8 Decadent Dessert Recipes Made Better With Caramel

Ooey, gooey, buttery caramel.

There isn't much to dislike about caramel. It's gooey, buttery, soft, creamy, sweet (and sometimes salty), and goes perfectly in just about every dessert.

Salted caramel ice cream, caramel slice, brownies, cupcakes, cheesecake, milkshakes...

OK, let's stop teasing -- here are eight desserts made better with caramel.

1. Caramel apple brownies

Caramel, apple and pecan is a killer dessert combination, and these brownies show off the best of all three. With a cinnamon crumble-like base studded with fresh apple pieces and pecans, the brownies are then topped with gooey caramel and candied pecans.

2. Chocolate fudge cake with pernod caramel cream icing

A word of caution for this chocolate fudge cake: if you're on a diet, you may want to look away. Imagine a rich, gooey chocolate fudge cake, generously drizzled with Pernod-spiked caramel cream and chocolate ganache. Don't say we didn't warn you.

3. Hazelnut and salted caramel ice cream

If your idea of the perfect ice cream is a creamy caramel with lots of gooey salted caramel and hazelnuts swirled through, this recipe is for you.

4. Salted caramel apple cupcakes

Marrying caramel and apple once more, these cupcakes consist of a fluffy caramel apple base, salted caramel buttercream frosting, salted caramel drizzle and apple wafers. Yep, they are "completely unapologetic in their calorific magnificence".

5. No-bake Snickers cheesecake

What's cheesecake without a little bit (actually, a lot) of chocolate, peanuts and caramel? This Snickers cheesecake is decadent, devilishly good and doesn't require baking. And it's even vegan.

6. Salted caramel candied pecan carmelitas

If you're wondering what carmelitas are, it's a beautiful hybrid of a buttery oat cookie, crumble and a caramel-filled, nutty chocolate bar. Incredible, right? And you get to bite through all the heavenly layers.

7. Bourbon chai caramel milkshakes

Prefer your dessert in beverage form (or perhaps to drink alongside dessert)? This milkshake is all kinds of amazing -- rich bourbon chai caramel blended with ice cream and milk, and topped with toasted marshmallows.

8. No-bake caramel slice

It wouldn't be a caramel dessert feature without caramel slice, or "millionaires' shortbread". This dense, rich three-layer slice has only six ingredients and is refined sugar, dairy and grain free.

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