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Nutty Caramels

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Cook: 25 min. + cooling


1-1/2 pounds

A cousin passed this quick and easy recipe on to me. We make it every Christmas and include the caramels in gift baskets we share with family and friends.


  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Melted chocolate, optional


  1. Line a 9-in. square baking pan with foil; grease foil with 1 teaspoon butter.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, milk and remaining butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft–ball stage).
  3. Using a pastry brush dipped in water, wash down the sides of the pan to eliminate sugar crystals. Cook and stir until thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage).
  4. Remove from heat; stir in nuts and vanilla. Immediately pour into prepared pan (do not scrape saucepan). Let stand until firm.
  5. Using foil, lift candy out of pan; remove foil. Using a buttered knife, cut caramel into 1-in. squares. If desired, drizzle with chocolate. Let stand until set.

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