Cinnamon-Caramel Swirl Bars Recipe

These Cinnamon-Caramel Swirl Bars have just the right amount of sweet to satisfy any sweet tooth.

December 2005

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    Throw them in the oven while you get the rest of your dinner ready, and you will have a scrumptious dessert ready after 15 minutes.
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Yield: 24 bars

This recipe is from Heart of the Home, December 2005.


  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 package (14 oz.) caramels
  • 1/4 cup milk


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a foil-lined, 13-by-9-inch baking pan.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, mix sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and pecans until well-blended.
  4. Add flour mixture; mix well. Reserve 1 cup batter for later use.
  5. Spread remaining batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until firm.
  7. Microwave caramels and milk in a microwavable bowl on high for 2 to 3 minutes, or until caramels are completely melted, stirring every minute.
  8. Pour over baked layer in pan, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edges.
  9. Drop reserved batter by spoonfuls over caramel layer.
  10. Cut through batter with knife several times to marbleize.
  11. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes longer, or until center is set.
  12. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into bars to serve. 

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