From Our Kitchens

For culinary creativity, try this delicious recipe from a North Carolina B&B . . .

  • Caramel Crumb Bars from Kings Daughters Inn
  • These chewy bars are a hit at the King's Daughters Inn in Durham.
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
36 bars 30 minutes 30 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
Servings: bars


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9"x13" baking sheet with parchment paper; grease and flour.
  2. In a mixer, beat together 1 cup butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until fluffy.
  3. Add 2 1/4 cups flour; mix.
  4. Transfer 3/4 of the dough to a pan; press into bottom; chill.
  5. Rub remaining dough and 1/4 cup flour into large crumbles; set aside.
  6. Combine remaining butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and condensed milk in a 2 quart sauce pan. Cook, stirring over medium high heat to make caramel, 8 to 10 minutes. Pour over dough; scatter crumbles over top.
  7. Bake until golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool. Cut into bars.

Recipe notes

Caramel crumb bars make a nice dessert with whipped cream or ice cream.

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