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Quick Caramel Frosting

Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro
Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Yield Makes 2 1/2 cups
This recipe for Quick Caramel Frosting is so quick and easy that you'll never go back to store bought. 


  • 2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to Make It

  1. Place all ingredients in a heavy 3-quart saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture reaches a pudding-like thickness. Remove from heat.

  2. Quick Caramel-Pecan Frosting: Prepare Quick Caramel Frosting as directed; remove from heat, and stir in 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans.

  3. Quick Caramel-Coconut-Pecan Frosting: Prepare Quick Caramel Frosting as directed; stir in 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut and 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans.