I love caramel. In any form. And these caramel clusters from my childhood are delicious. Soft and chewy with a little crunch.
And they are so easy to make. Only 4 ingredients! The hardest part is not eating the caramels as you unwrap them. I have never accomplished that, so I dare you to try.
These babies are pretty popular in our family because we are pretty much all caramel lovers. They certainly don’t last long.
I hope you find them as irresistible as we do!
NOTE: This recipe has been updated so that the cookies are less sticky, as some have noted.Print
Soft and Chewy Caramel Clusters
- Prep Time: 45 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 30-34 Cookies
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Stove
- Cuisine: American
These Caramel Clusters are easy to make with only 4 ingredients! The perfect cookie for a caramel lover!
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 14 oz bag Kraft caramels, wrappers removed (about 50 caramels)
- 5–6 cups cornflakes
- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 127
- Sugar: 9.3 g
- Sodium: 130.2 mg
- Fat: 3.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 22.1 g
- Protein: 1.8 g
- Cholesterol: 7.2 mg
Keywords: Caramel cookie
Wasn’t that easy! And soooo yummy!
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I would love to follow you for your delicious recipes
gona make these and dip some in chocolate!
Have you ever used oats instead of the cornflakes?
I haven’t. You’d probably need a good bit more oats and they’d be an even softer and chewier cookie than the cornflakes.
How long are these good for? How would you suggest to store them?
They can actually last quite a while because they’re mostly caramel and cornflakes. I’d say at least a week should deb fine when stored in an airtight container.
Thanks for this! My mother used to make these when I was a kid (a loooooong time ago) as part of our Christmas cookie assortment. I had all her recipe cards after she passed away, but then they got destroyed in a fire (I know, it should be a Lifetime movie). I am a terrible baker, so it’s nice to have some kind of “cookie” I can make!
I’m so glad you’re able to make these cookies again Colette! I hope you enjoy them!
Can you give me an idea of how many caramels this would be? I have some loose at home but no scale to measure them on. Thanks.
It should be about 50 caramels
Do you ever use a frosted flakes cereal? I’m going to make them for my husband, he is a great caramel fan.
Yes, I have! They work great too.
Just made these to go w a coffee tasting I’m doing at my work, Starbucks! So simple and so good! I used generic caramels I found at Target. Worked great!
I’m so glad you liked them Ashley! These seriously are a classic for me – LOVE them!
Simple and so good!
So glad you enjoyed them!
can I just use caramel sauce instead of the caramels
I don’t think caramel sauce would work. The caramel mixture dries to make the clusters but I don’t think it would dry if you use caramel sauce, which is more liquid like than the caramel candies.
Thank you, that helps.
Hi. What about caramels that r soft and chewy. We think those will melt better in a pan. Do you seriously need 50 caramels? I just bought 2 small bags of soft chewy caramels. Will these 2 things b ok?
I do not know which ones you just bought, but the ones that I linked to are the ones to use. I would describe them as soft and chewy. I don’t think there are any other caramels that would work. And yes, 50.
I bought werthers soft and chewy caramels. I have another question. We have a t.v. Show on DVD called threes company and Jack tripper was making caramel clusters that came out of the oven. How do you prepare it using an oven? I couldn’t find the Kraft candy u said to use . I got my soft and chewy caramels from $ tree and they didn’t have kraft. Only werthers soft and chewy. They also had the hard caramels but they were sugar free. So I stuck with the soft caramels. I only have 2 small bags of caramels to work with. Personally 50 is to many 4 me. How do you prepare these in the oven? Or do you know?
There is no need to prepare these in the oven. If you would like a version that needs to be baked, I would look for a different recipe. I do not know that the caramels you bought will turn out well. You are welcome to give it a try.
Ok. I will try the stove top version!
Do the caramels have to be Kraft? I just made a batch using generic caramels and they seem to be sticky still. Any tips?
Hmmm, I’m not sure. I’ve only ever used the Kraft ones. I wouldn’t think that should make a difference though. In general, these are kind of sticky but get less so as they sit and harden.