August 10, 2012

Salted Hot Fudge Caramel Brownies

It's been, like, more than a week since I've shared something sweet.  While I'm trying my darnedest not to overdose on sugar at the moment, I'm glad I had this post set aside.  Scott and I annihilated these brownies back in July.  As in, I made them and ate some.  The next morning, the empty dish was sitting on the counter and I didn't need to worry about making breakfast for Scott.

There's a reason why I'm a fan of boxed brownie mixes, cake mixes, store-bought ice cream, etc.

I don't like recipes with too many steps.

When you have brownies with 4 layers, each one requiring 6 ingredients, plus stove time, plus cooling time, plus baking time....I'm probably not going to make it.  I might drool over it, sure.  But, it's doubtful that I'll go to the store, buy 4 different kinds of chocolate, and spend all afternoon making brownies.  I WANT to.  Or maybe..maybe I don't want to.  Maybe I want to get that fudgy chocolate-ness in my mouth as soon as possible.  (I know that I spelled "fudgy" correctly, because I double-checked it with the word "pudgy".)
Yes.  THAT is what I want.

This is a simple brownie recipe.  It actually doesn't get simpler than this.

Salted Hot Fudge Caramel Brownies
makes an 8x8 pan
adapted from Rachael Ray magazine

4 T. butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
4 T. cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour
1 t. sea salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips (if you're feeling crazy) 
1/4 cup hot fudge sauce (I used Salted Caramel Hot Fudge from Archer Farms), easiest to pour/measure when warmed

1/4 cup hot fudge sauce
1/4 cup caramel sauce

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and cocoa powder together.  Take off of the heat.  Whisk in the eggs, vanilla, and sugar.  Stir in the flour.   Fold in the chocolate chips, if using, and *warmed* hot fudge sauce.  Pour into a greased 8x8 pan (a pie pan would work too) and bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes until the middle springs back when touched.

Heat the other 1/4 cup of hot fudge sauce and 1/4 cup caramel sauce in the microwave.  You can mix them together or pour them separately, but drizzle them over warm brownies and let it set.  They will stay deliciously gooey this way.

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  1. Pinned this! And now I definitely need to go to Target for some of that yummy looking sauce...Only I have a problem with Target. If I go in for one thing, I come out with a basketful! So I try and avoid that's best for my bank account :) ...maybe I can get my mom to pick me up some...

  2. There goes my diet. I need that salted carmel sauce now!!!!

  3. I've made two "caramel" treats on my blog this month and give y'all a recipe for homemade caramel sauce that is easy peasy! Why buy it when you can make it:-D
    Love your idea with the brownies and I have just about a 1/4 cup left of my homemade to do these with. XOXO

  4. Oh my goodness these look heavenly! Definitely going to do this over the weekend! xo

  5. this is seriously the SECOND brownie recipe I have seen today... you guys are killing me!!! :))

  6. Yep, I'm definitely going to have to make this when Dylan comes home!

  7. Yum yum! I can't wait to try this! I have given you an award on my blog

  8. Oh my Kristin. I need these in my life. And I need that sauce. Good thing I practically live at Target...

  9. Kristin, you are my absolute favorite right now. I'm making these. As in I'm driving to the store, picking up the ingredients and I'm totally going to make And as I'm typing this I'm seeing "You might also like...S'more Fondue." Why yes, I would also like S'more Fondue!

  10. Holy goodness girl. Get out of town these sound so amazing. Screw diet next week. I want these babies.

  11. Stop it. On my to-make list this week. Amazing!

  12. OMG those look soooo good!! Brownies with ice cream are a BIG fave at our house. New follower! Can't wait to check out the rest of your blog! :)

  13. I want some now!! These look too good.

  14. yummy I totally get you on the easy thing, sometimes it takes so long you don't even want to eat them when you are done. okay maybe not that bad, but you get it.

  15. These brownies look super delicious!:)

    I actually love baking so I love to make complicated cakes....

  16. Yummy and caught my eye at back for seconds... new follower too and would like to invite you over to do the same :-) Deb


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