Brownies for my Boo
So found something out new recently… apparently, my sweet boyfriend likes brownies? ??♀️ We’ve only known each other close to a decade and this whole time I thought he didn’t like them… who knew? He’s a big fan of the gooey brownies so this year for his birthday I made him my oh so famous Salted Caramel Brownies.
True story – I’ve been out of town for Tyler’s birthday every year for the past 5 to 6 years. So this year, I made a double batch of these babies to make up for it! Do you think it’ll work? Nothing says Happy Birthday! like giving your love a little diabetes. ? If I’m being honest, the only reason I made a double batch is I wanted to take some an make some double-double chocolate brownie no-churn ice cream, and I knew Ty wouldn’t want to share his b-day brownies. #recipecomingsoon
I normally keep the bragging to a minimum, but seriously, these are one of the best recipes I have in my arsenal. This is a basic brownie recipe amped up with some salted caramel goodness. The combo makes for perfectly gooey brownies with a slightly crisp edge. In order to ensure ultimate gooeyness, I bake them in a round pan.
Ooey Gooey Salted Caramel Brownies
The base for this recipe can be evolved and changed for all occasions. Check back this winter for a peppermint mocha version in honor of my favorite winter treat!
Step 1: Make the salted caramel
I buy pre-made salted caramels from Trader Joe’s and add a little half and half to make it a creamy. You can make caramel from scratch, but these have so much going on, it’s not necessary. Also, Trader Joe’s caramels are fabulous, so why mess with a good thing?
Step 2: Melt the Chocolate – I prefer dark chocolate
You can use any kind of chocolate for this recipe. I’ve used milk and it’s delicious! However, I really love a dark chocolate brownie it has a deeper chocolate flavor, and less of a sugar rush than the milk.
Step 3: Prep the dry ingredients
Always, always prep your ingredients when cooking/baking. It makes it easier in the long run, and you’ll never forget the baking soda! Who’s done that, I know I have!
Step 4: Make it sweet
You want the granulated sugar to melt in to the chocolate, so do this step right when it comes off the double boiler.
Step 5: Time for some liquids
Wait for the mixture to cool slightly before this step, you don’t want to cook your eggs prematurely.
Step 6: Bring it all together
DO NOT OVER MIX, I stir it a maximum of 40 times. The more you mix, the more air you incorporate, and the less tender and gooey your brownies get.
Step 7: Make it extra fudgy
I like to add chocolate chips. It’s not necessary, but it does make it extra delicious.
Step 8: Ensure the gooey factor
Save a majority of your caramel for the topping. I take about 1/3 and mix it in to the top of the browie batter pre-cooking.
Step 9: Bake it, top it and enjoy!
Don’t over bake! These cook a lot after they get out of the oven. Let them cool slightly, then cover with the remaining caramel. Let it set up, then slice and enjoy!
- 8 oz. pre-made salted caramel
- 1 tablespoons half and half
- 8 tablespoons butter - cubed
- 8 oz. dark chocolate
- 2 tablespoons coffee
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 3/4 cups chocolate chips
- preheat oven to 350 degrees
- line and butter a baking dish - either 8x8 square or 8 in round
- melt caramel and half and half together until creamy and smooth - leave on low heat
- in a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter until smooth
- whisk together the flour, baking powder, slat, cinnamon, and cocoa powder
- add the sugar to the melted chocolate and butter, set aside
- mix together the eggs and coffee
- once the chocolate mixture has cooled slightly, mix in the eggs and coffee - do this a little at a time
- add the flour mixture - do not over mix!
- fold in the chocolate chips
- spoon in to the lined and buttered baking dish
- pour 1/3 of the caramel mixture over the brownie batter and swirl to incorporate
- bake for 45 minutes
- let cool slightly and top with remaining caramel
- to add a fun/decorative touch, shave some chocolate shavings on top of the caramel
- let cool, then slice and enjoy