Caramel is essentially cooked sugar. As the sugar is heated, it takes on that golden color and rich smell that we all know and drool over.  Usually, some kind of butter or cream is stirred into the heated sugar to give it its trademark richness and creaminess.

Thank goodness it’s so easy to make a plant-based version of caramel! There are cookies, cakes, ice cream brownies, and even pretzels to be made that are asking for a drizzle or dousing of homemade vegan caramel.

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You might need coconut oil, cashews, dates, or some other beautiful plant-based ingredient to make up your own creamy caramel concoction. Check out some really imaginative OGP recipes that showcase deep and delicious caramel.

1.  Easy 4-Ingredient Caramel Sauce

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Let’s start with a recipe for an Easy 4-Ingredient Caramel Sauce by Larice Feuerstein.  With a jar of this delicious caramel sauce made from nut butter, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and plant-based milk at hand, you are ready to drizzle it over your favorite desserts.

2.  Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

caramel stuffed chocolate chip cookies

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The caramel in this recipe for Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies by Abby Thompson isn’t really a true caramel at all.  But, don’t tell!  This is an amazing recipe for raw, refined sugar-free caramel that uses dates and maple syrup.  Stuff that date caramel into a cookie that is crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. You’ll get that signature caramel flavor without the cooking and traditional ingredients.

3.  Millionaire’s Shortbread

Vegan Millionaire’s Shortbread

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This recipe for Millionaire’s Shortbread by Holly Jade is a vegan take on a classic treat.  The caramel here is made in a more traditional way but uses coconut sugar, butter and milk instead.  The crunchy biscuit make is also made from coconut flour and oil.  Cover the sticky caramel in a generous layer of chocolate and let them set in the fridge before enjoying this million-dollar dessert.

4.  Caramel Brownie Bars

Caramel Brownie Bars

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As if brownies needed to get any richer or naughtier!  Here we have beautifully fudgy brownies that have been slathered in a thick caramel and topped off in dark chocolate. This caramel is made with vegan cream, butter, and maple syrup.  Trine Rask‘s Caramel Brownie Bars make for a most decadent dessert.

5.  Caramel Popsicle

Caramel Popsicle

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This is a super easy summer treat to make.  With Melanie Kröpfl‘s Caramel Popsicles, you don’t need any fancy ice cream-making machines.  You just need to make your own batch of caramel, this time using rice milk, then add it to more rice milk before pouring it into molds and freezing it onto a stick.  The perfect treat for a hot sunny day.

6.  Caramel Apple Skillet Cookie

Caramel Apple Skillet Cookie [Vegan]

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Caramel, cinnamon, and apples have always been the perfect combination.  Pile those things together in a cookie recipe, and you are on to a winner.  Medha Swaminathan‘s Caramel Apple Skillet Cookie is rich, warm, and the size of a skillet.  Still, you might find yourself eating the whole thing yourself. Well, it’s technically just one cookie, right?

7.  Caramel Apple Stuffed Pretzel Rolls

Vegan Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Stuffed Pretzel Rolls with salt on top

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Here’s another recipe that plays with that classic apple and caramel combo. Annie McGee‘s Caramel Apple Stuffed Pretzel Rolls are perfectly sweet and salty and have that instantly recognizable pretzel flavor.  Then, drizzle a coconut and brown sugar-based caramel sauce over the freshly baked pretzels and revel in the result.

8.  Caramel Rice Crispy Squares

Caramel Rice Crispy Squares [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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This is a really simple vegan version of a well-loved, retro sweet treat.  Using vegan marshmallows and a coconut-based caramel sauce, Natasha Condie‘s recipe for Caramel Rice Crispy Squares will satisfy any sweet craving.

9.  Caramel Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies

Caramel Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies

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These are the easiest cookies to make.  Kat Condon‘s Caramel Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies are completely no-bake, and even the caramel sauce is done in minutes in the microwave.  Share these delicious, no-bake, gluten-free cookies with friends and family.

10.  Caramel Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Caramel Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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For Karen Sheer‘s Caramel Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, first you need to make up some heavenly vanilla ice cream using real vanilla, ginger, pumpkin spice, and Himalayan salt. Then, make a homemade coconut-based, salted caramel sauce.  Give yourself a generous helping of ice cream and serve it with berries and, of course, a drizzle of that sweet and salty caramel sauce.

There are so many ways you can add a little bit of decadence and naughtiness to your already indulgent sweet treats by experimenting with vegan caramel sauces.

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