The Brownie That Will Change Your Life

by zesty on March 10, 2010 · 194 comments

Let me start off by saying that viewer discretion is advised for today’s post.  OK now with the story that preludes possibly the greatest brownie I have ever sunk my teeth in thus far in my life.  Last Saturday Mrs. Cooking had a baby shower to attend and she was designated for a dessert/sweet treat for the girls.  Last week was a bit of a zoo and I think I forgot about prepping this dessert until Friday afternoon at work.  After work I did a quick scan for some ideas and came up with a chocolate caramel brownie.  I figured that would be a hit with a “bunch” of girls.

I knew time was tight and I didn’t want to spend all night Friday night to prep a dessert.  With that said, I counted on Google and did a quick chocolate caramel brownie search.  At that point you can say my life may have changed forever.  See below for all the details.

This recipe, I cannot take any credit for and nor will I try as it is compliments of Nestle Toll House and as you can see from the reviews…. I am not the only one that liked them.


  • 1 pkg. (18.25 oz.) chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup chopped nuts ( Optional )
  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
  • 35 (10-oz. pkg.) caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine cake mix and nuts in large bowl. Stir in 2/3 cup evaporated milk and butter (batter will be thick). Spread half of batter into ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

  3. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Heat caramels and remaining evaporated milk in small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until caramels are melted. Sprinkle morsels over brownie; drizzle with caramel mixture.

  5. Drop remaining batter by heaping teaspoon over caramel mixture.

  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set.
  7. Cool in pan on wire rack.

  8. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: The only tip I could recommend for this recipe is too make it at least in double batch form.  It is absolutely amazing.

If you like gooey, chocolate, caramel and oh did I mention brownies…. if so you have to make these TODAY!  As I know a lot of people have great brownie recipes from scratch but too follow this recipe which literally takes 10 minutes to prep, the results are so satisfying.  Girls if you are reading from the shower, let me know what you thought of the brownie in the comments.

Have an awesome Wednesday and let me know if you have any questions concerning this recipe or any other recipe that you see here.



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{ 176 comments… read them below or add one }

1 thepinkpeppercorn

Looks over the top delicious!!! Can’t get much better for sure!


2 Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice)

This is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.



3 Raspberries.

Lol, there is no “god”, silly!


4 Cupcake

LOL, actually there IS a God. SILLY!!!


5 Socrates

I’m glad that’s settled. Thanks for clearing it up for everybody


6 jc

I guess “God” gave me diabetes so I could think about dialysis when I saw these delicious looking brownies. intelligent design of the pancreas… thank god for that!!!


7 rose

this is about brownies and you guys are being dicks about religion. christians and atheists alike, please proceed to get over it.

8 Jorge Adrian

If there was no suffering then we wouldn’t know what happiness is. I’m not trying to insult your condition. But just because you have diabetes doesn’t mean there is no god. If everything in the world was happy and perfect. Then we wouldn’t know what suffering feels like and there would be no need for God. He’s here to help us not to laugh at us.

9 Brian

I believe there is a God, and that He would love these brownies!

10 I am God

I am God guys, of my own religion. Do you honestly believe that out of all the religions in the world, your god is the one who really exists? How naive is that? While I do believe in a higher power, until science can definitively prove where we came from, I do not believe in any form of religion. If we do have an all powerful creator, do you think he is really selfish enough to want us to come and worship him once a week? Religion was made up in a time of uncertainty to keep all hell from breaking loose. We are no longer in that time of uncertainty, and our society would be better off as a whole if we could stop living for somebody in the sky, and start living for each other. While god may or may not exist, RELIGION is the joke. That being said, my aunt has been making these brownies for years, they are the most decadent brownies ever.


Cook the brownies, remove brownies from oven, eat brownies, leave the religious issues in your oven you imbeciles! You must be Americans’!

12 Marisa (Loser for Life)

OH MY! You have no idea how badly I would like to make these today!!! AMAZING!


13 HoneyB

Drool hitting the keyboard Cooking….sometimes something takes us completely by surprise! Glad they turned out so well!


14 JavaChick

I am normally a brownies-from-scratch kind of girl, but you may have just convinced me to buy a cake mix. Those brownies look/sound fantastic!


15 Marianne

Yum! I’d say the only flaw in the recipe is having to unwrap all those damn caramels. But I’m sure it’s worth it.


16 Carroline

Instead of unwraping all the caramels you can buy carmel “chips” and melt them down, they have them in the baking isle and usually have a picture of a dipped apple on the front. It makes this recipe even easier.


17 ZestyCook

@Carroline – Thanks for the heads up on the Caramel chips. I will look for them since un wrapping the caramels were the least fun part of the recipe.


18 Barb R.

I have also made these by just using a caramel sauce. Even easier than the caramel chips.


19 DailyChef

Oh my goodness…these look incredible. Dangerous, but incredible!


20 Jamie

I am so making these for my family. We are huge brownie fans. I love the simplicity of it and I love using boxed cake mixes for quick and simple desserts. Thank you SO much for sharing these. I can’t wait to get the ingredients.


21 Bob

… holy crap. I need to make these, I’m taking this recipe right now.


22 leslie

Ohhhh wow..these do look like mind altering brownies!!!


23 Tay

OMG I’m so excited to try this recipe!!! Looks amazing.


24 Julie

Did you double the ingredients for you 13 x 9 pan?


25 ZestyCook

@Julie – The recipe is not doubled. You just use half the batter to cook the bottom and the remaining batter after the caramel and chocolate. Hope this makes sense.



26 Rachel

I found that I had to double the batter part of the recipe for a 13 x 9 ” pan, but used the same measurements for the chocolate chips, remaining evaporated milk, and caramel.


27 Lainie

Seriously, those look like a pregnant girls DREAM. I was trying not to gain anymore weight…but…I just might have to make an exception now :)


28 kalli@fitandfortysomething

gosh those look so good. who would have thought that was a nestle recipe!


29 Brendan

Ooooh my god. BROWNIES! Had to keep myself from licking the screen they look so good.


30 Adam

Would this work if I substituted a package of dark chocolate mints instead of the caramel? Or would it end up too sweet?


31 Misty

I’m guessing if you wanted to use dark chocolate mints you might need to use unsweetened chocolate if you want to avoid a sugar overdose


32 Laurel

You could try mint chips that are of a similar shape to the caramel chips mentioned earlier.


33 chris

dear god these are brilliant.


34 Phil E. Drifter

Put down the brownie and slowly back away from the table, fatty.


35 Deana

I made these, I made these. They were DIVINE! I knew they would be so I made a double batch. 1 for my hubby and I and 1 for my nieces birthday. They were all gone in less than 24 hours. I will not make them again and keep them in the house, if I do I will need a special door build so I can fit inside!


36 Debra

These look AMAZING! I can;t wait to try and make them!


37 rommel hardian

I still haven’t read a reply yet from someone who has actually baked this intriguing recipe.

I am terribly conflicted because I was just diagnosed with diabetes, and I’ve been ordered off of sugar for the remaining years of my life.

How unjust!


38 Courtney

Ahh geeze, now I want to make a midnight run to the grocery store. So much for not eating after 8PM! My husband may have to restrict me with duct tape. . .


39 Kirsten

I made these and they turned out great. Unfortunately I don’t know where my brains went when I made them, because I kept forgetting to add things and ended up making a huge mess. But…they still turned out. My kitchen on the other hand…

For some reason my Walmart doesn’t carry caramels, very lame.

Also, I recommend to anyone making a double batch, make sure you have two baking pans, otherwise you will have to wait too long. Also, I think it would be easier to mix the batters one at a time, because for me it was hard to eye how much to put in each pan.

Lastly, don’t make a double batch! You will get fat, or sick, or…very satisfied :)


40 ZestyCook

@Kristen – I am glad you loved them. I tend to agree with you on the double batch front!


41 Kristin


Did you look on the candy row at Walmart? I’ve never seen caramels on the baking row, but I have found large bags of caramel chews with the candy.

Hope this helps!


42 bent

Sub Cannabutter for butter !!!!!!!!!


43 Sara Rose

I used to make these every single week while I was pregnant. I added pecans. Trust me, that makes them even more amazing. In fact, I’m having a bad day, so I best be making these today. Thanks!


44 Larry

I found these in a 1950′s cookbook… it called them “knock you nakeds”… and the first time I made them we had to pull the shades! ;)


45 Laura

I’m baking these as I write this. Not sure how they’ll turn out yet. I couldn’t find anything that I could use for caramel as something seperate from chocolate so I used cadbury’s caramel chocolate bites and halved the amount of chocolate chips.

Also, I recommend anyone in england reading this to use victoria tins as the size specifie in the recipe is somewhat impossible to find here…


46 loki

very disappointing. these brownies did not turn out well at all. the chocolate was burned. more like thick cake batter than brownies, which is what they are.


47 Robyn

Worked out great! easy peasy, next time I will substitute dulce du leche for the caramel, and see if that works!


48 Woodrow Kissick

I Love brownies! I am so making these for my family. We are all chocolate lovers though. I dont just have a sweet tooth, I have sweet teeth! Will try to report back on how this turns out, but just looking at the recipe, it seems hard to be disappointed! If anyone likes tropical plants but lives in colder climate or wants to know how to closet grow, then click it.


49 Terra

You can now purchase little caramel bits…one bag is equal to unwrapping all of those caramels!! My family LOVED this recipe!


50 Carla

HI! These brownies look amazing and i´m dying to make them! the thing is i live in Mexico and there is no such thing as “caramels” so i was wondering if you could tell me hoe to make the caramel from scratch.


51 Laurel

A quick Google search turns up several websites for making caramels from scratch, just be sure to have a candy thermometer handy! (A corn syrup free version if you’re so inclined.)
Good luck and happy candymaking!


52 Gwen

Oooohhhh. These sound fabulous. I love the suggestion of adding pecans! Can’t wait to try them. I guess this won’t be making my “Thursday Healthy Recipe” post on my blog!! :-)


53 pegasuslegend

perfectly delicious~


54 AilesdesAnges

Ooo… this is perfect! I used to buy individual caramel-cheesecake brownies once upon a time at Dayton’s. I have, over the years, been able to copy everything except the caramel layer — it always absorbed into the brownie, no matter what I tried — and I never thought of using evaporated milk! Tuxedo brownies here I come!


55 Pete

It’s almost midnight, I’ve been “stumbling” around the internet for an hour, and now I’m starving thanks to this post! Thanks!! BTW, these look awesome!


56 Amber

My husband requested these for his birthday. I’ve seen them before called “Killer Brownies” but I much prefer your name for them. Thanks for the great pictures and the “new” old recipe.


57 Vanessa @ Mom's Menu Planner

Yummy! These look delicious :)


58 Joel

Not to rain on your parade but my family has been making these since I was in high school…. I’m 32 now. And yes they are 150% delicious. They sit like lead in your stomach too…. small price to pay for delicious.


59 ZestyCook

Joel, No raining here – I know I didn’t invent the recipe… I just love it as much as the next person. :)


60 Richard

These look great can’t wait to try!


61 Kham

I’m speechless.


62 Amanda

WOW sounds incredible!


63 Laura

These look SCRUMPTIOUS! One question though, how are they as far as their chewiness factor? I love chewy brownies but since this is based on a cake mix I wasn’t sure how their final texture compares to that of traditional brownies.


64 ZestyCook

These are very chewy Laura… the caramel enhances the chewiness factor :)


65 Margo

Hm, I don’t have evaporated milk… think whipping cream would work?


66 ZestyCook

@Margo – I don’t think it would have the same effect. Do you have Eagle’s Brand milk? That may work well.


67 Cheryl

They smell soooooo good! I’m baking them in the oven right now. Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for the recipe!


68 ZestyCook

Cheryl – Let me know what you think of the finished product.


69 Cheryl

These were absolutely fantastic! Loved the chewiness of them as well. As mentioned, I made them last night and everyone was raving about them today. I think there may be 2 left….haha… Thank you for sharing!


70 Camilleca

I think the caramel in these is the absolute best part! It’s what all the others are missing out on.. Can’t wait to make these again. Maybe next time I’ll actually share with the family.. it didn’t happen on the first go round!
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71 Shennen

i make the same ones…but add salty cashes over the caramel layer…they are always a hit.


72 Xina

I’ve been making this recipe my whole life, originially got it from my great-grandmother! The only difference is that I use german chocolate cake, and it’s absolutely amazing!


73 Valerie

I’m so excited to try them! Theyre in the oven as I’m writing this and the whole house smells amazing… I cant wait! :D


74 ZestyCook

Let me know what you thought of them? I am always curious!


75 Sarah

I’m sure that these brownies are fantastic. But why, oh why are you so obsessed with cake-mix in the US? If you’re gonna bake, why not from scratch? It’s not a big difference, and cheaper and tastier without all the additives.


76 Faye Oliver

Made these today and they turned out perfectly.

Accidentally bought condensed milk rather than evaporated and used it, and still turned out fine.

Couldn’t find caramels, so bought a bag of “toffees”, and only had 24 but that was plenty. Because condensed milk is thicker, the caramel mixture was very thick so i added a splash of milk and it finally gave me a nice creamy, smooth caramel.

Baked for exactly 25 mins and they were perfect. They are very gooey, sticky and chewy….just like every brownie should be!


77 mina

thank you thank u theres no evaporated milk where i live neither caramel so i was thinking i can never try this recipe when iread your comment.thank u 4 sharing your experience


78 bbgg

My life will change forever: I will become OBESE!!!


79 Christopher

isn’t reading a weblog in the shower a little dangerous? lol

I’m going to try these at some point.


80 ahrocks08

this is a staple in my family…for a twist, try white chocolate chips! delicious!


81 ZestyCook

Oh Nice idea…. Would you replace the milk chocolate chips totally or do half and half?


82 elemegibere



83 ZestyCook

Thank you!


84 jdubu2

I am so making these in the morning! thanks for the recipe!


85 quiltersharon

Sorry, I was not impressed with this recipe. The first layer turned out too dry. Maybe 30 min. was too long for the second time in the oven. I LOVE a good brownie and am considered to be a good cook, but will not make this recipe again.


86 Sharon

I was inpatient at removed the 1st layer after 10 minutes and second time in the oven for 20 minutes or until my eyes and nose told me they were done… .I never go by actual cooking time.. always always less.. . especially for brownies..


87 deborah

I’ve made these before for bake sales. The first time I took them, the first person in line bought one, and then turned around and bought the entire pan!

However, I use German Chocolate Cake Mix in mine… will have to try the chocolate!!


88 Avy.

These look perfect. Usually, I mix my brownie batter with small chunks of Cadbury milk chocolate or indeed – white chocolate. It turns out amazing.


89 Hope Smarty

Though I am not one of those chocolate freaks but this one was yummy!


90 Holly

What kind of cake mix do you use? I’m a pretty religiously scratch kind of girl, but I know there are mixes that just call for water, for oil and water, for an egg….. etc


91 ZestyCook

Holly – I have used both Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker. It does not matter as you do not follow the recipe on the cake mix…. you just use the powder so to speak.


92 Tracy

I just made these. Delicious and super easy! Thanks :)


93 ZestyCook

Thanks Tracy!


94 Brittany

They’re called yummy bars. My mom has been making them for years, and her mom before that, so a good like 60 years of yummy bar making in my family. My mom was bringing some to a party once. Her friend (I forget his name, some football guy) accidentally dropped one in the hot sauce for the chips. He ate it anyway and from that day on, my mom was required to bring yummy bars and hot sauce to EVERY greek party.


95 Grace

Oh my gosh. I just made these today for the first time, and they changed my life! Seriously… I followed the recipe, but used 1 C semi-sweet chips & 1 C milk-chocolate chips.

They seemed underdone when I took them out of the oven the second time after 25 min, but definitely take them out even if they dont seem QUITE done. You’ll be happy you did.

Thanks for this recipe! It’s seriously TO-DIE-FOR!


96 ZestyCook

Thanks Grace – Glad you loved them!


97 liudmila



98 (what runs) Lori

Holy lakfjs;dlkfj. That just looks incredible! Wow. And yum. This will have to be made when there are a lot of people around- cause I’d eat the whole thing. ;)


99 Matt

So I made these once and decided to get crazy…I placed strips of bacon on the top for the last few minutes of the bake. (Cooked the bacon first so it was done but still flexable)…….I think I’m in heaven….


100 change your life

Yummy!!!! Yes it will change our life…..


101 veronica

THESE LOOK SO GOOD!!!!! i am going to try these using brownie mix and caramel chips. thanks for the recipe!


102 Catherine

Can you substitute dulce de leche for caramel?


103 Le Stoner Gourmand

Holy Mole-y, these look unbelievable!!


104 Barbara

oh this looks delicious! can’t wait to bake it for the family. Can you imagine putting marihuana in this? It would be absolutely delightful! So expensive I’ll have to sell Tommy’s old gameboy.


105 Sharon

These are FABULOUS!!!! I’m a 5 ingredient or less kinda person so this recipe is perfect for me… They are very easy to make and I would definitely make this again!


106 Holly Day

Indeed, looks and sounds yummy! I’m going to give a try to this brownie recipe that looks quite easy but tasteful to make!


107 Cali Girl

All I can say is WOW! I stumbled upon this recipe last night, and went out and bought all the ingredients today.
I am trying half peanut butter and half white chocolate chips though…. It is cooling as we speak! So excited!


108 Orla

These are the most amazing brownies.. and I’ve got an office full of co-workers who will testify to that! I have to admit that I did make some changes to them.. but the basis was the same and they were AMAXZING!!!!


109 zesty

Thanks Orla!


110 Orla

oops.. I mean they were AMAZING!! :)


111 Abby

instead of Carmel… How bout peanut butter??


112 zesty

@Abby – This is an option that I never thought of for sure.


113 Nick

yes, add also real butter, so your diabete will reach 800ml/dl


114 katie



i couldn’t find caramels so i used butterscotch chips AND IT’S SO SO SO DELICIOUS!

i have to actively try to only eat one at a time!
thanks for this recipe!!


115 pat

I have made these brownies for 30 years! I had a group of friends, all with kids, and when there was a crisis in any of the families…one of us would make these! They eventually got the name “Crisis Brownies” and they softened any crisis immediately, especially if you sat around the table with your friends and ate them all!!


116 שף בבית

brownies are the best food ever


117 betty

omgoodness these look amazing!!!!


118 Nick

These are 1000 calories per piece. It is amazing how Americans are getting so large eating so much fatty food.


119 zesty

@Nick – I think you have to enjoy in moderation.


120 Kara

my mom has this recipie from high school and we dont make them as often as i would like. but, they are most certainly the greatest brownies ever! instead of chocolate cake mix, my mom uses german chocolate cake mix and bakes them for about 15 minutes at first, then adds the chocolate and caramel and remaining batter for only 8 to 10 minutes… makes them soooo gooey and delish! :D


121 lindsay

do you need to actually make the cake mix or just mix the cake powder and the nuts?


122 zesty

@Lindsay – Yeah you use the cake batter as per instructions on the recipe and than bake half of the batter first and than continue on… hope this helps


123 Shapewear

Forget calories, forget diet. If I get hands on one of these, im going to munch them down like theres no tommorrow.


124 Olivia

I found this recipe on StumbleUpon, and it REALLY is the brownie that has changed my life. Seriously, I make these ALL THE TIME. So easy once you get the hang of it, and so so good. I make them for parties, sick friends, presents, everything! These things are absolutely amazing, thank you SO much(:


125 Chrissy

These look AWESOME! Wow, what a brownie!


126 Eleni

OH MY GOD THESE ARE AMAZING. i just made these last night and they are so soft, chocolatey and gooey with the caramel, it is the perfect combination!!! AAAAAH i am def making these again. i love this recipe!


127 Desiree

I would imagine if you added some fleur de sel to the caramel, and a dash of cinnamon or chili powder to the batter, it would just elevate these things to even more greatness!


128 Desiree

Also, I think it’s cute that you say to “cool” these. Psht, yeah, I’m totally gonna wait until they cool to try one. *nods*


129 Andy--01

My wife has been making these for years… they are incredible. One thing she’s found, rather than putting semi-sweet chocolate chips in the middle layer, she has started putting mint chocolate chips. The mint is not overpowering, you still get the caramel and the chocolate. Great addition.


130 cookthegood

I never thought that life is not complete without brownies.


131 Rose

I love this recipe! I found it originally in a book ‘its called a breakup because it’s broken.’ This recipe will make you forget about your Ex. FULLPROOF!


132 Angie @ Bigbearswife

Is it true? will these change my life? I hope so! hee hee I need to try these soon!


133 zesty

Yes :)


134 Laura

I can’t wait to try daughter is allergic to eggs, so this would be great!!


135 Saulius

hello, sorry but could you tell me how to make chocolate cake mix? huh? east europe, sorry but i really dont know, and google just say how to make cake mix


136 zesty

Saulius, I always buy the cake mix at the supermarket. Do you have anything like that available?


137 Saulius

I need to check it more carefully. But i believe that we dont have


138 Ali

I made these last night and brought them to work today. My Mom and I think they are awesome! I used Werther’s Original Soft Chew Caramels. My only “complaint” ;) was that the chocolate chips that were not covered by the top layer of cake mix did not melt but they look amazing and still taste YUMMY! This will be my new favorite recipe. I added walnuts to mine and I don’t see how you could make them without. It gives an amazing contrast in texture! Thanks for this recipe!!


139 Rance Mohanitz

There is no god, silly.


140 VanCityBookGirl

Uhhh Yummmm!!!!!!!!! These look amazing! I need to make these right this instant!
You should definitely check out this cookie recipe:


141 jenny

why not grease the pan?


142 Laura

I just made these and the top cake mix didn’t flatten- stayed clumpy… Strange….but still good! My daughter is allergic to eggs and she likes it!! I had doubts- but it’s really good!


143 Laura

I made these and for some reason they came out like burnt on top and so undercooked in the middle? My hopes and dreams of changing my life were crushed. Why, god? Why?


144 Stefanie

i made these yesterday with my daughters. They’re really easy to make and they’re delicious and gooey. Not life changing or the best I’ve ever had but they’re very good.


145 Andy @ government consolidation loans

These are a favorite in our family and they definitely brighten up the room when they come out of the oven!


146 Jasmine

Just wondering how it would turn out if I used actual brownie mix as opposed to cake mix… sounds more like a brownie to me! But either way I’m making these as soon as possible!!! thank you :)


147 Teeza

Hi, so this looks amazing and I had to feature it on blog (of course giving your site credit) just to share this goodness with everyone I know :) This looks perfect and I cannot wait to make it all for myself! Great job on this post.


148 Marissa

i made these last night and they really did change my life. i will never go back to regular, boring brownies again. thanks for sharing this recipe! soooo yummy!


149 Felicity

This recipe looks so simple but so tasty. I wouldn’t mind adding sea salt to the caramel mixture though.


150 Elaine

Instead of wrapping all those caramels, would it be possible to use the tub of caramel you usually find in the produce section, especially in the fall when caramel apples are made? I have some recipes that call for the caramels too and hate unwrapping them. This recipe definitely looks decadent!


151 Brooke

YUMM so good. Made them for my roommates birthday and they were a hit! only problem…i forgot to add the butter to the cake mix before spreading it in the pan and putting chocolate chips on top. Ended scraping it back out and mixing the butter in with the mix, and chocolate chips. Also, I used a 9 x 9 inch pan because that was all i had. All in all so yummmy!


152 miaJ...

i will definitely try this one…… looks so gooey yummy brownies….thanks for sharing Mr. Cooking….


153 Bakergirl

Zestycook, thanks for the tip on whether or not to also follow the recipe on the cake box, I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to do that as well. These look fantastic, I’ll be trying them this week to bring in for a work potluck!!


154 zesty

Thanks Brook – Let me know how they turn out. These have been to many a potluck so I can’t wait to hear the results


155 Molly Jones

Wow, those look like the perfect “take me away” treat at the office! I could always use a break from my desk job with Pueblo Personal Injury Lawyers!


156 paulina

what kind of caramel can i use???


157 zesty

Paulina, I used the square caramel candies that you have to unwrap. You can usually get them at any grocery store. Hope this helps.


158 Kay Dee

You can sometimes buy blocks of caramel in stores that sell foods and supplies to restaurants and other food service establishments. Or you can buy these blocks online. Such as here:

or here

I’ve made this recipe numerous times and unwrapping all those caramels is, in a word, a drag. But, if you have patience, it’ all good in the end


159 Rita Bonita

Ok, so after reading every single review and dreaming about these brownies, I went to the store and got all the ingredients. Followed instructions and baked these puppies only to find out that I HAD to have done something wrong because my preparation did not look too much like your pics. I then realized that I was using brownie mix and not cake mix!!!!! I didn’t think it would kill the brownies, but it did because all that happened was it made the batter so gooey that I baked them FOREVER because they seemed to never be ready. We’re waiting for them to cool, but I can already tell that they definitely didn’t turn out like the brownies I’d been dreaming of stuffing in my mouth. :-(. So, to the couple of you that said you’d try it with brownie mix…DON’T. And I will definitely HAVE to try these again, just with cake mix this time.


160 Megan

I find that using cake mix for pretty much anything makes it taste 10x better! Except for actual cakes of course ;) Using a box of cake mix for making cookies makes them dense and absolutely fabulous.


161 Fine Chocolate Reviews

How about using chocolate a little bit lovelier, like couverture from Valrhona? ;-)


162 sally @ sallys baking addiction

Z – these brownies look INSANE! who knew such decadent, perfect brownies could come from a chocolate cake mix. love the catchy blog title too – i’ll have to try these out :)


163 EmilyUK

Interesting, Cooking Light had this recipe…wonder who really developed it. I have been making these for about ten years…they are amazing!


164 Marie

My mom has been making these for years and they are my favorite. She uses a german chocolate cake mix instead and adds a little more of the evaporated milk to the remaining batter so she can spread it evenly over the yummy chocolate chips and caramel. A little bit of heaven.


165 Truman

Was looking for a recipe using cake mix to make brownies. Made these yesterday, and they turned out fine. Very simple and easier than I expected. The baking times are just about as they are written in the recipe; when you finally take it out of the oven, they’ll seem kind of gooey, but will settle a bit as they cool. I’ve never made caramel sauce before. I used the Werther’s Original Chewy Caramels, about forty pieces. The caramel sauce was kind of tacky and hard to stir at the beginning, and so I freaked out a little bit, but it turned out silky and beautiful.

That being said, I probably won’t make these again. The texture was good, but they were simply too sweet. Even if you cut both the chocolate morsels and caramel sauce by half, you’re essentially adding candy to a concentrated cake. I’m thinking you’d need a lot of fruit on the side to make this workable, like a sundae or something. Or just make the cake and drizzle the caramel sauce on top. And inb4 “it’s a dessert, what were you expecting?”, you should also know that the entire brownie ends up being 6075 calories (almost half comes from the caramels and chocolate). I’ve never had brownies that were so gooey, rich, and sweet. If you insist on making these, I’d recommend spreading them thinly in a large pan so you can later cut them into tiny little squares.


166 Mandi

hi! do we use hard caramels or soft? sorry if thats a silly question. idk..


167 Edna

I totally love this!!! i´m about to make this for a huge baking sale tomorrow!! fingers crossed!! the only thing is those caramels are a little expensive here, at mexico, so i’m changing those for dulce de leche chews :D wish me luck!!


168 Kay Dee

I first saw this recipe on the back of a box of German chocolate cake – the type of chocolate cake one is traditionally supposed to use. When I made these about 25 years ago for some friends, I was told that they are called “Knock me nakeds”. After I lost my original recipe, I found the recipe by Googling those words online.


169 zesty

so glad you found the recipe again Kay Dee! i love these brownies.


170 Nancy

Made them for my boyfriend, he told me they were the best brownies he’s ever had!


171 Ally

These look great! What brand of cake mix is best to use for this?


172 zesty

I usually choose betty crocker or Duncan Hines


173 Jeannine

A nearly exact recipe to this can be found in “It’s called a breakup because its broken”. The brownies are called Crack Brownies. And oh em gee, they are amazing! I highly recommend them to anyone with a love of sweets!


174 bakeca lecco

omg…looks delicious


175 lulu

looks DELICIOUS. i am so gonna make this. but seriously why are people talking about religion on a freaking cooking site, i dont get it…


176 Melanie

Oh lord, these are luscious, gotta try this recipe SOON!


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