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Caramel Brownies with Caramel Buttercream

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These Caramel Brownies with Caramel Buttercream are a luscious combination of two classic dessert flavors, caramel, and chocolate.

Caramel Brownies with Caramel Buttercream on white dessert plates

Caramel Brownies with Caramel Buttercream

Chocolate and sugar are such an integral part of my blog.  I had just purchased some premium caramel bits and wanted to add them to a recipe. Fudgy brownies seemed like the perfect vehicle for them.

Then I thought of my children, the poor deprived kids. They’ve had to put up with unfrosted brownies for years. For ages, they preferred the frosted brownies from a box to my homemade version. Can you imagine????

It was time I gave them a special treat. And I had some homemade microwave caramel sauce (recipe to come later this month) in the fridge…wouldn’t that be terrific added to a vanilla buttercream?? OK, I was set. I started whipping up these Caramel Brownies with Caramel Buttercream.

Fudgy Caramel Brownies lined up on a dessert plate topped with piped caramel frosting

Easy Caramel Brownies Recipe

Well, this caramel brownies recipe was a resounding success. Katie helped me lick the frosting bowl clean…and when Nick, my youngest, got home from work, he dived right in…and sang their praises, too. He and I are the caramel lovers in the family.

You have the option of piping a star of frosting on individual brownies if you want to get fancy or just pile on a thick layer of this exquisite caramel laced buttercream. Trust me, these Caramel Brownies with Caramel Buttercream are terrific either way!

Caramel Brownies with Caramel Buttercream on white dessert plates

Caramel Brownies with Caramel Buttercream

A double dose of caramel in these brownies, both in the brownies and buttercream frosting!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield 16 brownies


  • 1 stick butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup premium caramel bits (or caramel squares cut into tiny pieces)
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

For buttercream:

  • 2/3 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup caramel sauce (homemade or store bought), at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of milk, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line an 9 x 9 inch baking pan with non-stick foil or regular foil sprayed with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Place butter and chocolate in microwave safe bowl and microwave gently until butter and chocolate are melted (30 seconds x 3, stirring in between sessions). Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Stir sugar into chocolate till combined. Whisk in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla. Fold in flour and salt.
  4. Mix in caramel bits and chocolate chips. Spread batter into prepared pan
  5. Bake until cake tester comes out of center with just a few moist crumbs, 35-40 min. Cool completely on rack.
  6. To make frosting, put butter into stand mixer with paddle attachment and beat till butter is pale and fluffy. Add in caramel and vanilla and mix till combined. Carefully mix in powdered sugar. If the buttercream is too dry, add a tablespoon or so of milk till you reach desired consistency (mine was fine without any milk).
  7. When brownies are cool, spread with a nice thick layer of icing (you may not need to use all the icing). Alternatively, remove brownies from pan using foil. Cut into squares and pipe on a star of icing.

Note: Chill brownies before cutting for neater brownies.

Yield: 16 brownies

Total time: 2 1/2 hours including cooling time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 510Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 261mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 1gSugar: 75gProtein: 4g


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54 comments on “Caramel Brownies with Caramel Buttercream”

  1. This is brilliant! My daughter and my two nieces would love these caramel buttercream frosted brownies!

  2. As much as I generally don’t like caramel, I’d still be tempted to give one of these a try.

  3. Sounds like a winning combination! I’m sure your kids loved them:@)

  4. It’s all about caramel I can tell! Totally delicious my friend!

  5. These sound amazing, Liz! Wishing I had a plateful right now!!

  6. Oh WOW!!
    That has to be the most amazing brownie I have seen I just love layered brownies 🙂
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. i am ready, a plate and a fork

  8. Ooooh this recipe looks like a winner to me!!!

  9. Lizzy, these are super I just know it! I mean, who doesn’t love caramel? Plonk it on a brownie and it is sheer heaven!

  10. Wow Liz, these brownies look amazing! I love layered brownies and can’t get over how good that caramel buttercream sounds – so indulgent and delicious!

  11. Amazing! What a creative and delicious recipe 😉

  12. I can’t believe you deprived your children all these years. What kind of mother are you? Hahahahaha

  13. I think that last line is my favorite. If all the frosting isn’t used then that means there’s extra to just eat with a spoon. Heavenly.

  14. Caramel is right up my alley too and a double portion like this sounds heavenly!

  15. I don’t know what I like more, the brownies or the buttercream! Good thing I don’t have to choose!

  16. You know every time I come on here I see all these goodies and my waistline grows just by looking at the screen. DELICIOUS!

  17. Oh, what a treat for your kids. That’s a whole lot of fun layers on a brownie. If I showed this to my kid, he will want me to whip these immediately.

  18. That is what I call laying it on real thick, Liz! Man, oh, man! So. Much. Caramel buttercream. Wow. (It’s not often I am speechless.)

  19. So in reality I’ll want the recipe I’m doing to win, but if it doesn’t I want this. Seriously, I’ll be at the conference and if you win I will take an entire platter of these brownies down!

  20. This recipe sounds amazing. Can’t believe your kids would prefer from a box! You can just send me brownies every time you make them and I will sing your praises.

  21. These sound fabulous!!! Pinning for sometime in the future 🙂

    We’d love to have you share them at our SUPER SUNDAY Link Party:

    Not Your Average Super Moms!

  22. Yes please to caramel + caramel!

  23. These look sensational! Can’t wait to try them, but just one quick question for all us Brits – what on earth are premium caramel bits?! Are they like hard toffee?

  24. Looks like I’ve got stiff competition =) But I win either way because I am a happy recipient of this scrimp-delicious recipe!

    P.s. Glad your kids are no longer deprived, Liz =)

  25. Meant to write scrump-delicious.

  26. Liz,
    I can’t wait to make these wonderful sins! WOWWwwww. X

  27. With all these brownies under your belt you still keep out-brownying yourself lol. These sounds awesome with caramel.

  28. Liz,
    Those brownies look divine. Yup chocolate and sugar are a great pair.

  29. I love brownies and you always come up with some of the best versions I’ve seen. I love the icing on these. I think I would end up eating it with a spoon though – it would never make it as a topping.

  30. Drooool…caramel and chocolate are always amazing together (I just inhaled a few caramel stuffed chocolates today. I can see my waistline expanding before my eyes). These brownies look fabulous, Liz. You’re the best mom ever for coming up with that luscious icing to satisfy the kids!

  31. i think this would be taste lovely…….
    eversince i’ve got a weight issue, i prefer low calories whipped cream instead of butter cream for my cake Liz

  32. Oh yum! These looks wonderful and the dishes are fabulous too!

  33. Classic combo Liz kicked up a notch! Love the colors too!

  34. Lizzy,
    You’ve done it again. I could eat a dozen right now. These look wonderful.
    I hope you win the Dixie Crystals contest. I’m excited for you.

  35. Caramel in fudgy brownies sound absolutely scrummy!! xx

  36. Nah, not one bit am I feeling sorry for your kids. Your kids would have eaten more brownies than any others I know. And I do love caramel and chocolate. I just don’t think we can buy caramel bits down here. Love your styling of these brownies xx

  37. Oh my goodness, that looks AMAZING Liz! Give me a big glass of milk and I’m a happy camper. Delicious!

  38. Chocolate brownie with caramel frosting…that’s a match made in heaven!

  39. Liz, You have to stop doing this to me! Every time I look at my Bloglovin feed you’ve got something there to entice me – lol! Caramel buttercream – oh my Lord!

  40. I so love caramel — even more if it comes in brownies. This dessert looks absolutely fantastic, Liz!!! Have a great summer day!

  41. I love caramel but my husband doesn’t so I rarely make it. I can look at your photos and dream. 🙂

  42. Yum! Love caramel and the caramel butter cream looks lovely!!! Think we will spread the buttercream like in the first photo when we make these beauties!!

  43. These brownies look amazing! I love the caramel twist to it but I think I’m really in love with that caramel buttercream. 🙂

  44. I am out or words. Just fill me with brownies. Pretty please with a cherry on top?

  45. Your desserts are always great. I would be licking the bowl too.

  46. Caramel and brownies is one of the best combos ever!!

  47. Yummm – these look like a fabulous dessert!!!

  48. I don’t know what’s better… the brownie or the buttercream. I say it’s a winner with both. 🙂

  49. These sound divine. Chocolate and caramel go so well together. Add a frosting and my kids won’t leave the kitchen til they’re gone.

  50. So sad you won’t be able to attend the conference but these look absolutely divine! I love caramel buttercream! MMmm! A little sea salt (or kosher salt) sprinkled on top… wow!

  51. I´m here for the frosting, so don´t you dare put a rosette on top of mine! Isn´t caramel a magical thing? Awesome brownies Liz!

  52. Yum! These look so goo! I love anything with caramel in it–caramel buttercream? Genius!

  53. Caramel sauce in buttercream and on top of brownies? Sounds like heaven to me.

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