Friday, March 21, 2008

Chocolate Chip Caramel Brownies

I can't even begin to tell you how amazingly decadent these brownies are! My niece, Kelli, made a "blondie" batch of them and brought them to a Super Bowl party. No one could come to an agreement about who would get the last 3 brownies, so they added them to the football pool. How funny is that? You know they're good when people start to gamble over them!!!! what a riot.
Oh and a few notes...As I said, Kelli made a blondie version of them with vanilla cake mix and white chocolate chips, so the recipe is pretty versatile. I usually use a dark chocolate fudge cake mix, but any cake mix will do. My friend, Dan, (who is one of my favorite people on the planet) called me from the grocery store in a panic. "They don't have dark chocolate fudge cake! What do I do??". Just use any chocolate cake mix! It'll all turn out fine! Thanx Dan!

1 bag Kraft caramels, about 50 unwrapped
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 box dark fudge chocolate cake mix
3/4 cup butter, melted
6 oz. semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place unwrapped caramels and 1/3 cup evaporated milk in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave until caramels are melted. Whisk until smooth. Set aside.

Combine cake mix, butter and remaining 1/3 cup milk. Press half of dough into 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. In the meantime, add chips to other half of dough and place in the fridge. Remove pan from oven and pour melted caramel over first layer. Remove bowl from fridge and crumble 2nd half of dough over caramel. Bake for 15 more minutes. When you remove the pan from the oven it will be soft and gooey. Chill completely before cutting into squares.

I like to remove the whole batch from the pan in one piece. Then I can cut it more easily on a cutting board using a large knife. This saves your baking pan from being scratched and it also gives you a nice clean cut allowing you to see all three layers. Better make two batches because they go quickly!!!


Dan Calhoun said...

I first had these freshly baked by Joey himself. I couldn't stop eating them! I have since made these several times and they are always a hit! What's crazy about these brownies is that they are not expensive to make at all, they are easy to make, and they are among the best brownies you will ever have! Thank you, Joey! (btw- this is the Dan that called Joey in a panic from the supermarket!)

Anonymous said...

Hey it's Dan again (yes the same Dan who calls in a panic each time he goes to the market)! Once again this weekend I called Joey in a panic from the supermarket. I went to 4 supermarkets to try and find caramels and none of the had it, then I tried Walgreens and they didn't have them. I finally asked the girl at the last store who told me that they weren't in season (I guess caramels don't reach perfection until the first winter frost!). So I called Joey in a panic and he suggested using Milky Way bars instead. I also decided to try and substitute caramels with Reese's Peanut Butter chips (using the same technique I would with the caramel with the evaporated milk... or was it condensed?). Anyway the Milky Way ones turned out okay, not really that great, but not bad. The Reese's ones turned out amazing! They were the hit of the party! They tasted like a fudge peanut butter cup. Amazing, you have to try it!

I did learn that I need to be careful when bringing brownies to a party because everyone thought they were brownies of a "different" nature!

Thanks again, Joey!

Jen P said...

The recipe doesn't specify if you are supposed to use prepared cake mix or just the box of cake mix itself? Thanks!

Joey said...

Just use the cake mix, as is, right out of the box! It'll become brownie batter when you combine it with the evaporated milk and melted butter. Yum!