The Country Cook: Gooey Chocolate Caramel Brownies

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Gooey Chocolate Caramel Brownies

I had no idea, all along while I was making and enjoying these AMAZING brownies, that they harbored a secret past. They had a secret life that I knew nothing about. They have always been "Those Gooey Brownies" to me. Little did I know that Ole Gooey here was leading a double life under another name. Going around town, tempting people with it's hidden secret. The other name? Knock Ya Naked Brownies. Say What? For shame! Ha!
Yep, Ole Brownie here was tantalizing folks with a dark promise. That you will get so much delight from these brownies, that your clothes will magically be torn from your body. Well now, I'm here to tell you that you are safe from Brownie's devious, hidden nature. No clothes will be removed without permission.  But Ole Gooey does bring a little party wherever it goes. A little party made just for your mouth. Seriously y'all, these brownies really are THAT good! A soft chocolate brownie surrounding a gooey caramel filling. Well here, I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves. If anyone ends up naked, just remember, it ain't the brownie's fault. 
1 box chocolate cake mix (I like Devil's Food)
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 (11 oz.) bag caramels, unwrapped
1/3 cup evaporated milk
I noticed this past fall that Kraft has come out with caramels made especially for melting. They are called Caramel Bits. If you can find these bags, it makes it so much easier instead of unwrapping a whole bunch of caramels. Because I always have to end up buying two bags of caramels when making this since we eat half the bag just unwrapping them...
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Note: stick with me in the directions here so you get everything layered the proper way. I promise this isn't hard but we do have a few steps to get through first. In a medium bowl, combine cake mix, 1 cup evaporated milk and melted butter. Mix until combined (batter will be thick).
Spread HALF of the batter into the baking pan (we'll use that other half later).
Put baking dish in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. While it is baking, start making your caramel filling. In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat, combine caramels with 1/3 cup evaporated milk.
Stir frequently until caramel is melted and smooth.
When brownie bottom is finished baking (it will only be partially baked), take out of oven and sprinkle with 2 cups chocolate chips.   
Then drizzle with prepared caramel sauce.
I just need a moment to appreciate this. Doesn't that caramel look good?
 Take the rest of the cake batter and drop by the teaspoonful onto caramel layer.
No need to be neat about spreading it out. If you want you can take your spoon and gently cover any big gaps in the topping but most of it will spread while baking. Look at all that caramel peaking through there...these really are so good y'all. 
Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes (until the center is set).
Note: If you'd like to fancy them up a bit, you can dust the top with a bit of powdered sugar.
Printable Recipe Here

Recipe inspired by one from Salt Creek Restaurant in Utah


  1. I've been so curious to try Knock You Naked brownies! But I'd have to come up with another recipe title before sharing with my coworkers! I think I'll use your gooey chocolate caramel title. Thanks :)

  2. Ok, first off, I have missed you!!! I don't know how I have gone so long without coming back to check to see what you are up to. SHAME ON ME!

    Secondly, these brownies look...dangerously good! That caramel, whew!

    Third, I'll be back ;-)

  3. These look... SO GOOD! They are singing to me "Come and make me!". What a great share, thanks.

  4. I love cake mix based recipes and this one rocks it! Thank you!
    Kathi @

  5. Brandie Ann - As MUCH as I LOVE this recipe, even more, I ADORE the fun you add to your posts! I am sure I am not the only one giggling out loud as we read your funny thoughts. Thanks for sharing this fabulous dessert...for me, everything is better GOOEY....but not while naked. ha =) XO

  6. kentuckly lady 717May 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    These look so good, can't wait to make them....why make from scratch when you can use DUNCAN HINES brownie mix and their cake mixes ????
    They are the best :) been using them for me they are much better than any home made cake or brownie.....just sayin :)........

  7. Thanks for sharing this. I used to have a very similar recipe that I lost when I moved. Everybody loves these!

  8. Chocolate and caramel...Yes, this is my kind of party!

  9. I think they make caramel chips now - would that work instead of the melted caramels?

  10. I assume, unlike some of your cake mix recipes that you don't make the cake mix batter on this? Just mix dry out of the box with the evaporated milk etc?

    It seems I print out at least one of your recipes daily...

    Thank you (I think)!!

  11. Do you just use the cake mix, or do you add the eggs and water like the box says?

  12. These look divine! Would I bake them in the same way if putting the mixture into disposable mini cake cases but less time before adding the caramel?


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