Salted Caramel Brownies

by Shawnda on April 17, 2011

in Cakes, Cupcakes & Brownies,Project Pastry Queen

This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was hosted by Beth of Powdered Plum: Caramel Filled Brownies

I have purposely flipped passed this recipe for all the years that I’ve had this cookbook. The picture in the cookbook is of a stack of fudgey, gooey brownies in a drippy caramel mess. My reaction has always been the same: Man, do those look good. Man, do those look messy. [Turn the page.]

Salted Caramel Brownies

I sucked it up and made the brownies this week with a few changes:
– I made a half batch because I cannot – and should not – be trusted alone with a 13×9 pan of fudgey, gooey brownies when there are clean forks in the house.
– I didn’t use packaged caramels. I took a jar of leftover Salted Caramel Sauce and cooked the caramel (without the cream that the recipe calls for) to soft ball stage before proceeding with the recipe.
– I used walnuts instead of pecans.
– I put all of the brownie batter in a 8×8 pan, topped it with the caramel-mixture, and swirled it before topping with the remaining nuts and baking.

The brownies are fudgey, gooey, and not so much a drippy mess when the caramel is swirled into the batter! Check out the other PPQ members’ who baked brownies this week:

Pink Parsley
Fake Ginger
I Heart Yummy

And stay tuned next week when we tackle a most decidedly Southern treat: Buttermilk Pecan Pie.


{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melissa April 17, 2011 at 10:15 am

Oh little devil. These look AMAZING!!!!


2 amanda @ fake ginger April 17, 2011 at 10:39 am

Omg. Salted caramel was a fabulous idea! They look fantastic!


3 Tracey April 17, 2011 at 10:58 am

Mmmmmm, salted caramel in brownies is SO good! Those would be super dangerous to have around the house.


4 Paula (Salad in a Jar) April 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I jumped over to the salted caramel sauce. Oh my, that looks so good. Perfect for these brownies.


5 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 18, 2011 at 4:23 am

Caramel and brownies is just an unbeatable combination sometimes!


6 Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) April 18, 2011 at 7:52 am

All of you ladies are absolutely killing me with these brownies… How’s a girl suppossed to watch her weight?! Scratch that, does a girl care about watching her weight when brownies like this exist?! Nope. I’ll be making some this week to satisfy my cravings… All of that oozy caramel you’ve got is too good to pass up! And I’m in love with the walnuts in the brownies too… Great addition!


7 foodiebride April 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm

@Kim, The best advice that I’d never follow: Bake a half-batch and freeze the individual squares :)


8 Medifast Coupon April 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Love these brownies, they are officially my favorite.


9 Alexandra April 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm

These brownies look irresistible! And salted caramel is my fave!!! Thanks! Keep em coming!
I also have to tell you (cause there aren’t many) that I am Shawnda as well. Pronounced the same but spelled Xanda (portuguese nickname for Alexandra)…just thought it was kind of neat to see the name!


10 Happy When Not Hungry April 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Ummm wow! These look amazing! Love the salted caramel addition. Amazing!


11 Molly @ RDexposed April 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Thank you! I have to make birthday treats for a co-worker next week who loves chocolate. This will be perfect!!


12 Jessica April 18, 2011 at 7:03 pm

These look orgasmic. I usually hate that word, but nothing else would describe how good those look! Yum!


13 Leslie April 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm

OMG those look so lusciously, decadently good. YUM.


14 Emily @ April 19, 2011 at 8:50 am

There’s a little stand at the farmer’s market in my town that sells salted caramels and I couldn’t get enough of them last summer. Salted caramel + brownie is definitely the next step up. Yum!


15 Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow April 19, 2011 at 8:53 am

Wow do those look intensely delicious! I love salt caramel and could also not be trusted with those!


16 alyce April 19, 2011 at 8:59 am

these look incredible.


17 Amanda April 19, 2011 at 9:54 am

Annnnnndd…… My evening plans just changed. These are now on my menu!


18 Anna April 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm

oh my gosh, i am completely seduced by these. Salted. Caramel. Brownies. unbelievable. thanks for this.


19 sensiblecooking April 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Love the idea of chopping the recipe to half. And i should not be trusted with these tasty morsels either. My hand and mouth tend to work in collaboration in situation like this.


20 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm

These brownies are what dreams are made of! They look incredible, Shawnda. Great job!


21 danmy April 19, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Great idea to swirl in the caramel! I could have saved myself 20 minutes :P


22 Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls April 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

Ohhh… my poor thighs!!!!! These are DIVINE!!! Bookmarked to try!

Great blog; happy I found you!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls


23 Godess April 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

I wanna take a bite! or more! :D Caramel and chocolates are good partners for making brownies. This brownie recipe just proves it. Added with peanuts! ohhhh.. how I love it…. I’m telling mom to make me one.


24 Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) May 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm

YUM! The messier and gooey-er, the better :)


25 Cathy December 23, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Thanks so much for this post! I found the original recipe via your blog and finally made them today! It was delicious :)


26 sam June 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Love the pictures but cant see the recipe. Where is the recipe?


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