Salted Caramel Brownies


Brownies & Bars Chocolate Desserts Gluten Free High Altitude Sweet & Salty Desserts | Published March 9, 2023 by Mimi Council

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Moist and chewy caramel brownies! These Salted Caramel Brownies are a classic brownie with chewy caramel on top and dusted with flaky sea salt for a sweet and salty dessert that everyone will love.

If you are looking for more brownie recipes, check out my Eggless Chocolate Ganache Brownies, Sourdough Chocolate Chip Brownies, or my Olive Oil Raspberry Brownies.

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When I owned my bake shop, this was a customer favorite. People would ask for these all the time! These simple brownies with chewy caramel on top are a sweet and salty dessert that combines rich and fudgy brownies with chewy salted caramel. These Salted Caramel Brownies start out with a classic soft and chewy brownie and they are topped with homemade chewy salted caramel. This is not caramel sauce people! It’s like making homemade chewy caramel candies on top of brownies!

These chewy caramel brownies are better than just adding caramel sauce to your brownie because traditional caramel sauce can melt into the brownies. It also won’t harden completely, so you can’t stack the brownies or serve them on a platter for a party. They are also incredibly messy if you use caramel sauce on top of brownies. So, this is why it's important to make a different kind of caramel when topping brownies.

That’s what makes these Salted Caramel Brownie so special. In order to have the best chewy caramel brownies experience, you have to make your own caramel candy on top of the brownies! This way, the caramel will set, and you can touch it without getting your hands all sticky. Plus, it’s chewy like your favorite caramel candy, giving these Salted Caramel Brownies a run for everyone else’s money.

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

True Caramel: I make a True Caramel for the top of these brownies. That means I dry burn the sugar to create a caramel flavor, no shortcuts here. The ratios I use create a chewy caramel that sits atop the fudgy brownies.

Rich & Fudgy: These classic brownies are rich and fudgy. I use Dutch cocoa powder for a classic brownie that is only made better with the addition of salted caramel.

Sweet & Salty: The best dessert combo, in my opinion. These Salted Caramel Brownies satisfy both your sweet and salty craving!

Make Ahead: This is a great make ahead dessert, as the caramel has to harden. So, if you want to plan ahead of time, then this is a great recipe to make the night before.

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Ingredients

Costco Kirkland Organic Cane Sugar

La Tourangelle Organic Canola Oil

NuNaturals Organic Dutch Cocoa Powder

Nuts.com Organic Dark Chocolate Chips

Organic Valley Large Eggs

Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour

Lafaza Organic Ground Vanilla Bean

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Small Pot

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the cane sugar, canola oil, cocoa powder, and dark chocolate chips. Pour the boiling water directly on top of the chocolate chips and mix on low on until combined and the chocolate has completely melted and there are no chunks.

Add the egg, flour, vanilla bean, baking powder, and sea salt in that order. Mix on low until combined, do not over mix. Transfer to the prepared pan and spread evenly.

Step 3

Bake for Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to completely in the baking pan. (If you're baking at high altitude, be sure to check the Notes at the bottom of the recipe for high altitude baking instructions).

Step 4

To make the topping: In a small pot, add the cane sugar. Once the sugar on the bottom starts to melt, stir with a high heat spatula to keep from burning. The dry sugar will then sink to the bottom, so it can melt. Sugar clumps will form until the sugar turns into a liquid.

Step 5

Once the sugar has completely melted into a liquid, add the butter. Be careful because steam will rise up quickly. Stir rapidly until the mixture is combined. Once the butter is completely combined, add in the cream a little at a time. Be careful, because the cream is colder than the sugar mixture so more steam will rise up quickly. Stir rapidly to combine completely when each amount of cream is added.

Step 6

Pour the caramel over the top of the brownies. Allow to set until the caramel has cooled completely or overnight. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.

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FAQ's

Do I need a mixer for this recipe?

Nope! You do not need a stand mixer or hand mixer for this recipe. Though, it will make it faster and easier, in my opinion, which is why I always use my mixer. But you can easily make these brownies with a bowl and whisk or wooden spoon!

Can I use another kind of oil?

Yes, if you don’t want to use canola oil you can use coconut oil (if it’s melted) or you can also use extra virgin olive oil or sunflower oil.

Can I use milk chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips?

Yes, if you don’t want to use dark you can swap for milk chocolate chips or semi sweet! Either option will be fine but will change the flavor of the brownies.

What if I don't have vanilla bean?

You can use vanilla extract in place of vanilla bean, but be sure to use 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract for 1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla bean, as vanilla bean is more flavorful so you’ll need to use more vanilla extract in this recipe.

What if I don't have flaky sea salt?

If you don’t have the flaky sea salt, just sprinkle some regular sea salt on top. Totally fine! You’ll still get that amazing sweet and salty flavor! I just prefer the flaky sea salt for the look.

How should I store salted caramel brownies?

Brownies are moist and chewy so they always need to be store in an airtight container. You can wrap them in plastic wrap, use a tupeprware, or a zip bag. They should stay at room temperature so the caramel stays nice and chewy. If you're stacking them in a tupperware, place a piece of parchment paper in between each one so the don't stick.

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Salted Caramel Brownies

Mimi Council
These Salted Caramel Brownies are brownies with chewy caramel on top, making them a sweet and salty dessert that is decadent and irresistible!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 9 brownies
Calories 490 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Batter

Topping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  • To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the cane sugar, canola oil, cocoa powder, and dark chocolate chips. Pour the boiling water directly on top of the chocolate chips and mix on low on until combined and the chocolate has completely melted and there are no chunks.
  • Add the egg, flour, vanilla bean, baking powder, and sea salt in that order. Mix on low until combined, do not over mix. Transfer to the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake for Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to completely in the baking pan.
  • To make the topping: In a small pot, add the cane sugar. Once the sugar on the bottom starts to melt, stir with a high heat spatula to keep from burning. The dry sugar will then sink to the bottom, so it can melt. Sugar clumps will form until the sugar turns into a liquid.
  • Once the sugar has completely melted into a liquid, add the butter. Be careful because steam will rise up quickly. Stir rapidly until the mixture is combined.
  • Once the butter is completely combined, add in the cream a little at a time. Be careful, because the cream is colder than the sugar mixture so more steam will rise up quickly. Stir rapidly to combine completely when each amount of cream is added.
  • Pour the caramel over the top of the brownies. Allow to set until the caramel has cooled completely or overnight.
  • Sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Cut into 9 brownies.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Notes

Gluten Free — Replace the all-purpose flour with a scant 212 grams (1 cups) gluten free flour blend.
High Altitude — Bake at 350°F for 18 to 23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Nutrition

Calories: 490kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 5gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 211mgPotassium: 177mgFiber: 3gSugar: 46gVitamin A: 282IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 2mg
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