Chocolate Caramel Brownies

Chocolate Caramel Brownies

Makes 24 brownies

This recipe has Gluten Free notes.

Ingredients

  • For the brownies:
  • 2 boxes brownie mix (GF use GF Pantry mix) Mix to directions
  • 1½ cups pecans, coarsely chopped (optional, I didn't use any)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • For the caramel filling:
  • 14 ounces caramel candies, unwrapped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with foil and grease the foil well with butter or cooking spray. Spread about half of the brownie batter in the bottom of the prepared pan in an even layer. Bake for 18 minutes. Remove from the oven (keep the oven on!) and let the brownies cool for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, add the chopped pecans (if using) to a medium skillet over medium heat. Toast, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and light golden brown. Remove from the heat and set aside. To make the caramel filling, combine the caramels and cream in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power. Stir. Repeat the process, keeping a close eye on the mixture as it can burn very easily (make sure you use low heat in the microwave). Continue the microwave process until the caramels and cream are melted and combined. Stir in half of the pecans to the caramel mixture. Immediately spread the caramel mixture over the bottom brownie layer. Scoop the remaining brownie batter in spoonfuls over the caramel layer and spread it evenly across the caramel layer (spooning the batter in piles over the caramel will help to get an even layer of batter over the caramel). Sprinkle the chocolate chips and the remaining pecans on top of the final brownie layer. Bake for 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before slicing and serving. I found the brownies sliced easier once they had been cooled and refrigerated for an hour or two.
  3. Lift the brownies from the pan using the edges of the foil. Remove the foil and cut the brownies into individual squares. Store in an airtight container.