Snickerdoodle Caramel Bars

Three-layer Snickerdoodle Caramel Bars will have you head over heels! Soft, cinnamon blondies covered in smooth dulce de leche and topped with sweet white chocolate. You won’t believe how good these are!

Snickerdoodle Caramel Bars - Tastes of Lizzy T

Have you ever experienced love at first sight?

I’m not talking about the people variety of love-at-first-sight. I’m talking about the dessert variety of love-at-first-sight.

I’ve probably experienced this often in my life, but the one that stands out the most was about a month ago when a friend served me these Snickerdoodle Caramel Bars.

Snickerdoodle Caramel Bars - Tastes of Lizzy T

Snickerdoodle blondie base.  Thick dulce de leche caramel. White chocolate topping with a cinnamon-sugar sprinkle on top.

I had never seen bars like this in my life, but after one look, I knew I had to have the recipe.

Snickerdoodle Caramel Bars - Tastes of Lizzy T

It’s hard to describe how amazing these were, but for some reason they slightly reminded me of eating snickerdoodle cookie dough, which is one of my favorite doughs to eat. I think it was the white chocolate on top that gave it that “cookie dough” taste.  The blondies underneath are so soft and tender.

And that dulce de leche? It’s homemade.  Yes, you can buy dulce de leche in the store if you’d like, but my sweet friend that introduced me to these bars made her own using a can of sweetened condensed milk. There’s a tutorial here that you can find out all the details. It takes some time, but is much cheaper than buying a can of dulce de leche. I didn’t do a side-by-side comparison tasting the two, but I can say that the homemade dulce de leche was unbelievable.

Snickerdoodle Caramel Bars - Tastes of Lizzy T

The original recipe (which was from Taste of Home) called for 2 cans of dulce de leche. The photos here show the bars with two cans. I think if I were going to make them again, I’d try it with just one can. There was a lot of gooey caramel in there, and although I’m a fan of super-sweet, rich desserts, I think one can would have been sufficient for me. If you like the looks of that gooey caramel, use two cans. If you’d like to cut back, I think they would be just fine.

Snickerdoodle Caramel Bars - Tastes of Lizzy T

With as much baking as we do in this house, it’s not often that we make recipes multiple times, but I can assure you that these snickerdoodle caramel bars is one that will be made again soon!

 

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Snickerdoodle Caramel Bars

5 from 5 votes
Three-layer Snickerdoodle Caramel Bars will have you head over heels! Soft, cinnamon blondies covered in smooth dulce de leche and topped with sweet white chocolate. You won’t believe how good these are!
Servings 20 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 can dulce de leche 13.4 ounces
  • 12 ounces white chocolate chopped
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13x9 inch baking pan with parchment paper, letting ends extend over sides.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  • In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually beat this mixture into the creamed sugar mixture. Spread this onto bottom of prepared pan.
  • In a small bowl, mix ¼ cup sugar and 3 teaspoons cinnamon together. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons mixture over batter. Set the remainder aside to be used later.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool completely.
  • Spread the dulce de leche over crust.
  • In a double boiler, combine white baking chocolate, cream and corn syrup. Cook and stir over low heat until the chocolate is melted and it is smooth. Allow this to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Spread the white chocolate over dulce de leche. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • Cover the pan and refrigerate for at least an hour, until the chocolate is set. 
  • Lifting with parchment paper, remove from pan. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container.

Notes

The original recipe calls for 2 cans of dulce de leche, which is what the photos show. Next time we make them, I'll reduce it to 1 can as stated in this recipe. If you like more caramel, use two cans. These are rich bars, so we cut them small and get 20 bars, but you can cut them larger if you'd like. If you'd like the dulce de leche layer to be thicker and not so gooey, use Nestle La Lechera dulce de leche found in the international foods section of your grocery store. It's a thicker variety that will hold shape better.

Nutrition

Serving: 89g | Calories: 366kcal
Author Lizzy T
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 366

Recipe from Taste of Home

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Thalia @ butter and brioche
7 years ago

Oh my god I am just drooling here looking at the images – especially the image of the oozey center. Incredible!

brenda
7 years ago

5 stars
oh how nice to have something that looks so yummy and is not chocolate. ( I cannot get my caps to release sorry) cannot tolerate chocolate and nearly everything is that. I realize most really love it but an occasional non chocolate is wonderful. thank you
cannot get the five stars to take either.

Lynn | The Road to Honey
7 years ago

Cinnamon and dulce de leche. . .is there anything more heavenly?

Cate @ Chez CateyLou
7 years ago

Love at first sight with these bars for sure – they look so insanely delicious! I love how perfect the tops look in your pictures – and all that gooey dulce de leche!!

Katie @ Pick Any Two
7 years ago

Found you through the BlogHer share thread, and I’m so glad I did! My mouth is watering right now! Pinning this for sure.

Caroline @ Pass the Cocoa
7 years ago

Yum! The caramel oozing out of the bars looks so good!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
7 years ago

Have mercy …… snickerdoodles are my fave – I have to try this!!

Amanda
7 years ago

Yum, those look amazing!

Amy @ BorrowedSalt.com
7 years ago

My two favorite things in one. Genius recipe!

Erin @ The Speckled Palate
7 years ago

Welp, these look STUPID delicious! My brain is kind of breaking over them, and I feel like I must make them immediately because they look too good not to…

Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling
7 years ago

These bars are AWESOME, ladies! I love blondies and snickerdoodles and caramel and these seem like the best of all of it!!

Eva @ Eva Bakes
7 years ago

Holy moly – that dulce de leche! I want these bars right now. Pinned! 🙂

Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking
7 years ago

5 stars
after drooling over your pics..I def need something sweet! BTW your pics are Whoa…pure deliciousness!

Ann Leieboer
6 years ago

Thank you Sandra for the wonderful recipe for caramel snickerdoodles.I must be the only person in the world that doesn’t like CINNAMON .Have you any ideas as to what I could top off the slice with.?