Chocolate Caramel Brownies

Chocolate Caramel Brownies

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Vickie Parks


My sister (Lori) gave me this recipe in the 1970s, and I make these every chance I get. The recipe was created when most cake mixes were a 18.25-oz size box. But in the early 2000s, the food industry began cost-saving measures, including changing boxed cake mixes to 15.25-oz size. But this recipe hasn't suffered as a result of this manufacturing adjustment, because it still creates delectable brownies. You could add 3 oz flour (appr. 3/4 cup) to compensate for the change. But I never bothered, and the brownies still turn out fine every time I make them. It's triple layered brownie heaven.


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10 Min
40 Min


  • 18.25-oz pkg
    german chocolate cake mix (15oz size cake mix is ok, if it's all you can find)
  • 3/4 cup
    unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup
    chopped nuts (i prefer hazelnuts, but you can use walnuts, pecans or almonds)
  • 8-oz can
    evaporated milk, divided (2/3 cup + 1/3 cup)
  • 1 (10-oz) pkg
    caramels (wrappers removed, if individually wrapped)
  • 6-oz pkg
    chocolate chips, any kind (it's about 1 to 1 1/4 cups)

How to Make Chocolate Caramel Brownies


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly butter or spray a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. In a medium size bowl, mix together the cake mix, butter, nuts, and 2/3 cup evaporated milk. Pour half of the batter into baking pan, and bake for 12 minutes.
  3. While base layer is baking, melt caramels in a heavy-duty saucepan, stirring frequently to prevent scorching. When caramels are melted, stir in remaining 1/3 cup evaporated milk; set aside.
  4. Remove cake from the oven (but don't let it cool). Immediately, while cake is still hot, sprinkle the chocolate chips in an even layer on top of the baked cake layer. Stir the milky caramel mixture so it's thin enough to pour. Then pour the caramel mixture on top, covering as much of chocolate chip layer as possible. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining cake batter on top of the caramel layer.
  5. Return baking dish to oven and bake for 26 to 30 more minutes, or until the top layer is baked and the chocolate chips have melted. Cool completely before cutting into 24 bars (6 vertical rows x 4 horizontal rows).

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About Chocolate Caramel Brownies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Sodium

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