Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars

So, um, you guys aren’t kidding around.

When you want recipes, you want them RIGHT NOW.

I don’t blame you. It was mean of me to tease you yesterday with that photo of my dessert.

I had originally planned on posting another recipe today, but I feared for my life. So, here! Have some cinnamon caramel swirl bars!

They are chewy and gooey and absolutely full of cinnamon flavor. They were almost a little apple-y tasting, but I think that’s just because I’m so used to associating cinnamon and caramel with apple pie? Everyone else who ate them thought the same thing, though. Weird, man.

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Cinnamon Swirl Bars


1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons McCormick® Roasted Saigon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 package (14 ounces) caramels, unwrapped
1/4 cup milk


Preheat oven to 350°F.
Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Mix brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well.
Reserve 1 cup of the batter. Spread remaining batter into lightly greased foil-lined 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes or until firm.
In a small sauce pan set over low-medium heat, heat the caramels and milk, stirring often, for 2 to 3 minutes or until caramels are completely melted. Cool 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Pour over baked layer in pan, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edges. Drop reserved 1 cup batter by spoonfuls over caramel layer. Cut through batter with knife several times for marble effect.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Lift from pan. Cut into bars.

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32 Responses to “Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars”

  1. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau June 27, 2012 @ 6:04 am (#

    YES! I’m so glad you posted this recipe – I’ve been drooling over the photos since you posted them :) I can’t wait to enjoy these with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!


  2. shelly (cookies and cups) June 27, 2012 @ 6:27 am (#

    These look perfect. Would it be wrong to add ice cream?


  3. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee June 27, 2012 @ 7:10 am (#

    I’m sad that I am at work and not making these RIGHT NOW!


  4. Cookbook Queen June 27, 2012 @ 7:16 am (#

    Oh my… get those suckers over here!!!


  5. sally @ sallys baking addiction June 27, 2012 @ 8:51 am (#

    OMG Karly. I knew you wouldn’t hold out on me. These bars were well worth the wait from seeing them yesterday!!! They look incredibleeeeeeeeee. cinnamon + caramel is right up there with my all time fave combo choc + pb. 😀


  6. Annie @ Annie's Noms June 27, 2012 @ 10:41 am (#

    I’m so glad you’ve posted this recipe today!! Looked yesterday and saw the pictures, they look soooooo yummy! I can’t wait to make them :)


  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks June 27, 2012 @ 11:14 am (#

    this is so me! gooey, cinnamon and sugar, and caramel! love caramel!


  8. Megan June 27, 2012 @ 11:15 am (#

    There is just THE perfect amount of caramel ooze in these bars.


  9. Cookin' Canuck June 27, 2012 @ 12:46 pm (#

    Um, I’m pretty sure the proper name for these would be “Heaven in a Bar”. Yum!


  10. what katie's baking June 27, 2012 @ 1:01 pm (#

    that photo was killin’ me yesterday!! these look HEAVENLY


  11. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 27, 2012 @ 3:11 pm (#

    These look absolutely heavenly! Yum!


  12. Kate H. June 27, 2012 @ 4:24 pm (#

    These scream fall to me. I’m obsessed with fall and am so over this Texas heat!


    • Karly replied: — June 27th, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

      @Kate H.,

      Yes! They really would be better in the Fall, but I’ll eat cinnamon-y caramel-y goodness all year. :)


  13. joanne June 27, 2012 @ 6:12 pm (#

    I’m just going to tell myself that they have apples in them to justify eating them for breakfast. K?

    SO glad you gave into the peer pressure!


    • Karly replied: — June 27th, 2012 @ 7:13 pm


      They’d make a super breakfast. 😉


  14. Laurie June 27, 2012 @ 6:23 pm (#

    what is Saigon Cinnamon? and is it spicy?


    • Becca from It's Yummilicious replied: — June 27th, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

      @Laurie, Laurie, it’s not spicy at all. It’s a warm, wonderful cinnamon that has an INCREDIBLE depth of flavor that traditional cinnamon just can’t match! Pay an extra buck and pick up a bottle. You won’t regret it :)


  15. Becca from It's Yummilicious June 27, 2012 @ 6:29 pm (#

    Thank you VERY much for your cooperation, Sweetness. I will now put down my water balloon cannon and pick up a bag of caramels and a whisk. You’re SO good to your fans to put our obsessions before your own :)


  16. Sasha @ The Procrastobaker June 28, 2012 @ 2:57 am (#

    These look absolutely heavenly, definitely defffinitellyyyy on the make darn soon list!


  17. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction June 28, 2012 @ 10:00 am (#

    These sound incredible!! All kinds of gooey caramel and cinnamon goodness!


  18. Bronya Seifert June 28, 2012 @ 12:01 pm (#

    WoW!! Thanks for posting. Runny caramel looks totally scrummy!


  19. grace June 29, 2012 @ 6:49 am (#

    i would INHALE these, karly. i’m not even gonna pretend i wouldn’t.


  20. Sarah July 2, 2012 @ 1:45 pm (#

    Oh. MY. GAWDDD. No you didn’t. These look to die for!


  21. Charmaine Stroebel July 29, 2012 @ 9:39 am (#

    Thank you!!! Made them and so easy and tastes awesome!


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