Salted Caramel Brownies

Taking my favorite brownie from good to great by stacking it with some salted caramel.

Salted Caramel Brownies

Salted Caramel Brownies

Yep, I’m totally stuck in a salted caramel rut, although I warned you there would be a mini-onslaught of them. And since posting took bottom priority last week due to work unexpectedly coming down hard and fast like an avalanche, I’ll be posting the remaining salted caramel recipes this week.

I’m keeping this short since I have a week’s worth of baking to catch up on, and honestly, I’m a little tired and rundown.

A few notes:

  • These will keep for 2-3 days; and, in fact taste even better on the second day.
  • I don’t recommend using store bought caramel since it lacks the deep flavors of homemade caramel and you might end up with an overly sweet Salted Caramel Brownie.
  • The brownie recipe is from Alice Medrich and was made with no adaptations.

Salted Caramel Brownies

Brownie portion from Alice Medrich | Preparation: Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Cover 8×8 pan with bake spray.

Ingredients:

Brownie:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

Salted Caramel Layer:

  • 1 large egg
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup salted caramel, homemade (recipe follows)
  • 2 tablespoons flour

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoons of kosher salt

Instructions:

Brownie:

  1. Place butter and chocolate in a double boiler or a bowl over simmering water. Stir frequently until mixture is melted. Remove chocolate mixture from heat and stir in sugar, vanilla and salt. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring until each is incorporated before adding the next. Stir in flour and beat with a wooden spoon until mixture is glossy about 1 minute. Set aside.

Salted Caramel Layer:

  1. Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine.

Assembly:

  1. Measure out ¾ of brownie mixture; set aside. Pour remaining brownie batter into an 11×3 inch pan. Pour salted caramel mixture on top. Pour ¾ cup of brownie on top. Using a skewer softly pull brownie and salted caramel mixture in circular motions throughout the top to create a swirling pattern on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the brownie starts to pull away from the sides of pan.
  2. While brownies are baking prepare ice bath. Fill a pan with ices cubes and water ¾ inch deep (yes, this really does help the brownie). When the brownies are done baking, remove the pan from the oven and place it in the water bath. Allow brownies too cool completely in the water bath.

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce:

1. Add sugar and water into a saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Use a wet brush to remove any crystals that form on the side. Once sugar has dissolved increase heat to high. Now and then, using the handle give the pot a swirl to keep the mixture moving. Do not stir the mixture directly. The mixture will start to bubble after a minute. As the mixture darkens to a medium amber color, approximately 5-7 minutes, add the butter and cream to saucepan. The mixture will bubble wildly. Whisk to combine (bubbles will subside upon cooling). Add salt and stir to combine.

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22 Responses to “Salted Caramel Brownies”

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    alaina — August 17, 2011 @ 6:32 am

    Oh no…you have a snippet of the snickers cheesecake brownies left in this recipe.

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    • Naomi replied: — August 17th, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

      Alaina-Thanks! I fixed it. That’s what happens when you post exhausted! :)

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    Caroline — August 17, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    I’ve recently become a fan of salted caramel. These look like my next venture with baking with it. Yum!!! :)

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 17, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    I’m thinking that people won’t mind about the salted caramel recipes..because, well, salted caramel is awesome :)

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    DessertForTwo — August 17, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    There are a LOT of brownie recipes on the internet these days, but these are the only ones that are literally pulling me into the kitchen. Also, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful photo of brownies! You’re so talented!

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    Blog is the New Black — August 17, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    I have yet to salt any of my sweet treats… looks great, Naomi!

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    Heather — August 17, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

    I have to make these.Yum!

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    Julie — August 17, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

    You kidding? Keep those salted caramel recipes coming! I love it! :)

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    Melissa — August 17, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

    Wow those look so good. I have been looking for a recipe just like this. Going in the save box!

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    Julia — August 17, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

    salt, caramel and chocolate, in 1 bite. Heaven in my mouth!

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    krzystoff — August 18, 2011 @ 5:34 am

    is that salt 1/4 pinch, 1/4 tsp, 1/4 tbs, 1/4 cup ?!?

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    • Naomi replied: — August 18th, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

      Krzystoff-That’s a 1/4 teaspoon. Thanks for asking I have updated the recipe.

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    Reem — August 18, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

    These look so delicious and sexy!!!! Yes it do….. I love hint of salt in caramel and i’m so going to love this……

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — August 18, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

    I adore anything related to salted caramel. Really… how can you not love that combination?

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    Radhika @ foodfor7stages — August 19, 2011 @ 2:22 am

    I haven’t tasted salted caramel yet. After seeing this I realize that I have missed something delicious. Can’t wait to try this.

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    Raejean — August 20, 2011 @ 2:12 am

    I’m a recent fan of salt in my sweets. I even sample something salted caramel at Costco today! I posted your link in my Friday Favorites.

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    Martha — August 20, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    These look absolutely delicious!

    Just to confirm, though… At the start of the recipe, it states, “Cover an 8×8″ pan with spray”. Later on in the recipe, it states, “Pour remaining brownie batter into an 11×3 inch pan.”

    Is the 11×3″ pan supposed to be 8×8″? I just want to make sure before I ruin the recipe.

    Thank you!

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    • Naomi replied: — August 26th, 2011 @ 12:59 am

      Martha-That’s an 11×13 pan not an 8×8 pan. Thanks for asking. I have clarified the recipe.

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    Kathy - Panini Happy — September 9, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

    I’m so making these – salted caramel is the best dessert discovery ever!

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    Ali — May 6, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

    What do you use the sauce for? Is it to go over the brownies? You describe how to make it but then not what to do with it. Also, the pan is still described as 8×8 at the top of the recipe and 11x 13 at the end.

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