Originally posted February 2010 (on Style Lush)
Can't think of anything to get that special someone for Valentine's Day? Want to show a friend how much they mean to you? Do you need that go-to dessert, that staple to bring with you when you have to impress a hungry crowd?
Well, then these brownies have your name written all over them.
People request these over and over and over again. These globs of oooey gooey chocolate are the ones that new mothers want when I bring over dinner. These are the ones that I have been making with my mother since I was in the 4th grade.
Now, they're in your hands. Please be gentle.
- 1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped KRAFT caramels, unwrapped (I will only use KRAFT.)
- 1/3 cup evaporated milk
- 1 (18.25 oz) package German chocolate cake mix
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/3 cup evaporated milk
- 3/4 cup to 1 cup of chopped pecans
- 1/2 bag of milk chocolate chocolate chips
Before you begin doing ANYTHING, unwrap every caramel in the bag. Do it in front of the tv, or have your four year old do it. Oh, and grease a 9x13-inch brownie pan/casserole dish. (I use olive oil cooking spray.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a heavy saucepan, combine caramels and 1/3 cup of evaporated milk. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth; set aside. (I nuke mine in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, but do what you got to do.)
In a large bowl, stir together the cake mix, melted butter, pecans and 1/3 cup of evaporated milk until dough holds together. Press half of the dough into the prepared pan, reserving the rest.
Bake for 6 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crust, pour the caramel mixture evenly over the chips. Crumble the remaining dough over the caramel layer and return to the oven.
Bake for an additional 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. (I prefer 18 minutes, but I LOVE me some gooey brownies.)
Now, I would recommend, if you have to take these anywhere -- a bake sale, a friend's house, OUT of the house -- make these the night before. They are WAY too hard to cut, box and serve same day. If you are just going to grab a spoon, start at the corner and dig your way out, then make them any time you like.
If you are REALLY bold, you can serve a small scoop of ice cream on the side, but believe me, these guys are PLENTY on their own, but the addition does look nice, no?
Now, once you have gone to heaven and back, you HAVE to come back and report your luscious findings.
Ok, people. Now get to it!
I've personally made these myself and they are as good as Elisabeth writes. You can check out the rest of Elisabeth's best food finds and recipes here.