May 10, 2012

Caramel Pecan Brownies

Last Friday I made a delicious baking disaster.  I found this awesome recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe for caramel pecan brownies.  I was excited to make a batch for my family and a batch for my in-laws to bring when I went home this week, but my oven had other plans.  Sometimes that thing just doesn't want to work, and on Friday I kept setting the timer for additional minutes.  After an hour of cooking they were still a mushy mess.  So I decided I would turn up the oven 100 degrees for ten minutes, which ended up being a mistake because the tops burned.  Woops!  

In spite of all of this, these turned out absolutely delicious, and I will have to try to make them another time when my oven is not so moody.  I didn't end up sending a batch to my in-laws because I was too embarrassed with how they turned out (everything my mother-in-law cooks or bakes is amazingly perfect!), but my husband was more than happy with that decision because it left him a whole pan of them to eat while I'm gone this week!

Also, let me just say that anytime I bake the kitchen turns into a hazard zone.  My husband is able to keep things neat and perfect in little bowls when he cooks or bakes, but it's just not possible for me.  I'd like to think in the case of baking the ends justify the means! ;) 

Sometimes I spill.  It's funny because when I took the picture of the messy kitchen I was thinking about how amazing it was that I hadn't spilled anything yet.  Sure enough, 5 minutes later...

And I always, always, always get something on my clothes.  Always. 


For the brownies:

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 12 oz semisweet chocolate chups
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1.5 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

For the caramel filling:

  • 14 oz caramel candies (unwrapped)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

1. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  The recipe calls for you to put foil on the bottom of the pan, but don't do that!  We had such a hard time scraping them out, even after greasing the pan extremely well.  Just spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Combine the chocolate and butter in a mirowave safe bowl and put it in the microwave for one minute intervals, stirring in between, until the mixture is smooth and the chocolate has melted. 
3. Whisk in the sugar, eggs and vanilla, then stir in the flour and salt until everything is combined. 
4. Spread half of the brownie batter in the bottom of the 13x9 pan. Bake for 18 minutes. Take it out of the oven, leave the oven on, and let the brownies cool for about 20 minutes. 
5. While the brownies are cooking, toast the pecans in a medium skillet on medium heat.  Set them aside.  
6. (The recipe says to microwave the caramel and cream, but I did it on the stove top.)  Put caramels and cream in a medium saucepan on medium low heat.  Stir occasionally until combined.  Keep an eye on it so your mixture doesn't burn.  
7. Stir half of the toasted pecans into the caramel mixture. Spread the caramel mixture over the bottom brownie layer.  Put the remaining brownie batter on top of the caramel layer using a spoonful at a time.  Sprinkle the rest of the pecans and the chocolate chips on the brownie layer.  Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Enjoy!  It didn't really bake because of my oven, and I don't have a picture of the end product, but I will tell you that it was still absolutely rich and delicious!  My family ended up just scooping out the gooeyness (with the burnt parts picked off) and putting vanilla ice cream on top.



  1. Haha your baking style sounds just like mine! :) Looks like a delicious recipe!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog yesterday! Sorry I'm replying here - for some reason, I can't reply to comments on my blog :(

    I don't think our Bible study has a set theme, but we started with First and Second Peter this week!

    I've always noticed there aren't many good shopping areas in Greenville whenever I visit my brother and his wife - I'd really miss that too! Thanks for your take on the colored skinny jeans - I'm leaning more in that direction if I find a nice pair!

    1. Haha love it! That sounds awesome, I hope the two of you enjoy it. Have fun this weekend! :)