Friday, August 24, 2012

Turtle Brownies

I love the taste of caramel. It instantly reminds me of fall and Halloween when I used to horde caramel apple suckers and snack on them all through October.
Getting back to the point, caramel is a delicious reminder that fall is approaching. It also goes great with chocolate.

I believe I've made my point.

These utterly simple and oh-so-delicious Turtle Brownies are an excellent combination of chocolate and caramel. Since the recipe makes a huge amount of brownies, I've used them as a "thank-you" gift to countless people, and they're always well-received. I also like to wrap them up in cute tins and give them away around Christmas time. Trust me, people love it!

To make a batch of these for your own gift-giving needs (or to gobble them all up yourself), you will need these ingredients:

1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1 package German Chocolate cake mix
1 can evaporated milk
1 package individually wrapped caramels
1 12-oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine 2/3 cup of evaporated milk, butter, and cake mix. Spread half of the mixture across the bottom of a well-greased 9x13 baking pan. The mixture will seem super-thin, but don't worry, it will puff up to about 3x the size during baking.
Then, place the entire pan in the oven and bake for 7 minutes.

While you're waiting for your base to cook, unwrap your caramels and put them in a small saucepan. Pour 1/3 cup of the evaporated milk on top of the caramels and heat on low until they melt. Be sure to stir continuously! Nothing makes a kitchen smell gross faster than the smell of burning sugar.

Once your brownie base is cooked, pull it out of the oven and evenly spread your chocolate chips across it.

Next, pour your caramel mixture over the chocolate chips.

The last step (and the most fun) is to take the remaining cake batter and spoon it on top of your brownies. No need for even coating here - just slap dollops of batter onto the pan wherever you see fit!

Now, place your brownies back in the oven and wait an ungodly 30-40 minutes for the batter to finish cooking and all of the caramely-chocolatey goodness to fuse together.

These are best eaten right out of the oven so you can appreciate the chocolate-caramel lava domes oozing throughout the brownies. Every forkful punctures a new patch of ooey-gooey goodness.

Like I said, these make great gifts. But only if you're willing to part with them!

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