This recipe keeps things nice and simple with the use of a cake mix and store-bought caramels. Yay for simple! No one will even guess they were made from a cake mix! It is really quite easy to whip up these sinful brownies, but you do need to plan ahead for the cooling and refrigeration time. Make them the night before or the morning of.
Make sure you have a tall, cold glass of milk ready!
Just mix the 4 brownie ingredients together until it combines into a thick batter, similar to cookie dough. Easy peasy.
Since I don’t have a double boiler, I melted the caramel and evaporated milk together in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. But I’ve even just melted it in a saucepan over low heat before too. I bet you could get away with the microwave route if you select a lower power and stir often.
While melting the caramels, bake that bottom brownie layer. Then pour the caramel over the baked brownie. Sprinkle on the chocolate chips.
I chose to use the method from the cheesecake chocolate chip bars to make the top brownie layer. Just take small amounts, around a tablespoon or two in size, and flatten it in your hands. Then place each disc of batter on top of the caramel layer until the top is covered and the batter is used up.
I just used a greased pan without the foil sling for this batch and it worked fine. I didn’t want to cut the brownies while they were in my nice pan though, so I turned them out onto a plate and then again onto a cutting board so they were right-side-up. Next time I will use the sling method to make it even easier.
I have made these in an 8×8 pan as well, but I much prefer the thickness of the brownies baked in the 9×9. If you’re a real brownie-lover, you should probably invest in a 9×9 pan anyway!
I couldn’t find a Duncan Hines German Chocolate cake mix at my store, so I just used the Swiss Chocolate. But I have heard that German Chocolate cake mix is the best choice!
Pioneer Woman recommends generously sifting a 1/4 cup of powdered sugar over the top before serving, but these are already so sweet, I just figured I didn’t need it. Let me know if I’m missing out!
Adapted from Pioneer Woman.