Gooey Caramel Brownies
My husband said these are the best brownies he's ever had. He says that a lot, "This is the best dinner you've ever made.", "This is the best pasta I've ever had.", etc. I don't always trust that the item is truly the best he's ever had, a sort of "cry wolf" scenario. But I do believe him on these brownies. They are really that good. Here's the skinny (yes I realize what an oxymoron of a statement that is)...
1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
1/3 + 1/2 cup evaporated milk (divided)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 14 oz package whole caramels, unwrapped
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together cake mix, chopped nuts, 1/3 cup evaporated milk, & butter. Stir together until well combined.
Press half of the mixture into a greased 9 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake for 8 minutes & remove from oven, set aside.
Using the double boiler method melt the caramels & 1/2 cup evaporated milk until smooth & pourable (is that a word?). Evenly spread caramel sauce over the pre-baked brownies. Evenly sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Chill for about 1 hour, or until caramel is hard.
Evenly press remaining brownie batter on top. Return to the oven & bake for about 20-25 minutes. Let cool at room temperature for about 2 hours. Sprinkle top generously with powdered sugar, cut into pieces, & enjoy!
*In the recipe pictured I did not use the total amount of caramels, because I didn't have 'em & I was too lazy to go to the store. But there will be a definitive layer of caramel in the center if you use the whole amount listed.