Tuesday, January 25, 2011

little bit of heaven brownies

Make these. You'll thank me.

When my sister was pregnant with her daughter, we had a baby shower for which I made these brownies.  One of the guests took a bite of hers and declared, "Well, that right there is a little bit of heaven," and since then, that's always how I've thought of these brownies--a little bit of heaven.

They are brownie.  They are chocolate.  They are caramel.  They are divine.  Hungry yet?

Little Bit of Heaven Brownies:
1 box chocolate cake mix (the recipe I have calls for German Chocolate, but any kind of chocolate will do.)
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
Approximately 50 caramels
1 cup chocolate chips (I like semi-sweet, but you can pick your favorite.)

1.  Find a child with nothing to do.  Enlist her help unwrapping all the caramels into a small sauce pan.

2.  While the caramels are being unwrapped, place the butter in a medium-sized bowl and melt it in the microwave it.  (You could of course use softened butter instead of melted, but that would require remembering to get the butter out ahead of time.)

3.  Add 1/3 cup evaporated milk and the chocolate cake mix to the butter.

4.  Mix together with a spoon.

5.  Place half the batter in a 9x13 baking dish, which has been previously prepared either with butter and flour, or baking spray.  Spread evenly along the bottom of the dish.

6.  Bake batter in the dish at 350 degrees for approximately 7 minutes.

7.  While the bottom half of the batter is baking, add 1/3 cup evaporated milk to the unwrapped caramels.

8.  Heat caramels over medium heat until smooth (it will probably boil.)

9.  When the bottom layer of brownie is out of the oven, sprinkle 1 cup chocolate chips on top, and then pour the melted caramel on top of those.

 10.  Spoon the remaining batter on top of the caramel.

11.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.  When you pull it out, batter will still be a little wobbly, but don't worry about it.

12.  Refrigerate for 1 hour, during which time it will solidify.

Serve in small portions because this stuff is rich (and that will leave more for you!!)

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Veronica said...

Oh my gosh, this looks exactly like something my old YW pres used to make but she called it "yummy bars". I think this is the recipe!! Wow, these will be made this week for sure. This is bad that two pregnant ladies keep posting yummy food ideas. Yup, I'll be gaining that 60 poinds for sure!

Hilary said...

This is the second to-die-for dessert recipe I've come across tonight. The week I start my diet, of course :-)
Maybe I'll set this aside and let myself make them when I reach 10 lbs down, and take the majority to neighbors. They look INCREDIBLE! :-)

Allison said...

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!! I will definitely have to try these!
I had a friend in high school that made the BEST caramel brownies and I could never make them like hers. But I think this would top them! Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse party. Always nice to see a new face!

idesign said...

omg!!!!! these look incredible!

Luisa said...

OMDelicious! I'm going to try this for next week's YW's basketball game. I think it's going to lift their spirirts :)

Tonia said...

Eliora actually asked for these the other day. We haven't made them since last January (I think). They have to be divine if a nine year old remembers them from last year.

Elizabeth said...

Those look AMAZING. I need to make them stat! Maybe for Super Bowl! Would love for you to come and visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made With Love Monday! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com