Friday, October 10, 2008

Brownie Week, Day 5

Today is the last day of brownie week here on my blog. I really appreciate all the fun comments and suggestions. I hope we have found a brownie for everyone to enjoy.

Today's brownie features caramel, which was one of the most requested brownie this week! And no, those aren't nuts on top, they are little Kraft caramel bits. Aren't they adorable?!
Chocolate Fudge Brownie with Caramel Icing

1 1/3 C flour
3/4 C cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 C butter
1/2 C brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 C Kraft Caramel Bits, plus some to sprinkle on top

Preheat oven to 325. Grease a 9x13 inch pan. As you can see from the picture, it doesn't make a real thick brownie, so use a smaller pan and adjust cooking time if you are making the brownie without the icing on top.

Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl

Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla in separate bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Add dry ingredients and 1 C caramel bits and mix until well incorporated. The batter will be very thick. Spread in in prepared pan.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick entered in center comes out with moist crumbs attached.

Let cool completely

Caramel Icing

1/2 C butter or margarine
1 C packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C milk
3 C powdered sugar

Melt butter or margarine in sauce pan. Stir in brown sugar and salt. Bring to a hard boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in milk. Return to boil for 1 minute. Cook until lukewarm. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add more milk or powdered sugar to get the desired consistency.

Melt 1 C chocolate chips and drizzle over icing. Sprinkle with caramel bits.

BROWNIE TIP: A lot of people have asked how I cut my brownies. The secret is to cut them with a very sharp knife right after they have chilled in the fridge for 2-3 hours. You get a nice clean cut that way and it does not dry the brownie out in the fridge. It also helps tremendously to line your pan with foil before baking so you can take the whole brownie out in one piece and cut it on a cutting board.

I hope you have enjoyed Brownie Week as much as I have. Please come back and visit my blog often and I would love to see any posts you do on these brownies or any variation of them. Don't forget to enter the giveaway on Monday's post if you haven't already and come back on Monday to see if you've won!

COMING SOON: lots of exercise and some healthy cooking


Funnier than you said...

okay, this is my favorite brownie recipe so far. Mint is a close 2nd. these look very very good. Where did you find the caramel pieces on top? they look good.

Tina said...

Oh my... your baked goods look outstanding!

Doreen said...

Sorry, I am writing again? I messed up and signed in the wrong blog! Doreen

Cakespy said...

Oh my. Like a snickers bar and a brownie had a beautiful baby.

Deborah said...

I don't think I'd be able to choose a favorite out of all of these brownies! Maybe I need to try them all out so that I can really know!!

Steph said...

Just sitting here waiting for my sample.....They look scrumptious!!!

Melanie said...

I love that the brownies this week have been MULTI-layered so you get the best of many flavors. Delicious!

snbjork said...

These brownies look great! So, are you going to exercise enough for the rest of us?? =)

Becky said...

I found your site today and fell in love with Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fudge Bars. Yum! Every week I post a chocoholics recipe, this was right up my ally. Thanks for the yummy recipe.

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Katrina said...

What a way to end the week. I love those little Kraft Caramel Bits. Yum!

Margaret said...

Got on your blog from Amber Hall's. Anything with caramel has got to be wonderful. I'm anxious to try some of these recipes.

Prudy said...

Hats off to you this week! They all look fantastic. I love these caramel ones. Those caramel bits are so handy!

Jenny said...

Wow, this one looks great. I love your brownie week!

Kellie said...

Oh my goodness!!! I just found your blog through some of this and some of that, and I couldn't be more excited!!! I too am a bake-a-holic, it is my favorite way to release stress, maybe it has something to do with eating all the sugar, lol!!! And what a great week to find you...adding you to my blog roll right now. So excited to have found you! Thanks!!!

Kellie said...

I cannot remember where I learned this tip but if you cut brownies with a plastic knife (the disposable type), it cuts right through with no far it has worked on everything I have cut...hope that helps!

Ingrid said...

Hey, I have some of those caramel bits! They are pretty cute!

Your brownies look terrific! Thanks for the recipe and for the tips on cutting the brownies into neat squares. I struggle just to wait until they are cooled to room temp before I cut into those bad boys!

Colleen said...

so those carmel bits, do you find them with the chocolate chips or are they with the candy section? the brownie looks so good. i might just have to go make it. love it