Thursday, October 10, 2013

perfect caramel brownies

Ok, let's talk about brownie language. Not love language, but brownie language (though it's perfectly understandable for the two to be confused). Some people's brownie language is cake-like, others prefer nutty, still others like brownies with frosting and some might even like theirs crunchy. My brownie language is chewy, gooey, chocolatey and caramel-y. These brownies have my brownie language written all over them.

My mom has been making these brownies for years (even before Pinterest if you can believe that, haha) and I just can't get enough of them. I know there are already a million different caramel brownie recipes out there, but this one is so good that I just have to share. I'm not even afraid to call them the perfect. caramel. brownies.

perfect caramel brownies

To start with, you only need 5 ingredients! Can't beat that! [disclaimer: If you prefer to add nuts, you will actually need 6 ingredients... remember to be true to your brownie language!]
perfect caramel brownies

Ingredients:
  • 1 box Devil's Food cake mix
  • 1 bag caramels (you can use caramel bits like I did (so easy!), or the little wrapped square caramels - be sure to unwrap!!)
  • 1 - 5oz. can evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup nuts (optional)

perfect caramel brownies

First preheat your oven to 350° F. Start by melting your caramels over the stove on low heat along with 1/3 cup of the evaporated milk, stirring occasionally. This is approximately half of the can of evaporated milk. Be sure to save the rest for the next step!
perfect caramel brownies

Once your caramel is melted, keep it on warm over the stove for a few minutes while we attend to other matters.
perfect caramel brownies

Now, mix the cake mix with the melted butter (or margarine) and the rest of the evaporated milk (~1/3 cup), stirring until moist.
perfect caramel brownies

Grease and flour a 9x13" pan (annoying, I know, but you'll be glad you did it!) and then add half of your batter mixture. It won't seem like enough and you'll have to spread it out thin with a spoon to cover the pan, but I promise it will all work out in the end!
perfect caramel brownies

Now, pop that pan in your preheated oven for 6-8 minutes. It will just start baking and begin to puff up.
perfect caramel brownies

Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the mixture. 1 cup is recommended, but I find that more is always better. Remember your brownie language!
perfect caramel brownies

Then pour the melted caramel over the chocolate chips. You'll probably need to carefully spread this to the edges with a spoon or a knife. Looking good... can't go wrong here!

Ok, now this is the kind-of-messy part. You need to dollop the remaining batter on top of the caramel by small spoonfuls. You can use a spoon or you can butter up your hands and make flat little patties of dough to set on top. I've done it both ways, but this time it was really too sticky to do by hand. Just make sure that none of your batter "islands" is too thick. It will spread out during baking, but you still want it spread out over the caramel as evenly as possible. Here's what my brownies looked like at this point:

perfect caramel brownies

Now, just pop it back into the oven for another 15-18 minutes, and you're golden! 

A word to the wise: These brownies are waaay better after they have cooled. I will not stop you from eating them straight out of the oven (I still do the same thing, even though I know better). But they will cut nicer and be much yummier after they have cooled and firmed up a bit.

Enjoy!! :)

perfect caramel brownies

Perfect Caramel Brownies

Ingredients:
  • 1 box Devil's Food cake mix
  • 1 bag caramels
  • 1 - 5oz. can evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup nuts (optional)
Melt caramels with 1/3 cup evaporated milk over low heat; keep warm. Mix cake mix with butter/margarine and remaining (1/3 cup) evaporated milk. Stir until moist. Spread half of mixture in greased and floured 9x13" pan. Bake at 350° F for 6-8 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with chocolate chips and half of the nuts. Spread caramel over all. Drop remaining cake batter by teaspoonfuls onto the caramel. Sprinkle with remaining nuts. Bake an additional 15-18 minutes. 

 perfect caramel brownies

2 comments:

  1. These look fantastic! I'm definitely giving this one a try.

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    1. You definitely should... they're delish!

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