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Best Brownie Recipe: Easy Chocolate Caramel Browies

Updated on April 13, 2012
German Chocolate Brownie
German Chocolate Brownie | Source

German Chocolate Brownies

First let me say that the only thing "German" about these brownies is the type of cake mix that is used. Honestly I'm not really sure where this recipe came from but our family has been making it since I was a little girl. It is one of the easiest recipes that I have ever seen to spruce up a regular brownie. However, consider yourself warned. Not only is this the most rich and decadent brownie that you will make, it is one of the easiest. We only make this during the Christmas season to set out for guests or give to special people in our lives because of the richness. So beware that if you decide to make these, they will probably continue to be requested by all who eat them!

Ingredients
Ingredients | Source

Caramel Brownie Ingredients

1 box of German Chocolate cake mix

1 small can of evaporated milk (5 3/4 oz) If you need to get the larger can, the small can equates to about 3/4 c.

1 14 oz. bag of caramels (we use Kraft but any would work)

1 12 oz. bag of chocolate chips (I like milk chocolate but you could use semi-sweet)

3/4 c. butter

1 oz. regular milk



Tip for Melting Caramels for Caramel Sauce

Be sure that you melt the caramel on low and stir frequently. If the caramel burns you will need to start over. The burned taste will be tasted throughout the brownies.

Melt the caramel slowly while stirring continuously.
Melt the caramel slowly while stirring continuously. | Source
Caramel is ready to pour when it is smooth and creamy.
Caramel is ready to pour when it is smooth and creamy. | Source

Recipe for Brownies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and *flour pan, 9x13 inches. Melt caramels with 1/3 cup of evaporated milk.
  2. Mix cake mix, melted butter and remainder of evaporated milk plus one ounce regular milk in a bowl.
  3. Put 1/2 the cake mixture in the bottom of the pan. Bake for 6 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle chocolate chips over baked mixture. Follow this by pouring the melted caramel over the chocolate chips.
  5. Spread the remaining mixture over the melted caramel. I have found that it is easiest to drop spoonfuls throughout the caramel so that it is easier to spread. You will not have a completely covered chocolate caramel mix. That's ok. In fact, it's even better!
  6. Bake for an additional 18-25 minutes. The brownies will not be completely firm. This is because of the melted chocolate and caramel goodness inside. Do not over bake or they will burn.

*I like to use cocoa powder instead of flour just in case it doesn't bake off. The cocoa powder will blend with the brownies.

Be sure to let the brownies cool completely. It will be hard to resist but they will be easier to cut.

Preparing the Brownies

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Mix the ingredients well.When greasing the pan, use a sandwich bag to keep clean up easy.Completely dust the pan with flour or cocoa powder.After the first bake.Add the chocolate chips.Add the melted caramel.Spread the last half of the brownie mix.It will become a swirled chocolate, caramel, brownie extravaganza!    Then bake for the remaining time.
Mix the ingredients well.
Mix the ingredients well. | Source
When greasing the pan, use a sandwich bag to keep clean up easy.
When greasing the pan, use a sandwich bag to keep clean up easy. | Source
Completely dust the pan with flour or cocoa powder.
Completely dust the pan with flour or cocoa powder. | Source
After the first bake.
After the first bake. | Source
Add the chocolate chips.
Add the chocolate chips. | Source
Add the melted caramel.
Add the melted caramel. | Source
Spread the last half of the brownie mix.
Spread the last half of the brownie mix. | Source
It will become a swirled chocolate, caramel, brownie extravaganza!    Then bake for the remaining time.
It will become a swirled chocolate, caramel, brownie extravaganza! Then bake for the remaining time. | Source

Warning

Be careful not to sneak a taste before dinner or they will become your dinner! I hope that you and your family enjoy these delicious brownies. If you like them, comment and share the brownie love.

Fresh from the oven!
Fresh from the oven! | Source

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    • cardelean profile image
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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      BELIEVE ME, if my hips could handle it, I'd make them at least once a month! Hope that you and your family enjoy them as much as we do!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Well, it isn't Christmas but my oven is pre-heating right now. Your brownie recipe will be on my Easter table (if there's any left after today.)

      Honestly, my mouth watered as I read your yummy recipe and by the time I got to your photo after the "warning", I found myself drooling all over my keyboard. :-)

      Got to run...brownies to make. cardelean style. Up, useful, interesting and awesome!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I have some in the oven right now for our Christmas celebration and the house smells INCREDIBLE! They are a great treat for your taste buds, just not your waistline! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Oh, my! These look so deliciously decadent! The caramel candy added to the chocolate chips must make it chewy and sweet - just my kind of treat with a cup of coffee! I've got to try these German Chocolate Brownies!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Me too Sinea Pies! It's a perfect treat to have on hand during the holidays for guests.

      I give it as gifts to my kids' teachers and bring it in to share with our staff. I could eat the whole pan if I was left alone too long with it!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Oh my--this would be delightful. I'm almost glad I can't eat all the cow milk products in it! However, it would be a wonderful gift for friends. Thanks!

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      This sounds delightful! I love every ingredient. Gotta try it sometime soon.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I know, same at my work. They didn't last long at all. Yes, loaded with calories which is why I only make them at the holidays. Glad everyone enjoyed them.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      These were a HUGE hit at work on Wednesday-they couldn't get enough of them! J and G both enjoyed them as well. Loaded with calories but so good. Thanks for the recipe.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      They are not hard to do at all. I'm bringing some to work with me on Friday as well. Be nice, he can have some! Thanks for the comment.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Cara, it has been such a long time since I've baked these. Your hub with the step by step photos brought back the memories of making them with you. I'm going to bake a batch to bring into work with me...to heck with J, LOL (ok-he can have ONE!) Thanks for sharing.

      Important tip about the camamels-not to burn them! And, cute warning, LOL

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      They definitely are Flora!

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      Sounds delicious.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      That's exactly why I shared them WillStarr. I make them every year for the holidays. Enjoy and thanks for the comment.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Sounds great, and just in time for Christmas!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      They are so awesome Aunt Danette. I brought one in for a colleague who saw the recipe on FB and she just stopped by to tell me that they were the most amazing thing that she has ever tasted. They always get rave reviews.

      They are fabulous randomcreative. Thanks for reading.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      These sound delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      I usually make brownies from a mix but I'm bookmarking this to try when Sam gets home. They look wonderful and who can resist chocolate AND caramel?

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      You are welcome Cresentmoon2007. Hope you get a chance to make them. Thanks for your comment.

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      Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      sound delicious. I love german chocolate. Thank you for sharing.

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      The photographs looks so delicious, so soft and moist and I can almost smell the chocolate flavor. I haven't made homemade brownies, surely going to try this recipe. I like your warning! Rated up and awesome.