Double Caramel Brownies

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Well I’ve finished moving. Almost anyway…

My apartment is cluttered with half-empty boxes, the fridge and pantry are mostly empty and I have to take baths because I haven’t even hung up a shower curtain yet.

So while I’m buried under my mountain of crap I should have considered donating to Goodwill quite some time ago and wondering whether or not my back might literally break if I carry even one more box up a flight of stairs again, I’ve got a dear sweet blogging friend hear to tempt us with her latest creation.

Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake, whom you may remember from her Holiday Thumbprints during my Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies feature, is back again with Double Caramel Brownies.

You can see why I like her so much! Sit back, relax, pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy.

I’m so delighted to be guest posting here on Jen’s wonderful blog…she’s a constant inspiration to me with her beautiful styling and delicious treats. Jen requested a bar or a brownie, and I was thrilled to comply. Instead of making individual brownie bites, I tweaked a recipe to make an 8 x 8 pan…less work and just as decadent. These start with a simple, one bowl brownie recipe…then after they are baked, chocolate covered caramels are pressed into the hot brownies. Cream cheese icing infused with caramel completes this dessert.

I will warn you that these are darn difficult to cut when cold…but that’s the way to get a clean slice. I would actually up the powdered sugar in the icing, so that you can cut and serve these just slightly chilled. I have noted this change in the recipe. This may save you from losing a filling or a fingertip…I could NOT wait till they warmed up a bit before sampling. Then you can experience soft, gooey caramel with every bite. You can also make these with a boxed mix if you’re pressed for time.

Jen, thanks again for your kind invitation. I hope your move has been uneventful! xo

Double Caramel Brownies

Yields: 25 Servings

Ingredients

Brownies:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

8 oz semi-sweet chocolate

1 1/2 c sugar

4 large eggs

1 t vanilla

3/4 c flour

1/4 t salt

Approximately 49 Rolos candies (chocolate covered caramels), from a 12 ounce bag, unwrapped

Icing:

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

2 tablespoons caramel sauce

1 cup powdered sugar (I would add another half cup to make a firmer icing)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350º. Line an 8" square baking pan with non-stick foil or foil sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

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.

Stir sugar into chocolate till combined. Whisk in eggs one at a time, then vanilla. Fold in flour and salt. Bake until cake tester comes out of center with just a few moist crumbs, 40-45 min.

Immediately push unwrapped Rolos into hot brownies. I made 7 rows with 7 Rolos in each. Cool completely.

Make icing by beating the cream cheese and butter till smooth. Mix in the caramel sauce. Add the powdered sugar and whip till smooth. Ice cooled brownies. Chill to allow icing to firm up slightly.

*Notes

adapted from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook and Cook Lisa Cook

Liz’s site is filled with the most delectable treats imaginable – everything from cookies to cheesecakes to breads. I have yet to learn her secret for staying so skinny though…

Head on over to That Skinny Chick Can Bake for some sweet inspiration and shower her with praise!

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Comments

  1. 1

    Great to see LIz here! Her blog is filled with recipes I must try and this one just got added to the list! I love pictures where the rolos have just been added. YUM!

  2. 2

    Oh, gosh, you are so sweet, Jen!!! Thanks for inviting me to join you today…and for the kind introduction. I hope those boxes are unpacked soon…and you can get back to normal. xoxo

    • 3

      Thank you Liz. I’m so grateful to you! It was such a relief to wake up today and get to work unpacking without feeling guilty that I was neglecting my blog. It’s kind of crazy how it starts to feel a little like your baby after awhile and it’s hard to stay away!

  3. 4

    I love how those brownies look when they are cut. Who could resist those huge chunks of caramel?

    Glad to hear you are moved, Jen. Hope you manage to get unpacked and organized soon. I know it must be driving you nuts. :-)

  4. 6

    Gosh! These look amazing and irresistible!

  5. 7

    Goodness this almost made me fall out of my chair it’s that decadent and delicious looking!! Great job Lizzy! Hope the moving and unpacking gets easier. I love to unpack boxes because it’s fun getting set up and organized… I know… I’m weird!

  6. 9

    These look insane! Liz always makes the best brownie recipes! I am a sucker for brownies, and Rolo’s are one of my favorites. Wish I had one of these right now!

  7. 11

    oh man these look amazing!!

  8. 12

    I love Liz and her amazing photos.

    Love that she used rolos and that you just used some in your pot of gold cookies :)

    Have a lovely day both of you :)

  9. 14
    Javelin Warrior says:

    Jen, I’m so glad you had Lizzy as a guest blogger – she always has the most tempting treats and I love following her creations. These bars are no exception ;). And when I moved last year, we donated so much stuff to Goodwill & Salvation Army I thought we’d never be finished packing up boxes and filling bags. Fortunately, once it’s done it feels good to lose the clutter ;) Good luck and hope the settling-in goes well…

    • 15

      I had so much more space before I moved – storage wise and I had an office. Now I just have to prioritize and get creative! It’ll be worth it in the end, but right now it feels like a real pain in the you know what!

  10. 16

    What a fabulous guest post, Jen and Liz. These brownies look absolutely delicious and decadent. Totally sinful for when I need to indulge once in a while. Great recipe and wonderful to see you over here helping out a friend. Thanks, ladies!

  11. 17

    Great to see Lizzy here! :) And I hope you survive your crazy week! Oh, how I will have slightly dirty dreams about these brownies…

  12. 19

    Hi Jen! I hope the move is going well and it was really sweet of Liz to make these for you – not to mention delicious! I hope you took lots-o-pics so we can see your new place!

  13. 21

    So nice to see Liz here baking up a delicious storm. I hope life settles down for you soon.

  14. 22

    I really loved your brownie recipe,i will try it soon,thank you for sharing it!!!!kisses from GREECE!!!

  15. 23

    Holy fudge, these look amazing! That caramel looks insane!! MMM, I’m craving some of this so bad right now!! Gimmme :)

  16. 24

    HI Liz, so nice to see you here, these look divine and I love caramel. Jen, I don’t envy you the unpacking, I hate to move, I don’t think I am ever going to move again. Best wishes to you and a wonderful day.

  17. 26

    Oh goodness, now this is MY kind of recipe. YUM! Mouth watering!

  18. 27

    Just saw these on Lizzy’s site. They look amazing!

  19. 28

    So glad your move went well. And Lizzy’s brownies–amazing! Since I adore caramel, these are my idea of dessert perfection.

  20. 29

    Oh my God – makes me wish I could buy rolos here in France… these look irresistible!

  21. 31

    I think that you would need an assistant to unwrap all of the Rolos. These look delicious.

    Glad to hear things are slowly coming together Jen. The baths probably help the back a bit. Light some candles and enjoy!

  22. 33

    I used to be so addicted to Rolos! The only reason I say “used to” is because I cannot get them here.

    These look SO gooooood! :)

  23. 35

    Liz, thanks to this recipe, I may have to put my sugar cleanse on hold for about….a few more weeks! These look amazing!

    Jen, Congratulations on being completely moved in. As a few other people have already mentioned, a nice hot bath can do wonders for a sore back. :)

  24. 37

    Oh, my, these look very decadent.

  25. 38

    Wonderful guest post Liz! These brownies sound amazing! I loved rolos as a kid and I know they would be delicious when used like this in brownies!

  26. 39

    I had a couple of these Rolo candies this morning for the first time in ages. I had forgotten how GOOD they were. I can only imagine how delicious these brownies are! A better word might be decadent! :) Have a wonderful Easter weekend.

  27. 41

    They are so mouth-watering

  28. 42

    Oh…my god…Rolos AND caramel frosting AND brownies? I can hardly handle all this amazingness in one place!

  29. 43

    Gosh..these look decadent and divine!

  30. 44

    Rolos AND caramel icing?!?!? Oh my!

  31. 45

    These are absolutely divine Lizzy!

  32. 46

    omygosh these look AMAZING! Just pinned them! Yummmm!

  33. 47

    Oh man, these look absolutely incredible!! Liz never disappoints :) Hope you’re all settled in soon with the move!

  34. 48

    It’s so nice to see Liz here. I love all her recipes and these look divine!

  35. 49

    As if the brownies weren’t awesome enough, the addition of Rolos and cream cheese frosting makes this one fabulous, decadent dessert that I must make asap! :)

  36. 50

    Wow! These look so amazing I can taste them simply by the pictures. Yum!!

  37. 51

    i’m drooling right now! *drools*

  38. 52

    Wow! Unbelievable brownies! I love the addition of candy :-) Good luck with the move!

  39. 53

    You’re almost done! Unpacking is the worst part in my opinion but it’ll be over sooner than you know it! Baths don’t sound all that bad ;). Don’t you just wish you had a plate of these brownies! Liz sure can make you drool with her sweets! Yum!!

  40. 55

    Oh my God. Rolos in brownies? Genius!

  41. 56

    Moving always stress me out..and I hope yours goes well, meaning the last part of moving that I hate is unpacking and organizing!:))
    Liz you did beautiful job..i love your brownies!

  42. 58

    These are so decadent and completely dangerous! Yum!

  43. 59

    Holy cow! These look decadent. Love your photos!!

  44. 60

    I feel your pain about moving and boxes and trying to find places for everything. We are going to be downsizing soon to a loft so my head is spinning! I also LOVE that skinny chick can bake! Great guest post!

  45. 61

    Liz- Love it. These are like turtley goodness to me. Add some pecans and I’m diving in head first no questions asked.

    Jen- I hope things are going well. Wish I lived closer so I could help. I make a good worker bee.

  46. 63

    I hope you settle in your new place soon. It’s a lot of work, but great time to organize stuff. Lizzy always have good desserts that everyone can enjoy. Delicious brownies – perfect for a break time!

  47. 64

    I hope you get settled into your new home soon — take care and thanks for introducing such a delicious guest recipe from Liz :)

  48. 65

    Wow, those look ah-maizing! We move a lot (every few years) and while I love moving, I HATE unpacking. Hope you finish soon so you can enjoy your new place!

  49. 66

    Wow, these look so good…I may have to make them immediately…I love the rolos pushed in! I can’t imagine that anyone could dislike this!! :-)

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