Friday, February 13, 2015

Fake Make Caramel Brownies (w/ German Choc Cake Mix)

The Headlines:


I like to make yummy treats.

But I have no time.

This will blow your mind.

Not your day!

Plus. there's a fun "secret" ingredient in it!





About 10 years ago as I was working on the morning show on the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, AZ.  On this morning I walked into work and saw a plate of brownies.  Now, if you know the news business... you know there are treats in the newsroom a lot.  So I usually skipped the stuff.  But not on this day.  They were way too good to resist.

Can you blame me?

This time it was the interim traffic reporter who brought in some Chocolate Caramel Brownies. That plate of brownies, I'm sure of it, begged me to eat them.  And so I did.  Thank the lord in heaven because it was worth every single calorie.  Afterward, I HAD to have the recipe.  She gave it to me.  After weeks of bugging her.  Now I pass it on to you.  You can make these any time of the year... but on Valentines's Day or any special occasion it is totally in order!  Because these babies are NOT to be ignored.


The best part?  They take NO TIME TO MAKE.  If you have a spare 5 minutes (hands on time) - you're in business.  So you can get back to whatever it is that you really need to do today.  The secret here... they're made with a GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE MIX - I know crazy, huh?  These to-die-for brownies will totally seem homemade - but you faked it!

Here's what you need:

1 box of German Choc Cake mix
can of evaporated milk
2/3 cup butter
bag of 14 oz caramels
bag of chocolate chips
chopped pecans (optional)

Here's what you do:

Heat oven to 350.  Mix together cake mix, 2/3 cup melted butter, 1/3 cup eval milk and 1 cup of chopped pecans (if you choose - I didn't for our purposes because we have a nut allergy).  Then melt the caramels with 1/2 cup evaporated milk.  Take a little more than 1/2 of the cake/brownie mix you just mixed together and spread it on a buttered 9 x 13 cake pan - it will be a rather thin layer, you'll have to use your fingers and you'll be concerned but remember it's a CAKE mix so it will rise.  Then dump about 2/3 of the bag of chocolate chips over the spread.  Once the caramel is fully melted, dump that over the chocolate chips.



Then take the rest of the brownie mix and sort of place it over the top of the caramel.  This part is weird.  You won't fully cover all the caramel and you just kind of plop little pieces all over it.  Like this...


Bake it for about 22 minutes... you will freak out over how much this baby will rise in the oven (that's the cake mix people)!  Then take it out and let it cool.  After about a half an hour place it in the fridge to further cool.  They have to be really really "cooled"  to be able to cut.  Otherwise it's a chocolate/caramel mess!  Also, by this time they have fallen back down a bit to look like below.


Then just enjoy.  Sinking your teeth into these is like taking a walk on the clouds.  Cause you're in heaven!  And don't tell anyone you faked it!  
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