Chocolate Caramel Brownies

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I live for office parties.  Birthdays, holidays, farewells, sporting events, and basically any other excuse for celebration.  I love work parties because they give me a justification for baking, and since someone else eats the fruits of my labor I don’t have to worry about having 2 dozen cookies staring me in the face every time I walk into my kitchen.

A few of my coworkers were celebrating birthdays in mid-November, so we had a party to celebrate.  I volunteered to make something chocolate and went to work tracking down something delicious looking on pinterest.

I came across these brownies and they looked delicious and easy – always a plus when baking on a weeknight.  They were the perfect combination of fudgy and cakey – moist but not too rich – and the caramel in the middle added a little something extra.  Warning: these are not diet approved….

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Brownies That Will Change Your Life (from Zesty Cook)

  • 1 pkg. (18.25 oz.) chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
  • 35 (10-oz. pkg.) caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Preheat oven to 350° F. Put cake mix in large bowl. Stir in 2/3 cup evaporated milk and butter (batter will be thick). Spread half of batter into ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes.

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Heat caramels and remaining evaporated milk in small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until caramels are melted. Sprinkle morsels over brownie; drizzle with caramel mixture.

Drop remaining batter by heaping teaspoon over caramel mixture – don’t worry if there is space between the mounds of batter, they spreads out quite a bit while cooking.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set.  Cool in pan on wire rack.

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