Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Salted Caramel Brownies


Brownies are the ultimate food that you can turn to when in need of a quick dessert, a reliable recipe or a way to make a friend. You can jazz them up or down as much as you like with frosting, filling, different kinds of chocolate and so much more. In this case, we have a filling.


This really is not just any other chocolate and caramel combo. Their marriage together, in this brownie, creates a wonderfully fudgy and delicious dessert that is just one of the best things ever.

The caramel sauce that goes in between the two brownie layers half disperses into the rest of the brownie part and half creates a layer of it's own. It gives a salted caramel taste throughout the entirety of the bar.

I really liked this because the caramel layer doesn't ooze everywhere and make a mess out of everything (which, in its own way and place is wonderful), but melts out just a bit so it's enjoyable but not all over your hands. It really is a perfect brownie.

And I'm not one to say the word 'perfect' often.


So, give these away, make another batch, and have fun making pretty much the best brownies ever to exist.


Salted Caramel Brownies
makes about 24 brownies

for the caramel sauce:
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy cream, slightly warm
1 teaspoon fleur de sel
1/4 cup sour cream

for the brownies:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
11 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
5 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

to finish:
1 teaspoon fleur de sel
1 teaspoon sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with parchment, allowing to hang off the sides of the pan as handles.
To make the caramel sauce, place the sugar, water and corn syrup in a small saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer over medium-high heat. Stirring frequently, allow to cook until the mixture reaches 350F and becomes a deep amber. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in the cream. Then, stir in the fleur de sel and sour cream. Allow to cool while you make the brownie part.
To make the brownies, whisk together the flour, salt and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
Combine the coarsely chopped chocolate and the butter cubes in a double broiler over medium heat. Stir until the chocolate and butter have melted together. Then, whisk in sugars, followed by the eggs, followed by the vanilla. Fold in the dry ingredients, stirring until just incorporated, making sure no flour streaks or hidden pockets remain.
Spread about half of the brownie batter in the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Spoon the caramel sauce on top, followed by the remaining half of the brownie batter, completely covering the caramel layer. Bake 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway while baking. Allow to cool.
In a small bowl, combine the fleur de sel and sugar and sprinkle about half over the brownies. Add the rest to taste. 


  1. Oh yum! I love dressing up brownies. This salted caramel looks soo decadent.

  2. Those seriously look like the best brownies ever. Perfectly gooey! :-)

  3. Wow - these look amazing!

  4. Wow, so moist and gooey looking! I bet they taste amazing!

  5. Those look so delicious! Salted caramel is such a fun and tasty touch to the brownies.

  6. Oh wow, these sound SO decadent and amazing. You have no idea how much I want one right now!!

  7. How ooey gooey! Yum!

  8. These look so gooey and chocolatey and delicious...but I'll be honest, that sunshine looks too good to be true, too! I miss it in NYC this time of year.

  9. I seemed to catch the rays on one of the days when it was shining bright and happy!

  10. You don't find such good looking brownies everyday - wonderful job :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Monet@anecdotesandapples.comFebruary 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Hi Elizabeth! These brownies look as close to perfection as I've ever seen. I wish I had one beside me right now! Thank you for sharing another dose of inspiration. I hope you are having a great week and are staying warm.

  12. kirsten@farmfreshfeastsFebruary 20, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    "Give these away"?? No way! I'm hogging them all to myself. They look wonderful.
    Thanks, Elizabeth!

  13. Those brownies look truly amazing! I think it would be dangerous if I got started into them.

  14. that is why we give so many baked goods away! :)

  15. Oh my word - these look so indulgent :) This is a dangerous combination!



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