Caramel Brownies

Ingredients:

For the brownies:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

For the caramel filling:

  • 7 oz. caramel candies, unwrapped
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line a 8×8-inch baking pan with foil and grease the foil well.  Combine the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.  Heat, stirring occasionally, until completely melted and smooth.  (Alternatively, microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted.)  Remove the bowl from the heat.  Whisk in the sugar, eggs and vanilla until incorporated.  Stir in the flour and salt just until combined.  Spread about half of the brownie batter in the bottom of the prepared pan in an even layer.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven, maintaining the oven temperature, and let cool for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile,  make the caramel filling. Combine the caramel candies and cream in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.  Heat, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth.  Immediately spread the caramel mixture over the bottom brownie layer.  Pour the remaining brownie batter over the caramel layer, taking care to pour and spread it evenly. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and bake for 20 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before slicing and serving.  (To speed cooling, chill in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.)

Lift the brownies from the pan using the edges of the foil.  Remove the foil and cut the brownies into individual squares.  Store in an airtight container.

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