everywhere.
But whether you enjoy whipping up homemade salted caramel sauce or prefer snacking on the classic candy, there’s honestly no wrong way to enjoy this luscious dessert.
RECIPE: Low-Cal and Gluten-Free Salted Caramel Brownies
Since we can’t get enough of salted caramel, here are nine of our favorite recipes that will leave you begging for more:
Salted Caramel Brownies
Brownies are already perfect as is, thanks to being inherently moist and fudgy. However, if you want to take your baking skills to a completely new level, consider making brownies oozing with salted caramel. Alyssa of The Recipe Critic did exactly that with her simple and sensational salted caramel brownies, which are incredibly rich and downright amazing.
Salted Caramel Cheesecake
Speaking of perfect desserts, a creamy and velvety smooth cheesecake is another mouthwatering masterpiece for those with a sweet tooth (or three). Fortunately for us, it's actually possible to improve on a cheesecake with a generous serving of salted caramel. Kacey from The Cookie Writer came up with the idea for a salted caramel cheesecake that’s nearly fool-proof and ginormous.
Salted Caramel Turtle Thumbprint Cookies
Anyone who adores dessert is familiar with turtles, or crunchy pecan clusters coated with caramel and chocolate. But another delicious way to enjoy these sweets is by transforming them into cookies with the help of salted caramel. Jaclyn from Cooking Classy came up with these yummy salted caramel turtle thumbprint cookies, which are as Instagram-worthy as desserts get.
Salted Caramel-Glazed Pumpkin Donuts
PSLs? Those are so yesterday. The fall season may be over, but pumpkin is still very much on our minds — and now they've taken the form of hefty donuts. Katerina of Diethood is heating things up with her salted caramel-glazed pumpkin donuts, which she describes as "wildly delicious." Try them with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, or simply enjoy morsel of salted caramel goodness on its own.
Salted Caramel Pot de Crème
When it comes to desserts, it’s safe to say the French know a thing or two. After all, they did bring us salted caramel, but let's not forget about the comforting pot de crème — a sweet treat similar to a pudding, but richer, heartier and more decadent. Sue of The View from Great Island caught our eye with her salted caramel pot de crème, but good luck to limiting yourself to just one jar.
Boozy Salted Caramel French Toast
Who doesn’t’ love waking up to warm and fluffy French toast on a Saturday morning? And now, thanks to Lindsay and Taylor from Love and Olive Oil, this classic recipe just got a major upgrade. For one of the greatest breakfast and brunch staples you’ll ever stuff your face with, try their boozy salted caramel French toast, featuring homemade caramel sauce and whiskey-infused, salted caramel-flavored cream. (Excuse us while we pick up our jaws from the floor.)
Salted Caramel Pecan Pie
Anyone can bake a traditional pecan pie, but Jennifer from Bake or Break is revamping an old favorite with a new beloved ingredient, and the result is her salted caramel pecan pie. “If there’s any perceived negative to this pie, it’s that it can be a bit messy and gooey,” says Jennifer. “It slices much better when it’s chilled, although I prefer eating it at room temperature. Honestly, it’s so very good that no one will really care if the slices aren’t perfect. Don’t be surprised if you catch someone scraping every little bite out of the pan.”
Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake
Feeling adventurous and have some time? You might want to consider making this exquisite gem of a dish, which Tieghan from Half Baked Harvest calls a salted caramel apple Snickers cake. Aside from its Instagram-worthy appearance, this cake boasts a tantalizing combo of freshly picked apples, chocolate, a Snickers frosting (because some of us are still reminiscing about Halloween), and of course, loads of salted caramel sauce.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
There’s nothing like cozying up underneath a sea of blankets and sipping on velvety smooth hot chocolate. But if those pre-packaged variations aren’t doing it for you, try this oh-so-heavenly salted caramel hot chocolate recipe from Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess. Super rich and thick, this hot chocolate is finished with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel and a sprinkle of sea salt — making any evening that much sweeter.