Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Caramel "Heavenly" Brownies

Caramel Brownies are probably the best invention in the brownie world.

Seriously...  I don't think there is a brownie out there that could beat this delicious piece of chocolatey, caramely, ooey gooey goodness.

A couple years ago, our family friend introduced us to these absolutely amazing brownies and I am pretty sure my whole family died and went to heaven when we first tasted them.

Although they aren't your typical chocolate fudge brownie that you may be used to, they have every single scrumptious ingredient that you could ever dream of and will change your views on brownies forever.

Chewy, buttery caramel and melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate chips are layered in between two fluffly, light German Chocolate Cake brownie layers... can you say decadence?

I know I can. :)

1 box German Chocolate Cake mix
1 1/2 stick butter, melted
1 small can sweetened condensed milk
1 bag caramel drops/mini balls (you could use wrapped caramels but I have found the balls make a much better caramely center)
1/2 bag milk chocolate chips

In a bowl, combine German chocolate cake mix, butter, and half the container of sweetened condensed milk.  It will be a very thick batter!

Spray a large baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and add half of the German chocolate cake batter.  It is a thick dough so you may have to use your hands and push it in.  (To make sure you cut batter evenly in half, press the batter down into the bowl and using your finger, draw a line down the center.  Cut down the line with your finger and there ya have it- half of the dough!)

Bake for 6-8 minutes until it is set.  (It doesn't have to be done completely because it is going back in the oven, but make sure it is set up enough to hold some delicious fillings and other half of batter!)  While it is baking melt caramels and the other half of the sweetened condensed milk in the microwave.  Microwave in 30 second increments and make sure to stir in between.  Microwave until caramel balls have turned into a rich creamy caramel sauce.

When first brownie layer is set, take out and top with chocolate chips.. and don't worry if you use the whole bag... I mean, it wouldn't hurt anybody ;)

Pour caramel sauce ALL over the top of the chocolate chips.

Gently, top the caramel with the rest of the brownie dough.  This is easiest done by flattening pieces of the batter in between your hands and placing them on top of caramel.  Think of it as a puzzle and cover the caramel as best as you can.

Put brownies back in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until done!!   Make sure brownies are completely done before taking them out of the oven.  Let them cool completely before cutting into them....

I know, it's asking a lot... but the caramely-chocolatey ooey gooey goodness center must set up and cool before indulging... so be patient and I promise it will be worth the wait :) ENJOY!

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