Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars

I have a great recipe for you today that is easy to make and will give you a great new option for your holiday cookie trays.   Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars!

I was recently asked by McCormick to be a part of their Seconal Seven Flavors Holiday Program.     So many of our favorite flavors of the holiday season center around seven different flavors… nutmeg, ginger, sage, vanilla, peppermint, poultry seasoning and cinnamon.

I get to represent cinnamon, something I use all of the time (hello, cinnamon rolls!).

I have a few great recipes to share with you in the coming days using cinnamon (and a few other of the Seasonal Seven Flavors).   But for today I want to share this amazing Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars recipe.  I usually stick to a lot of chocolate and peppermint at the holidays, which is what makes this bar really shine – it is such a wonderful flavor combination that can add some really nice variety to your dessert table or cookie tray.

And being a bar cookie, it’s quick and easy to make.  You start with your base bar recipe, and bake half of the dough in your pan.  While you are baking the base for your bars, you melt and prepare your caramel.

You pull your bars out, pour on your yummy caramel and then top with the remaining dough.

Back into your oven it goes.

And out comes these amazingly delicious caramel filled bars.

We loved these.  As I said, they are a really delightful change from all of the cookies and bars with chocolate (not that I don’t love chocolate, but you know that!).   Highly recommend this recipe.   Can’t wait to share a few more recipes with you using the Seasonal Seven!

Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars

Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars

These delicious bars are easy to make and provide a great non-chocolate or peppermint cookie option for holiday dessert tables and cookie trays. Recipe courtesy of McCormick.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/4 cup milk


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Mix brown sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and pecans in large bowl until well blended. Add flour mixture; mix well. Reserve 1 cup of the batter. Spread remaining batter into lightly greased foil-lined 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes or until firm.

2. Microwave caramels and milk in microwavable bowl on HIGH 2 to 3 minutes or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after every minute. Cool 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Pour over baked layer in pan, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edges. Drop reserved 1 cup batter by spoonfuls over caramel layer. Cut through batter with knife several times for marble effect.

3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Lift from pan. Cut into bars.

Test Kitchen Tip: Line pan with foil with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Use foil handles to remove baked dessert from pan. Place on cutting board and cut into bars.


  1. Melly says

    Yummy! I love cinnamon and may just have to make those for a Christmas party! Quick question, though: what are the dimensions of your pan? I wouldn’t want to use one too small and end up with bars too thick.

  2. says

    L-L-Love this recipe! If I make it in a pan as you say.. how do I get them circular? did you carve them out when hot? Yum Yum Yummmm!


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