Vanilla Cinnamon Caramels

Silky and rich Vanilla Cinnamon Caramels  you can whip up in a hurry – perfect for holiday neighbor gifts! 

Vanilla Cinnamon Caramels | Creme de la Crumb

The holidays, they’re busy. We just attended Christmas party number three last night and we still aren’t through with these shindigs. But when a gathering involves a whole slew of adults decorating gingerbread houses amongst 15 grandchildren, I can’t help but  love this whole season.

Vanilla Cinnamon Caramels | Creme de la Crumb

One of the holiday traditions I always look forward to is neighbor gifts. We usually receive several from friends and I love to see what will be on our doorstep every couple of days throughout December, but what I love most is deciding what to give out. I always go with a homemade treat. Nothing says Happy Holidays like something fresh from our kitchen to yours you know? Last year I gave homemade chocolate covered cinnamon bears and three kinds of homemade cookies. This year, it’s caramels. Vanilla Cinnamon Caramels. And I’m kind of obsessed with them.

Vanilla Cinnamon Caramels | Creme de la Crumb

I love the extra season YUMM these caramels have when you add just a bit of vanilla and cinnamon to the mix. And in my opinion, vanilla and cinnamon and caramel go to gather like pb+j.

Vanilla Cinnamon Caramels | Creme de la Crumb

Vanilla Cinnamon Caramels | Creme de la Crumb

These tasty caramels are SO easy to make, you don’t even need a candy thermometer. My mother always used one and to be honest, her recipe intimidates me a little bit. But this recipe doesn’t need one – just watch for that deep golden-amber color, then stir in your vanilla and cinnamon and pour into a pan to cool. Bada-bing-bada-boom. DELICIOUS caramel ready to stuff into your face. Oh wait, I mean ready to be wrapped and delivered to your loved ones.

Yeah that’s what I meant.

Vanilla Cinnamon Caramels | Creme de la Crumb

Vanilla Cinnamon Caramels

Silky and rich vanilla cinnamon caramels  you can whip up in a hurry - perfect for holiday neighbor gifts! 

Course Dessert
Keyword caramel, cinnamon, vanilla
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 30
Author Tiffany


  • 1 1/2 sticks butter (12 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon


  1. In a medium sauce pan melt 1 1/2 sticks of butter with 1/2 cup sugar. Add corn syrup and condensed milk. (Continue to stir throughout the entire process) Bring to a rapid boil over medium-high heat, and then decrease to medium heat (should still be bubbling) 6-8 minutes or until mixture achieves deep golden color, stirring constantly. (I recommend a whisk! - see note) Once golden color is reached, remove from heat and stir in cinnamon and vanilla.

  2. Pour into a greased, foil-lined 8x8 inch pan and allow to cool. (You can place it in the fridge to speed up the cooling process or allow to cool at room temperature.) Cut into squares and wrap in wax paper. Store at room temperature up to 2 weeks.

Recipe Notes

If your caramel starts to separate (the butter pools on top of the caramel in the pan), remove from heat and whisk whisk whisk like crazy til it comes back together. Then return to heat and continue to whisk until golden color is achieved.

Prep time does not include cooling time.

This recipe has been sponsored by my friends at McCormick – thanks for letting me work with the brands I love! 

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Wow these look amazing, I love the addition of cinnamon! I hope you have a wonderful holiday! 🙂

HI Tiffany

These look caramelicious yummy!! Just wanted to know what you meant by wrapping in wax paper…individually cos they stick or wrapping the whole bunch. thanks

It looks so tasty! I will try VANILLA CINNAMON CARAMELS for my kids next weekend. I found this recipe on Pinterest.Thanks

I made these today and they were absolutely delicious! i had only half the amount of sweetened condensed milk the recipe called for, but they still turned out just fine! Thanks so much for the delicious recipie!

This looks amazing, thanks for sharing this, my kids gonna love them !

We loved how simple and quick these gorgeous caramels were to make. We’ll make more as part of our Christmas boxes!

This is really interesting!

The pictures are amazing, these caramels look simply astonishing!

Thanks for sharing!