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Easy Peanut Butter Soft Caramels

EASY Peanut Butter Soft Caramels | www.somethingswanky.com

I am so about what’s easy right now. 2013 has been nothing but exhausting, and I am ready to wind down! Which is, ironic, I know, because now is about the time of year everyone starts to crank things up for the holidays!

But not in this house! No sir. This year, the Swanks will be having a quiet and restful holiday season.

…just curious? Has anyone ever actually successfully accomplished that? Or are you all just laughing at me?


EASY Peanut Butter Soft Caramels | www.somethingswanky.com

Ok, so I know having a restful and relaxing holiday season isn’t super realistic, but I’m totally serious when I say that the holiday season could very well be the slowest part of the year for us (comparatively speaking)! I’ve been a stay at home mom for 3 years, and a worker-bee before that. My days have been VERY routine for so long.

This year has been full of traveling, writing a book, moving (although… that’s a somewhat routine experience for us), and planning and hosting an online blogging conference. It has felt c-r-a-z-y. So now, the thought of just doing the normal day-to-day stuff (even during the holiday season) sounds so wonderfully calm.

I’m not even worried about gifts this year. We might just be giving everyone a big, fat HUG :)

EASY Peanut Butter Soft Caramels | www.somethingswanky.com

Anyway. Excuse my rambling.

The point I’m trying to make is this: I love easy. I need easy. These caramels are SUPER easy!

This recipe is only 3 ingredients, there is absolutely NO candy thermometer involved, and– HELLO! It’s peanut butter and caramel! What’s not to love?! Wrap them up in some cute wax paper (did you know they have cute wax paper? That’s a recent discovery for me…), and give them out for holiday gifts. No one will be disappointed!

Easy Peanut Butter Soft Caramels

Yield: approximately 12 LARGE pieces (as pictured)


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (don't use homemade or natural)
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk


  1. Line a loaf pan with foil or parchment paper, and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Gently whisk until all ingredients are incorporated and smooth.
  4. Continue to stir until mixture starts to bubble around the edges. Change heat to medium, and continue to gently stir for EIGHT MINUTES.
  5. Remove from heat immediately at EIGHT minutes. Pour caramel into the prepared loaf pan. Let cool completely (I was impatient and stuck mine in the fridge for about 30 minutes).
  6. Once cool, cut into strips or squares for wrapping.

Don’t miss a bite!

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

13 comments on “Easy Peanut Butter Soft Caramels”

  1. I could use some easy in my life too! These pb caramels look SOOO yummy and wonderfully simple :D

  2. I need these. PB + caramel. Has to be possibly even better than Pb + Choc. And I love that this does not make a ridic huge batch, like 14 dozen. I don’t quite need that many :) Pinned!

  3. You can totally do a relaxing Christmas.. just make sure everyone knows your plan and then stick to it :)

  4. This is something I absolutely need to try!!

  5. I always love recipes that aren’t too labor intensive and these caramels look amazing to boot. Definitely pinning to try later!

  6. thanks for a NON corn added ingredient recipe…like corn syrup…as my oldest is allergic to corn and all its many many names!!!

  7. If these are as easy to make as you say they are, I cannot wait to give them a try! You have to love a candy that doesn’t require a thermometer to make it!

  8. I like easy too. And if only I could give hugs for the holidays, then I wouldn’t have to start knitting now!

  9. So easy to make and yummy too! Kids will surely love this recipe. Thanks

  10. Peanut butter is always a winner! You are a mom … right … I hope you have a restful holiday season, but how about … not as crazy as the rest of the year?

  11. Peanut butter caramel? Ohhh yea.

  12. These look marvelous and what a bonus that they are easy too. Can’t wait to taste them.

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