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Recipe Redux: Caramel Brownies


We’re still trying to recover from the holidays in our household. We’ve done tons of cooking, but not a lot of blogging. So here’s a classic recipe from a few years ago with a brand new–and much improved–photo:  Caramel Brownies.  A gooey layer of buttery caramel sandwiched between two delicious layers of chocolate brownie.  These are just about as good–not to mention as easy–as it gets!

Caramel Brownies
from my friend Des

50 Kraft caramels, unwrapped
1 can evaporated milk
1 box german chocolate cake mix
3/4 cup butter, melted
2 Tablespoons flour
12 oz chocolate chips

Combine caramels and 1/3 cup evaporated milk in a small saucepan and heat over low until melted. Stir to combine. In a separate bowl, combine cake mix, butter, flour, and 1/3 cup evaporated milk. Spread half of the cake mixture into the bottom of a greased 9×13″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes. As soon as the bottom layer comes out of the oven, sprinkle with chocolate chips and spread on caramel. Top with remaining cake mixture, and bake for another 15-18 minutes. Cool completely before serving.

20 thoughts on “Recipe Redux: Caramel Brownies

  1. I think these are the brownies that one of my teachers use to make us in middle school for “good behavior” I still remember how delicious they were! I am going to make these soon!! Thanks for posting!

  2. As I read about your ‘Carmelitas’, I kept thinking about my favorite ‘Caramel Brownie’ recipe … which is the same as yours. This recipe is so good that I had a caterer trade me any recipe of hers for this ‘caramel brownie’ recipe. She then named it ‘gut-bombers’. I have even doubled the recipe, put it in a air-tight container and given it as a gift to someone that adores them! …so yes, they are wonderful!

  3. I have this same recipe from my local Junior League cookbook. They are wonderful and so much better than the box version.

  4. I make these but I add a cup of nuts with the chocolate chips then pour the caramel on. They are to die for……..

    1. Hi Francesca. If you don’t have a german chocolate cake mix, you can substitute a devil’s food cake mix and follow the directions on this recipe, or you can use a brownie mix prepared according to the package directions.

  5. I want to make these, I have a question about the cake mix? Do I follow the box directions & then add the additional ingreadienets– or skip them and just add the flour & butter? ( no eggs?)

    1. Hi! I just added the ziplist button to the bottom of the caramel brownies recipe. Thanks for the heads-up; I have to paste it into all old recipes one-at-a-time, so I sometimes forget which ones I haven’t gotten to!

  6. At my house, these are called “turtle cake”…made the same way. You want to eat the whole bunch but can hardly finish eating one ~ they are so decadent.

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