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Fudgy Chocolate Caramel Brownies

Fudgy Chocolate Caramel Brownies

Chocolate Caramel Brownies are gooey, fudgy, and chocolate-y, with a creamy caramel layer in the center! Perfect sweet treat to satisfy your cravings!

stack of brownies

If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

Tis the season for baking! But really, when is it not the season to bake gooey, chocolate-y treats?

I have a great one for you today.

Chocolate brownies!

But not just any chocolate brownies…

HOMEMADE chocolate brownies, so fudgy, so decadent you didn’t think there could be anything better.

Until I throw in a layer of creamy, buttery caramel in the middle.

Are you drooling yet? I am!

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stack of caramel brownies

Ingredients for Caramel Brownies

  • unsalted butter
  • all purpose flour
  • chocolate chips
  • vanilla extract
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • caramels
  • heavy cream
bite missing out of brownie

how to make caramel brownies from scratch

STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper.

STEP TWO: In a large bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Pour this mixture into the chocolate & melted butter mixture. Stir to combine. Add flour and stir until just combined.

Scoop half of the brownie batter into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20 minutes.

STEP THREE: While the brownies are baking, place the caramels and cream into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, and then stir well until caramels are melted fully and combined.

STEP FOUR: Pull the brownies out of the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Pour the caramel over the brownies, and gently spread it out evenly over the pan.

Spoon the remaining batter on top of the caramel mixture, and spread evenly. Bake for 15 more minutes, remove from oven and let cool completely before cutting.

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what does an extra egg do to brownies

The extra egg makes the brownie have more if a cake like texture by adding more volume to the batter to make it lighter.

what makes a fudgy brownie

To get a fudgy brownie you need to have a higher fat to flour ratio. By having more butter and chocolate (you know, the good stuff) you get a more gooey and fudgy brownie.

what happens if you bake caramel?

While baking, the caramel gets a richer flavor. By pre-baking the bottom layer of brownie batter, the caramel layer stays in the middle and gets all gooey!

I wouldn’t recommend using caramel sauce for this recipe as it’s too thin and will soak into the brownie layer and not stay in the middle.

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How long will the brownies keep?

Keep at room temperature or refrigerate for up to 5 days. If they last that long. Microwave to reheat and make gooey again.

Can I freeze them?

Sealed in an air tight container they will last for up to 3 months. I would let the brownies come to room temperature before eating so the caramel can get soft again.

How do you know when brownies are done?

The brownies are done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean. If you like your brownies a little on the gooey side, cook them until the edges start to pull away from the edges of the pan and the middle is set and doesn’t jiggle anymore.

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Freaky Friday

What is Freaky Friday? I’m so glad you asked!

Started by my friend Michaela over at An Affair from the Heart. A group of us food bloggers are secretly assigned another blogger’s site and we make a recipe from it.

On Friday all is revealed and we get so celebrate what we each made.

I was assigned the blog Or Whatever You Do, that is written by my friend Nicole. I met Nicole at a blog conference a few years ago and fell in love instantly. She loves karaoke (and she is a fantastic singer), and the queen of the grill.

Nicole makes so many delicious recipes on the grill including delicious desserts! I didn’t know there were so many tasty things you could make on a grill.

Her apple crisp is so amazing but I am most impressed by her eggnog cheesecake. I can’t even imagine cheesecake on a grill but WOW is it good! Now when my husband says he’s in charge of the grill I tell him that includes dessert too!

I’m a sucker for desserts AND appetizers so I am always ready her grilled shrimp cocktail and her smoked deviled eggs.

Take a look at all of our 2020 Freaky Friday Holiday Cookie Exchange Recipes:

  1. An Affair from the Heart – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies
  2. Bowl Me Over – Homemade Buckeyes Recipe
  3. Devour Dinner – Holiday Brownie Cookie
  4. Fresh Cooky – Mint Fudge Brownies
  5. Hostess at Heart – Homemade Butter Cookies
  6. House of Nash Eats – Candy Coated Crispix Mix
  7. Lemoine Family Kitchen – Nutella Thumbprint Cookies
  8. Life Currents – Easy One Hour Cinnamon Rolls
  9. Life, Love & Good Food – Peppermint Brownie Drop Cookies
  10. Or Whatever You Do – Easy Thumbprint Cookie Recipe
  11. Sugar Dish Me – Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies
  12. Take Two Tapas –  Chocolate Caramel Brownies
  13. The Speckled Palate – Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge
stack of chocolate caramel brownies with text "layers of caramel"

These tasty, creamy, fudgy, chocolate brownies are super easy to make and will put a smile on your face and the face of anyone you share them with. If you want to share them that is…

Take Two Tapas Tips

  1. make sure to use unsalted butter. This way they won’t be too salty if you decide to add salted nuts or candies on top.
  2. be careful not to over mix the batter. Combine just until it comes together. Over-mixed brownies are tough and not fun.
  3. line your pan with parchment paper to make removing the brownies easier.
  4. chill the brownies before cutting to make them pretty. Also cutting with a plastic knife makes the edges cleaner.
  5. add nuts for extra crunch!

Other brownies & bars to try

Caramel Brownie Recipe

stack of brownies

Chocolate Caramel Brownies

Yield: 24 brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate melting discs, or a bar chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated Sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 11 oz Caramel Bits
  • 1/8 cup heavy cream

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare a 9x13 baking pan with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Pour this mixture into the chocolate & melted butter mixture. Stir to combine. Add flour and stir until just combined.
    3. Scoop half of the brownie batter into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20 minutes.
    4. While the brownies are baking, place the caramels and cream into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, and then stir well until caramels are melted fully and combined.
    5. Pull the brownies out of the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Pour the caramel over the brownies, and gently spread it out evenly over the pan.
    6. Spoon the remaining batter on top of the caramel mixture, and spread evenly.
    7. Bake for 15 more minutes, remove from oven and let cool completely before cutting.

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 119mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 3g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Amy Nash

Thursday 10th of December 2020

Yeah, I'm definitely drooling over here. I adore caramel brownies and these look perfect! I just might have to add some chopped pecans to mine though!

Erin

Monday 7th of December 2020

What. A. Combination! I love chocolate and caramel together, and I love, love, love that you chose this recipe from Nicole! She's so great... and so are her recipes!

Kathleen Pope

Monday 7th of December 2020

Jennifer, these look so perfectly gooey, chewy, fudgy and amazing! My favorite combo in brownies! I love making brownies and bar cookies for cookie exchanges because one pan goes a long way!! Can't wait to try them! Merry Christmas!

Sheila @ Life, Love, and Good Food

Saturday 5th of December 2020

Talk about a fudgy treat! This brownie should be on everyone's holiday cookie platter!

Angela

Saturday 5th of December 2020

Well if this isn't a perfect brownie!! I love caramel and chocolate! Printing and baking a batch with the kids this weekend! YUM!!