Salted Caramel Brownies
posted in: Chocolate, Cookies & Bars, Desserts        date: 05.18.11

Salted Caramel Brownies

I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but I’m going to put it out there anyway. There was once a time in my life that I didn’t like brownies. Actually, I wasn’t that fond of chocolate at all. The Easter Bunny would always bring me a white chocolate rabbit, and I turned down many slices of chocolate frosted birthday cake. Even now, I don’t really enjoy making chocolate frosting at work and always manage to inhale cocoa powder when doing so. If I had to pick a favorite dessert, it would most definitely be ice cream. Brownies have grown on me, though, and I couldn’t resist the urge to bake a batch of these soon after saving the recipe. While I haven’t always liked chocolate desserts, their appeal to me has increased steadily over the years. And now that I’ve tried these brownies, I find it difficult to imagine how it was possible that I once disliked such a delicious dessert.

These brownies are, without a doubt, one of the most decadent desserts I’ve ever made. They’re rich, gooey, fudgey, chocolaty and insanely satisfying. I’m one of the people that loves added texture in my brownies, so the pecans and chocolate chips are perfect for me. I think even those of you in the “brownies shouldn’t have mix-ins” camp will still appreciate these brownies. Because while they’ve got extra stuff in them, they’re still in your face with chocolaty goodness. On top of that, you’ve got an amazing sweet and melty caramel sauce that swirls into the brownies. If that doesn’t sell you, well, you should know I added salt to my caramel sauce. And not just any salt, some really fantastic fleur de sel. Salt+caramel+chocolate = deliciousness.

I made a few changes to the recipe. Taking Shawnda’s advice, I reduce the batter amount by half. I work at a cupcake shop and do not need more sweets than I already have. I used this caramel sauce and substituted ¾ teaspoon of fleur de sel for the ¼ teaspoon of coarse salt. I cooked the caramel to the soft ball stage, which is about 235ºF. You can certainly use caramel candies like the original recipe calls for, but I have to say I think the salted caramel really adds something special. Instead of baking the bottom layer, then adding the caramel and top layer and baking again, I baked everything at once. I found this method to be much easier, but I will warn you that it is a little difficult to tell when the brownies are done.

Salted Caramel Brownies

  • COOK TIME: 35 minutes
  • YIELD: 12-16 brownies
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup pecans

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup caramel sauce

  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions
  • 1

    Heat the oven to 350º. Place the pecans on a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until toasted, about 7 minutes. Coarsely chop and set aside. Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with foil, leaving several inches overhang on the sides. Grease the foil with butter or cooking spray and set aside.

  • 2

    Place the butter and bittersweet chocolate in a medium bowl set over a pot of simmering water, making sure the water does not touch the bowl. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth, then remove from heat. Whisk in the sugar, eggs and vanilla and continue whisking until glossy and thick, about 2 minutes. Stir in the flour and salt and mix until just blended. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly.

  • 3

    Stir half of the chopped pecans into your prepared caramel sauce (if you use store-bought, you may have to heat it up slightly before doing this). Drop the caramel pecan mixture by spoonfuls onto the brownie batter. Gently swirl with a wooden skewer or thin metal spatula. Scatter the remaining pecans and chocolate chips on top.

    Bake for about 35 minutes. Set the pan on a wire rack and allow brownies to cool completely in the pan. Grab the foil overhang to lift the brownies out of the pan. Cut into squares and serve. Extra brownies (if there are any!) can be kept in an airtight container up to a week and will stay even fresher if wrapped individually in plastic wrap.

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  • They do look insanely delicious! Beautiful plate

  • Blog is the New Black

    Gorgeous pics- these look amaznig!

  • Yummy…I love salted caramel and can only imagine how delish it makes brownies! BTW…love that ribboned plate!!

  • These look great! I love anything with carmel in them. Can’t wait to try these 🙂

  • Angie– Bigbearswife

    Yum! And I love that Plate

    • Courtney

      Thanks! It was a random find at Home Goods one day. I have a slight obsession with cake plates.

  • I just made a variation of these last week and am so glad they’re finally gone – they were dangerous! Every night I found myself microwaving one for a few seconds and then topping it with a scoop of ice cream 🙂

  • Wow these caramel brownies look amazing! Definitely have to try this one!

    • Confession… I’m with you on the not-so-mad about chocolate thing. Thought I may have been alone in those feelings 🙂 However, I do make an exception for caramel brownies. These look great!

      • Courtney

        I’m so glad I’m not alone! I think brownies with caramel can please everyone. 🙂

  • Oh lordy those look good. I don’t know that I have the will power to resist them if I made them. I will definitely try them but I’ll have to wait until I have some occasion to go to so I can leave the leftovers!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I have always loved brownies but I didn’t always love caramel… but ever since I discovered salted caramel I’ve been in love. These brownies look pretty amazing!

  • Oh my!! I want one NOW!! The pecans and chocolate chips make them even better!

  • Troy

    Congrats on the Top 9 Courtney! These look delicious.

  • Love the combo of salt and caramel!

  • Bookmarked! I can’t wait to try these. I’m a huge brownie fan and these look and sound even better than any I’ve had or made – heavenly!!!

  • oh my goodness, these look so incredible! my husband would love them 🙂

    so great to meet you at BHFood!

  • Anna

    there seem to be a few steps missing here! where do the chocolate chips come in? and the butter?

    • The butter is melted with the chocolate, and the chips get scattered on top with half the pecans.