Caramel Brownies

My favorite, easy caramel brownies were given a face lift. Truly a decadent, to-die-for dessert!
EASY Caramel Brownies

I think most of us have tasted those incredibly decadent caramel brownies made from a box of German chocolate cake mix, a bag of caramels and chopped nuts.  I was visiting a college friend in Chicago when I was first served one of these heavenly bars.  Then via marriage I was immersed into  a nut free zone…and though, not forgotten, I stopped making these.EASY caramel brownies

Just last week, I was visiting Tracey’s Culinary Adventures and saw a vaguely familiar recipe. It was my favorite caramel brownies (hooray!), sans nuts (hooray!), made with homemade brownies vs. a cake mix (hip, hip hooray!).  Copied, caramels purchased…and a I was ready to go! These got rave reviews all around. Even the hubby, who’s not as enamored with caramel as I am, offered high praise.

Caramel Brownies

Serves 24 brownies     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr

!Adapted from The Pastry Queen via Tracey's Culinary Adventures


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 14 ounce bag of caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line 9 x 13 pan with non-stick foil or regular foil sprayed with cooking spray.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, using 30 second increments, stirring each time till smooth. Add sugar, eggs and vanilla and whisk till well incorporated. Stir in flour and salt.
  3. Spread half the batter over bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  4. Melt caramels and cream in a microwave safe bowl, using 30 second increments, checking and stirring each time till smooth. While still warm, pour caramel over the top of the brownies and spread to cover. If caramel has cooled, gently reheat in the microwave. Top with remaining brownie batter by dropping tablespoons of batter across the caramel, then spread to edges. If batter has become stiff, gently reheat in microwave. Sprinkle top of brownies with chocolate chips and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool completely, then use foil to remove brownies from pan. Cut and serve.

Yield: 24 brownies


    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per Serving As Served
    Calories 266kcal Calories from fat 144
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 16g 25%
    Saturated Fat 10g 50%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 52mg 17%
    Sodium 64mg 3%
    Carbohydrate 31g 10%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 24g
    Protein 3g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories 2000
    Total Fat Less than 65g
    Sat Fat Less than 25g
    Cholesterol Less than 300mg
    Sodium Less than 2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate 300g
    Dietary Fiber 25g
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    1. I am imagining this and ice cream.

    2. I can’t wait to try these, a co workers birthday is Monday and she will go nuts for these, they look fabulous! thanks Lizzy they just look fantastic, will let you know how they like them!

    3. I now have a great excuse to buy a bag of those caramels. Haven’t in years…these look wonderful!

    4. That looks soo delicious:-)Its a true delight to choco lovers like me..

    5. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

      Belinda is right… I would love to eat this with GOOD vanila ice cream… Delicious. You are always baking!! 😉

    6. oh boy! they look perfect! and I agreee with Belinda, ice cream would be wonderful with them!

    7. ryobious says:

      Ohhh this looks so rich and delicious!

    8. What are you trying to do to my willpower? Haha! Two brownie recipes. My Achilles heel. Sigh. Agreed with Brandie. So many chocolate recipes and I can’t get enough. I want to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory style lick my screen right now. Haha! Yummy!

    9. Marcellina says:

      My goodness! Your blog is making me drool! I love goooey brownies!

    10. Lizzy , you are amazing! Just like all these wonderful things that you are baking! 🙂 I really admire you 🙂

    11. Those are amazing brownies Lizzy … I am drooling!

    12. Yep, these are definitely insulin worthy! Although, sorry for the nut allergy, I’ll add nuts to mine. 😀

    13. Three-Cookies says:

      I would prefer to eat these side by wide with the Kahlua one!

    14. Say Hi to your new follower!!!
      These brownies look yum

    15. The Country Cook says:

      Lizzy, lizzy, lizzy. Oh boy. Girlfriend, your blog should be called death by Love these and I have a friend who is about 7 months pregnant and she is craving brownies right now. Got this one printed!!

    16. Spicie Foodie says:

      I may be the only one who has never tasted brownies from a German chocolate cake mix. So sad and I know I’m missing out. Your brownies are killing me. Can you hear my stomach crying out for one ? 🙂

    17. Anonymous says:

      I know a lot of folks who don’t eat eggs (they’re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here’s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs:

    18. Lauren Hairston says:

      More brownies! I’ve never made the ones with the German chocolate cake mix, because I try to avoid cake mixes. These look amazing. And I’m a caramel addict, so I’m feeling a need to try these.

    19. Oh these look delicious! I am trying to talk myself out of baking something today, and you are not helping 🙂

    20. LaMagicaZucca says:

      I found your blog by turning to the web.
      I want to congratulate you for the quality of your blog, recipes, photos and all the interesting content you offer.
      I addition to your followers are contracting, so you do not lose sight of.
      If you like going from my blog, you’re welcome.
      My blog is in Italian, but there is a translator.
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    21. Adriana says:

      I love these! Have you ever thought of making your own brownie bar? I’ve just looked through your tagged brownie posts and it’s really hard now to focus on numbers and work stuff. Mmmh!

    22. Marysol says:

      How tempting!

      Chocolate alone makes me happy. But pair it with caramel and I’m downright giddy!

    23. Magic of Spice says:

      I can just imagine how popular these would be… absolutely delicious!

    24. Nice My wife would love these!! Thanks for sharing this brownie recipe 🙂

    25. Lark (SparkyLarky) says:

      I am pretty sure you made these with me in mind right? I mean hello…it is everything I love! YUM!

    26. Yay! I’m glad that you and these heavenly brownies were reunited! They look great!

    27. Caramel brownies are the best! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    28. Yum yum yum!! I am a big caramel lover and combined with chocolate brownies!! Yes please!

    29. Wonderful recipe and beautiful pics Lizzy! Brava!

    30. Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

      I love the layers, caramel with brownies is my favorite!

    31. Thank you, all! Your kind words are what keep me blogging…you’re the BEST!

    32. Oh ok… I am officially creating a sub-folder called “Lizzy” in my “Must try Recipes” folder! Ahhhh I cannot resist these brownies!!!!

    33. How absolutely fabulous Lizzy!!! Caramel brownies sound sinfully divine! 🙂 Yum-o!


    34. Fabulous! I have never heard of the brownie mix version, but this looks really great. I love caramel and chocolate.

    35. Angie's Recipes says:

      I love this brownie recipe! They look simply terrific!

    36. mmm those brownies looks great!

    37. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels says:

      Oh my do these brownies look soooo good! I love the caramel layer in the middle of the brownies. 🙂

    38. I love these caramel brownies! delicious! gloria

    39. Jill@MadAboutMacarons says:

      Lizzy, the enticing aromas are making their way here with these gorgeous photos! Wonderful recipe – another chocolate masterpiece (100 still approaching fast!)

    40. the less chocolate I’m trying to eat the more chocolate goodness I see on your blog. These brownies sound way to good for me to resist. Oh, I so want one right now!!

    41. Liz, you are the QUEEN of brownies! It’s official!

    42. As my mom used to say, “this is the kind of stuff that sets your teeth on edge!”

    43. Oh yum, yours look amazing Lizzy! I heated one of these brownies up and topped with vanilla ice cream for dessert WAY too many nights in a row 🙂

    44. Anonymous says:

      Mmmm, one of my favorite combinations!! I’d choose caramel over chocolate any day. Now, I need an excuse to bake these 🙂 Kate @kateiscooking

    45. Why haven’t I ever had caramel brownies?! I know I need to remedy that soon … or I will just continue to drool over your photos. Delish!

    46. What a thrill it would be to bite into those.

    47. Look at that awesome layer of caramel! It looks perfect. No wonder these got rave reviews!

    48. Those look yummy! I love chocolate and caramel together – I must make these. Thanks for sharing!

    49. How could one possibly resist? 🙂

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