Salted Caramel Brownies

The bad news is that these brownies were gobbled up before I could snap a picture.  The good news is that I’ll be making them again VERY soon, so I’ll try to get one then. 

I’ve attemped caramel many times, a few times I even succeeded.  This caramel recipe, however, was the simplest yet.  It hardens, so I’m not sure it’s as versatile as a liquid caramel, but I’m thinking we should definately try it on a sundae!

Salted Caramel Brownies
Adapted from Cooking Light

Ingredients

Brownies:

  • 3.38 ounces all-purpose flour (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. To prepare brownies, combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through baking powder) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Combine 6 tablespoons butter, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add butter mixture to flour mixture; stir to combine. Scrape batter into a 9-inch square metal baking pan lightly coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 19 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

3. To prepare topping, melt 1/4 cup butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons cream; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and powdered sugar; stir with a whisk until smooth. Spread mixture evenly over cooled brownies. Let stand 20 minutes or until set.

4. Combine 2 tablespoons cream and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH for 45 seconds or until melted, stirring after 20 seconds. Stir just until smooth; drizzle over caramel. Sprinkle with sea salt; let stand until set. Cut into squares.

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