Thursday, November 5, 2009

Caramel Brownies, step-by-step


Last year, I posted about caramel brownies and I think it's time to visit them again.

These babies are really one of my favorite desserts, EVER. You need them in your life.

{And on your hips.}


Caramel Brownies

2/3 c. evaporated milk, divided
14 oz. pkg. caramels
3/4 c. butter, melted
1 pkg. German Chocolate cake mix
1 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350.



Melt caramels with 1/3 c. evaporated milk over low heat. (Unwrapping the caramels is the most tedious part of this recipe.) :)


Combine the melted butter, remaining 1/3 c. evaporated milk and cake mix.



Spread 1/2 the batter into an ungreased 13 X 9" pan. It will be a thin layer. (An offset spatula really helps with this, but you could use the back of a spoon, too.) Bake for 6 to 8 minutes.


{This is how it will look after the first layer has cooked.}


Sprinkle the top with the chocolate chips and pecans.


Spread melted caramels over the chips and nuts.


Drop remaining cake batter on top. (Do not worry...it's supposed to look like this. The batter will spread a little AND you want little rivers of lava flowing through the top.)

Bake an additional 15-20 minutes.


{See...it spread!}


{Hellooooo, brownies. Come to Mama...}


One more tip on these...don't overbake them. Better to underbake in my opinion. Gooey is good here. :)

One question for all of you...how to YOU say "caramel?" I say car-mul. Do you say car-a-mul, or care-a-mel? Curious. It's an ongoing debate in our house.

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83 comments:

  1. Oh WOW those look AMAZING!!
    and I say car-mul

    ~TidyMom

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  2. This is how I picture heaven--surrounded by my family, with something like this in my face. Awesome.

    I say car-mul. Everything else sounds kind of hoity-toity to me.

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  3. I say cara-mel :)

    HOLY YUM CREATION!

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  4. Oh my! Those look super-delicious! I vote for car-mul but I am from the hills.

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  5. We make a very similar bar. In our family they're called Best Dang Thing Ever Bars

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  6. Oh my goodness gracious. Those look awesome. I say care-a-mel. Don't know why. Any way you say it, it's gooooooood.

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  7. Mmmmmmm

    I say car-mul. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest--where did people with other pronunciations grow up?

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  8. Bridget. What have you done. Oh. My. Goodness.

    Oh, and I'm from Utah, so I say car-mul. Unless I'm saying 'salted car-a-mel'. I don't know why I say it differently then :)

    I'll be making these soon. Like maybe tomorrow. Or tonight.

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  9. Ah-HAH! So THAT'S the recipe...
    There's a lady at work who makes this, and when I asked for the recipe she described how to make it--but never gave me the actual recipe (guess she's protective of her secrets!). Thanks for sharing, Bridget! I think that's the same way she makes them. Only one way to find out, right? :)

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  10. Love the step-by-step photos! They look so dense and chewy! YUM! I say car-mul:)

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  11. These look amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. Thanks for sharing these. I'm really southern so I say care-mul.

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  13. OK, these look fab! Caramel is my favorite and I can't wait to try this recipe. And, I say care-mul...real Southern and a little country. Ha!

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  14. Oh wow, those look soooo amazing! I say it the way you do: car-mul

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  15. Ok wow wow wow wow!!! My hips will totally thank you for this recipe!

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  16. I say car-mul. :)

    These brownies=definition of heaven! WOW!!!

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  17. I say Car-Mul and you are correct, I do in fact need these in my life! Yum!!!

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  18. Looks super yummy to me! Stopping by from Amanda's I am Baker site!

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  19. These brownies are the best. I had a co-worker who made them for us,and she did share the recipe.
    I'm from California and I say car- mul.
    Mimi

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  20. Is it WRONG to want to lick my computer screen??

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  21. I usually pronounce it: GIM MEEEE THAT. ha! Actually it would be car-mul for me unless I was drooling as I am right now...and then it would be mrrrrhhhmmmm....el You are quite the amazing baker!

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  22. I'm on a very strict diet, right now, Bridget :( but as soon as I reach my weight, I'll try these!!!

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  23. Car-mul. Every thing else seems too stuffy to me. And these look amazing!

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  24. Yum... I'm definitely a care-a-mel person. :) Your brownies look absolutely irresistible!

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  25. Kraft now makes caramel bits. No unwrapping! They are in the baking section around the holidays. I try to stock up. Can't wait to try these!

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  26. wow- I sort of wish I hadn't read this post!! I have to make these! I say cara-mel I've always wondered if it's a regional thing...

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  27. Oh goodness, I'll have to give these a try!

    I say care-a-mel (because, look, there is an 'a' in there after all), and I'm from Connecticut. Po-dunk Connecticut though, not the rich snobby part. :)

    Now I live in Utah though and 'car-mul' is starting to rub off on me.

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  28. Is it weird that I licked my computer screen?

    Just wonderin.

    Blessings!
    Amanda

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  29. Yeah, I'm going to need some of these! I'll have to make them without pecans, because of my daughter's allergy, but chocolate and caramel will still be awesome!

    I also say car-mul.

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  30. I have to say that I pronounce it car-a-mel, just like it's spelled. Carmel is in CA. And I'm from the East Coast, looks like the whole carmel thing is a West Coast thing.
    But your brownies look delicious. I'm in the process of developing a caramel turtle cupcake recipe, I think we're on the same wavelengh.

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  31. mi mangerei il computer da quanto deve essere buono!

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  32. Yummm-meeee!
    Those look so moist!
    Let's see..how do I say it?
    cair-ul-mul!
    How funny!
    XXOOXX

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  33. *mmmmm* I want those! :)
    I say car-a-mel - but then again, I'm from Norway. ;)

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  34. care-a-mel and I get corrected constantly by my husband ;)
    Those look great!

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  35. Wow - these look so incredible!!! I say car-mel :)

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  36. I'm having company tomorrow and i think I MUST make these for them! OMG it looks SOOOO good!

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  37. These look amazing! Caramel and choc,OH MY!!! :)

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  38. I have been making these since you posting them last year and they are AMAZING...my family loves them and I take them everywhere..thank you bridget for sharing!! Happy weekend!!

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  39. Im drooling........... YUM!!! I say Car-mul!!

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  40. Great brownies. I need to bring a dessert this Sunday football team party. This look like it may be it.
    ~ingrid

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  41. Haha it's true; if I made these they would go straight to my hips. Because I'd eat the whole pan. :-P

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  42. my dad used to make these when I was a kid. Thanks for the memories!

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  43. oh I have a bag of caramel bits in my pantry that I have been saving for the perfect caramel brownie recipe! Yay I'm going to try these this weekend. Oh and we say car-mul. Homemade car-muls are my favorite!

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  44. These things NEVER last long enough to bother with getting out a fresh knife to slice off another peice. Just leave the stack of napkins next to the pan, and the leave the knife INSIDE it ;-)

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  45. These look fantastic!

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  46. I say Caramel the the way you say it Car-mul. But if you live in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, you better say Car-mel! Because the snobby natives there will make fun of you if you don't! :)

    Happy Friday! Brownies looks ah-Mazing!

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  47. Car-mul here. These look heavenly.

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  48. I say it both ways. Same with ketchup/catsup. Maybe its because I have lived in a lot of states and pick up different ways of saying things. These brownies are SOOO good! Am making some for my daughter visiting from college this week-end.

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  49. AS YOU MAY KNOW THESE ARE MY VERY FAVORITE~THANKS FOR POSTING PICTURES :)

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  50. Hmmm... I have about 2 more hours of homework I promised myself I would finish tonight and it looks like I'm going to be making brownies instead! These look so delicious, thanks for sharing!

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  51. I can almost taste it from the pictures! I will have to do this for my kids-Thanksgiving-they are not so keen on the pumpkin pie. I gave you an award-if you come by, you'll see.
    ~Nancy

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  52. OH MY GOODNESS! Your brownies look to die for! I must make them very soon.

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  53. These brownies look great!!! You know you could remove the tedious part of removing the wrappers by making homemade caramel instead. Only requires a few ingredients!

    I say "car-a-mel" or "car-a-mul" because of the origin of the word.

    Now I want some caramel brownies! Thanks a lot haha.

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  54. Now those look evil (in a good way)! We say Car-mul.

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  55. Made these on Saturday afternoon SO delish! Took some to my parents as well on Sunday and they were the perfect accompaniment to our breakfast omlettes! LOL the rest are in the freezer tempting me but I will try to resist...very unlikely

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  56. I have to make these for my class. THey will absolutely flip over them.

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  57. Drooling...
    A great combination of two of my loves! Can't wait to try this out..

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  58. I liked the way Jenny pronounced it "GIMM MEE THAT!"
    I'm from California, transplanted to Utah and say car-mul, but I always spell it correctly... y-u-m-m-y!

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  59. Good grief, these look too good! Sticky, gooey and yummy goodness. The recipe seems so simple, I'll have to give this one a whirl.

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  60. Holy cow!!! I made these tonight (yours looked much prettier though) but they were A-MAZING!!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  61. Hi Bridgette,
    I found your blog through Amanda! I wanted to tell you that I made these brownies yesterday and they are THE.BEST.BROWNIES I have ever made! Thanks for the recipe. I will definately be back!

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  62. In case anyone is wondering, you should not substitute whipping cream for evaporated milk and swiss chocolate cake for German chocolate cake. My pan is one jiggily mess of yum, more pudding than brownie; but still divine on vanilla ice cream.

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  63. I am planning to make these for a potluck tomorrow, but I can't find Kraft caramels anywhere! I've been to four stores, and finally ended up with a bag of Rite Aid caramels and two of Werther's creamy caramels. Now I'll just have to spend some time tasting them to decide which brand to use in the brownies :-)

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  64. Making these tomorrow for my daughter's small group :-)

    Car-mul. Saying Care-a-mel just feels strange coming out of my mouth.

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  65. gosh! they look amazing! now i know how bakers achieve that oh so delicious looking top layer on their brownies! thanks for sharing!

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  66. Those look so delicious!! I say Care-a-mel. :-)

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  67. I usually pronounce as it Mmmmmm.. Lol, I say car-a-mel! And the brownies look absolutely delicious!! Would this work with dulce de leche instead?

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  68. I made these for our family Thanksgiving dessert. I just wanted to say Thank You Thank You Thank You! These were THE best brownies ever and I'm still enjoying the few that were left over.

    Oh...and I say cara-mel.

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  69. My neighbor surprised us with some Caramel Brownies after church today. When she said she got the recipe at the blog Bake at 350 it felt like she was mentioning a long lost friend of mine. "She's on my blog roll!" I said, "Oh, and thanks for the brownies!" They are delicious!

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  70. I just tried these out this week when hubs & I were looking for a different treat than our usual. I improvised and used what I had in the house - brownie mix and 1/2 bag of caramel chips. They turned out DIVINE. Thanks for the tasty recipe!

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  71. Just wanted to let you know I made these this week - with the addition of sea salt sprinkled over the caramel- and sent them to work with hubby. Today I was told they tasted like "little drops of heavenly chocolate that danced on your tongue!" Thanks for the fantastic recipe!

    @NavyLady6894

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  72. These look absolutely amazing.

    Also, I say care-a-mel. I'm from Pennsylvania, but I've lived all over, so I'm not sure which dialect I picked that up from. LOL

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  73. I just recently discovered your website and it is awesome! I wanted to say thank you for the great caramel brownie recipe. We have already made it twice at our house (in 2 weeks!) and we are in LOVE with it!! Not the best thing for my diet, but my tastebuds were screaming in delight!

    I hope to attempt my first ever decorated cookies soon..... sure hope they come out close to as pretty as yours!

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  74. Hey, i just made these. And as I was unwrapping fifty caramels I remembered that they made "caramel balls" they are on the baking isle. They are just loose and I am sure would be much easier to use. thanks for the YUMMY recipe.

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  75. I made these yesterday for a game night at my house. Holy cow! Thank you so much for the recipe! Everyone absolutely loved them!

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  76. These are really amazing! I love it so much. The combination of the chocolate and the caramel is perfect.

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  77. Looks irresistible! One question: when you live somewhere where cake mix is unheard of, can you replace the whole batter with your very own German chocolate cupcakes batter?

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  78. This is amazing i love the way the caramel melts.it's so hmmmm!

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  79. Oh, God! All I can say is YUM! Children who have sweet tooth will love this brownie and it would really satisfy their craving with sweets. Just make sure that they brush their teeth afterwards.

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  80. ooh, those look lovely! Great job and awesome pictures!!
    Im from Oz, so i say ca-ra-mel ;)

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