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Caramel Brownies Recipe

Caramel Brownies Recipe

I love to cook. My family can't possibly eat all the sweets I whip up, so my co-workers are more than happy to sample them—particularly these rich, chewy brownies that are full of gooey caramel, chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts. —Clara Bakke, Coon Rapids, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, divided
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, cocoa, oil, eggs and milk. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder; gradually add to egg mixture until well blended. Fold in chocolate chips and 1/2 cup walnuts.
  • 2. Spoon two-thirds of the batter into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat the caramels and condensed milk over low heat until caramels are melted. Pour over baked brownie layer. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts.
  • 4. Drop remaining batter by teaspoonfuls over caramel layer; carefully swirl brownie batter with a knife.
  • 5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 376 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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lgcombs User ID: 64013 248018
Reviewed May. 9, 2016

"firefly2025 - You're trying to equate fluid ounces (volume) with weight. That only works for thin liquids like water, milk, and broth. 1 cup of chocolate chips weighs approximately 6 ounces."

cruisingail User ID: 1553892 233609
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2015

"The cooking time is waaaay to long. I baked mine 35 mins and it was overdone. Too burnt on the edges, however the center was delicious! I would recommend checking them aat the 20 min mark. Remember the bottom layer was already bake 10 mins!!!"

Shirmapa User ID: 5226310 227154
Reviewed May. 30, 2015

"Used 1 can of Nestle Dolce de Leche Caramel instead of messing with caramels. It’s the same ingredients as above but milk and caramels are already combined. Pour the can into a microwave safe bowl and nuke until hot. I found this product by the sweetened condensed milks at Walmart under $3."

MarinaRo User ID: 7917922 225913
Reviewed May. 5, 2015

"Delicious!!! I baked it without caramel.

After I baked the brownies I covered them with chocolate ganache and caramel."

[email protected] User ID: 216108 220910
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"I use the quick version: german chocolate mix 12 T melted butter 1/3 cup evap milk - press half in 13x9 pan, bake. In a saucepan, melt caramel 1/3 cup evap milk and pour over brownie mix. Sprinkle choc chips, pecans and put pieces of remainder dough on top and bake again. Absolutely wonderful - rich and delicious. I cut these in small squares... about 1 - 1.5" squares. And yes they freeze very well. These also taste very good chilled, straight out of refrigerator."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 220077
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"Excellent! easy to make and tasted great!"

kbettner User ID: 8079832 52543
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2014

"I make a version of this with a chocolate cake mix (regular no pudding added), add 2/3 cup evaporated milk and one stick melted butter to the mix, bake 2/3 as indicated, melt caramels with 1/3 cup evaporated milk and layer caramel, nuts and choc chips. Drop remainder of batter over the top."

cooksuk User ID: 7314556 52542
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2014 Edited Sep. 29, 2014

"I have never seen canola oil in UK. Is there a substitute I could use instead?"

Bonito User ID: 1630276 34160
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2014

"easy to do and so delicious"

piperlee User ID: 7677038 204661
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014


proesner User ID: 102431 119102
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"The brownie part was okay. Maybe I overcooked it. My favorite brownie recipe is Ultimate Double chocolate Brownies. May try to do a caramel layer with that recipe next time."

kat034 User ID: 7321920 119044
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"FABULOUS!! My family and coworkers loved these-wouldn't change a thing : )"

Richtex User ID: 1440995 34517
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2013

"Very Good!!!"

atr8up4real User ID: 7405051 82637
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"The best ever! Thank you!"

luvcheese3 User ID: 7121885 83332
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"How did setterlove use baking squares instead of cocoa? Does anyone have any ideas? Do you think s/he chopped the chocolate and measured it? Or melted the chocolate and measured it? I'd love to make it the way s/he did! Maybe it was grated ..."

mcdevine User ID: 7285192 34158
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2013

"These brownies were specifically chosen by my boyfriend from a cookbook and he loves them! I made the mistake of bringing some to work and now I'm constantly asked for them. I have not met anyone who tries them who doesn't love them. Whenever my boyfriend asks for brownies now, I know he means these. But I do make him help, which means he gets to unwrap all those caramels!"

pinkpercolator User ID: 7294496 130518
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2013

"This recipe I plan to do without nuts. I am making it in a full sheet pan. As it is going to a meal program that feeds the poor. I am trying to make this nut free. In case there are some who can't have nuts. But am wondering if these will freeze well. I might have to make them like 4 days before they go to the meal program. I would freeze them. So they don't get nasty or something."

Susiew122 User ID: 5821544 82636
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2013

"OMG, this was wonderful. Made with pecans instead of walnuts, that is what I had. Not a crumb left on the plate, took as a dessert for a meeting. Delicious!"

terik82 User ID: 4217085 102854
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

"These were absolutely delicious. Very gooey which makes the best kind of brownie!"

mom_jam User ID: 981766 97161
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

"I didn't have walnuts, but these were excellent without them!"

NancyBahl User ID: 3932643 102762
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"Super hit at the Superbowl party, and even at work the next day!"

[email protected] User ID: 3102613 58382
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2013

"I made these two ways. I liked this using caramels and milk as the recipe calls for. I tried it using the caramel sauce without adding the milk and it simply disappears and bakes in so you can't see it. The taste is ok but it doesn't have the same "wow" factor visually. I wouldn't recommend using caramel sauce. Maybe a thicker caramel topping would be better but I'll stick with the original recipe."

chocolate898 User ID: 5452159 82635
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"I haven't made this exact recipe but one quite much like it and we make a caramel sauce for in between. It works very well and tastes great! The one we like is by Jean Pare and the recipe is called Caramel Toffee Squares. We use the caramel part of this recipe for many other things as well. (like dipping apples:)"

jollynngran User ID: 4685680 130515
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"For those who don't like unwrapping carmels, Kraft makes little carmel circles which are much easier to use and melt faster. Find with chocolate chips."

sunflowerteena User ID: 2183969 41676
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"This sounds great,was wondering if you could use caramel sauce instead, don't like the idea of unwrapping all those you think that would work?"

barsto User ID: 4995537 75507
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"Has anybody tried making these brownies using a mix instead of from "scratch"? Just curious how it would work. . . . thx."

JCRadical User ID: 3264480 58329
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"A quicker version can use a box of german chocolate cake mix, 1 stick butter/margarine, 1/3 c. evaporated milk. bake 7 minutes. Use the rest of the can of evaporated milk to mix with the carmels that are melted. bake another 25 minutes. I've been doing this for 25 years - very yummy. Curious to try this from scratch version."

madisonmiller User ID: 7070595 75505
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"I don't no what happened when I made mine. After I swirled the brownie and caramel and put it back in the oven, after about 10 minutes of being back in the oven it started bubbling over. I don't no what happened or why it did that."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 41675
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012

"These brownies are very tasty, but watch out! They are rich!! I could only eat one and had a hard time finishing it, but the boyfriend thought that was a plus. He gobbled them up."

MrsDawn User ID: 6463551 39925
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

"These brownies really are amazing - all sorts of caramel and chocolate goodness. I agree with the other reviews that they turned out heavier and taller than I expected. Still delicious, though!"

kikis User ID: 6507152 58328
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2012

"Looks like a good and easy recipe, so I cannot wait to try for my bake sale, etc.

May knock their socks off!!"

keverwann User ID: 1807985 34157
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2012

"I used toasted pecans instead of the walnuts.

Made in a 10x15 pan (as per some reviews of it being very thick) and they turned out to be the thickness shown in the picture. I cooked the first portion of batter for 10 minutes and then all of the ingredients an additional 32 minutes, but I probably could have taken it out at 30 minutes.
These were good, but I'm not sure they are worth the cost of the ingredients or the time it took to peel all those caramels..."

setterlove User ID: 5905176 39923
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"I brought these to a party where many professional chefs were in attendance and I heard that they were "the best brownies I have ever eaten" many times throughout the evening. I made them exactly the way the recipe was posted. The only thing I am not sure of was the baking cocoa, as I used semi-sweet baking squares and am not sure that is what it called for, but it is what I had on hand. I am making them for a Super Bowl party today!!"

lazyjcafe User ID: 1762141 97159
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"My daughters and I just made these and we can't wait to eat them! I know without even trying them that they will be amazing. We used a gluten free brownie mix and sprinkled red and green chopped m & m's on top, right after they came out of the oven. The girls can't wait to put some out for Santa!"

Destrena User ID: 5863097 97117
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2011

"Very good! Though as mentioned in other reviews it is much taller than shown. And I had to cook mine for longer than listed. (also rather heavy lifting in and out of the oven) But will definitely make again."

baristababe User ID: 6052912 33457
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2011

"These were incredible! I put the 1/2 cup walnuts in the batter but on top I subbed 1/2 cup pretzel pieces. It gave it more of a salted caramel flair! When I make them again I'm planning on upgrading to a 10x15 pan and reducing the bake time. As is they ended up about twice as tall as pictured. Could it be an editing mistake...? Flavor made up for presentation though. Also I would do 1/4 swirled on top instead of 1/3 :)"

omahataxidriver User ID: 5143548 75503
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011


benzgirl User ID: 4100324 82633
Reviewed May. 26, 2011

"These brownies are awesome!! They freeze well and they are great whether they are served warm or cold."

hannahjw88 User ID: 5274328 41672
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"Delicious! These brownies were very good. Mine turned out taller than the ones in the picture, they were almost like a brownie sandwich. Would be delicious served warm with ice cream. Will definitely make again."

allykenai User ID: 5170174 83331
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"This was very very good. I bought the new caramel pieces to melt. The edges got a little crunchy, but we liked it that way!"

Cindymm4 User ID: 3425910 130499
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"Very easy to make and they make a great presentation as well. They were a huge hit for the folks at work!"

pepper6 User ID: 1017789 204660
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"My 14 year-old daughter first made these for Christmas four years ago. I didn't think that they would be special enough. Boy, was I wrong! They are a hit wherever we bring them."

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