Thursday, January 29, 2009

Chocolate Caramel Brownies

Blast from the past..





















Every Christmas while I was growing up my mom's friend Carl would bake us the most decadent brownies that I would go crazy for. Gooey caramel sandwiched between rich chocolate brownie with tons of chocolate chips. He called them Ooey Gooies and there was a good reason for the nme. They were by far the best brownie I had ever had and they still are. My mom got the recipe for me and it just appeared way too much for me to handle at the time. I recently tried to find the original recipe to see if I would still be overwhelmed, but I could not find it. Anyway, when I saw the original recipe years ago I knew there had to be something out there similar which would not require as much work. I am not sure where I found this version of the recipe, but I think it may have been on Allrecipes. There are several variations of this recipe online, but the one below I have found works best. Everybody loves these brownies and I know you will.

Caramel (Turtle) Brownies
recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com

1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 pound whole pecans (I did not include these in mine as I prefer brownies without nuts)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan. Set aside.

Unwrap caramels and place in saucepan with 2 Tablespoons evaporated milk. Melt over medium to low heat, stirring constantly. In a large bowl, combine the remaining evaporated milk, dry cake mix, and melted butter. Stir until well blended. Spread half of this mixture in the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove brownies from oven. Sprinkle chocolate chips and drizzle
melted caramels over the top. Drop remaining cake mixture by teaspoonfuls over all. Return to oven for 20 minutes. Garnish with whole pecans if you'd like.

My kitchen does not have the best lighting, but this is what they looked like right out of the oven.

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