Caramel Brownies (Nut-Free)
I think I have created the perfect brownie. I know, I know – it’s a bold statement. But these brownies have this creamy fudgy-ness that is pretty irresistible. They have just the right amount of chocolate, the perfect texture and density and the caramel adds just a bit of je ne sais quoi. You’ll have to see for yourself.
And, this recipe is a two-for-one special! You can double the caramel recipe and use half for these brownies and save half to use on top of ice cream (or anything else you desire).
When I made the first batch of these brownies, I stirred the caramel sauce into the brownie batter before baking. In the second batch, I poured the caramel on top before I put them in the oven. Seven out of eight of my testers preferred the second batch. They liked the caramelization that gave these brownies a crispy, crackly top. (For the record, I was the eighth tester who preferred the caramel stirred into the batter). Either way, they taste the same.
My daughter has a good friend with whom she has been in the same class since Kindergarten (how often does that happen?). When my daughter celebrated her birthday in Kindergarten, I made brownies for the class. I’m ashamed to admit I made them out of the box. This friend LOVED the brownies so much, she asked that I make them for Maddy’s birthday every year. And so I have. But, this version – from scratch(!) – knocks the socks off boxed brownies.
This friend came over a few weeks ago to spend the day. She asked if we could make brownies. And so we did. We made a homemade, small batch and those girls ate every last crumb. Still, this version is a million times better. The next time this sweet girl comes over, I am going to make her these brownies. And I’m guessing, she’ll ask to move in with us.
When I asked my testers for adjectives describing these brownies, I got:
- “These brownies are too good for words”
- “These are waaaayyyy more than just brownies”
Tell me what you think. I hope you come up with a few more describing words than my testers, who were so absorbed in enjoying these brownies, they forgot what an adjective was!