12/19/08

A mountain of lava? No it's Brownies!


A pan of half peanut butter chip brownies and half plain, when I saw this photo close up (in my files) I decided today would be a brownie post! Not something I typically make for the Christmas holidays, I know others do!

Quick and easy because you start with a dry cake mix you probably already have on hand, these caramel brownies are moist and delicious. Add or delete nuts and flavored chips as you wish.

Caramel Brownies

1 dry dark chocolate cake mix
1 c chopped nuts (optional of course)
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
1 c evaporated milk
35 caramels, unwrapped
2 c chocolate chips
optional peanut butter or white chocolate chips if you like

Preheat oven to 350. Combine the cake mix with the nuts in a large bowl. Stir in the butter and 2/3 cup of the evaporated milk. The batter will be very thick but spread half of it into an ungreased 13X9 inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes.

Heat the caramels with the remaining evaporated milk in a pan, over low heat. Stir constantly until the caramels are melted. Don't get impatient and turn up the heat or they will scorch. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the brownies and drizzle with the hot caramel mixture.

Drop the remaining batter by teaspoon fulls over the caramel mixture (add the optional chips or more nuts on top if you like) and return to the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes.
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