These are brownies that you should only make if you are ready for the chocolate-caramel frenzy this will induce in all of your friends and family.
I've warned you.
My family affectionately calls these brownies “Diet Bars” – I can’t imagine why…
The recipe is very simple, and doesn’t really even have any measurements (that’s how we roll on my dad’s side of the family). Basically this means that anyone can make it.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 box of German chocolate cake mix
3/4 c. of melted butter
1 small can of sweetened condensed milk*
1 (6 oz.) package of caramels**
6 oz. (or more!) of chocolate chips
*Here’s the deal. Because of how the cans of sweetened condensed milk are these days, it means that you will have leftover milk if you only make one batch of these. Now, if you double the recipe, the measurements work out JUST right for a large can of milk, about 14 oz. Darn, I guess I have to always make a double recipe…
**You should probably unwrap the caramels. Just sayin’.
Mix together the cake mix, melted butter, and 1/3 c. of sweetened condensed milk. You can also optionally add chopped nuts, but I never do this.
|Butter. Quite possibly the greatest gift to bakers (besides chocolate) EVAH!|
|You should probably wash your hands before doing this step.|
Spread the caramel mixture over the lightly baked cake base. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top of the caramel, as little or as many as you want.
|This is about when I decided that maybe it was time to go on a diet...|
|Sorry if I drooled into the pan.|
You should probably remove these from the oven before eating. Patience is a virtue, people.
|...and this is when I decided that my diet could wait a few more days.|
So you just HAD to make 2 batches so the milk measurements worked out, didn’t you?
Now I am usually nice, and share these extra brownies with friends, co-workers, etc. However, if you want to be a pig and keep them all for yourself, you’re going to want to keep them moist and chewy.
Store them in a sealed container, and after a day or two, place a slice of bread in with the brownies in the sealed container. The brownies will soak up any moisture from the bread, keeping them moist and chew-tastic. You may need to replace the bread after a day or so if you are continuing to store them.