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Salted Caramel Brownies

Fabulous triple chocolate brownies lavishly topped with homemade salted caramel sauce.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Jennifer from Kitchen Serf

Ingredients

For the Triple Chocolate Brownies

  • 3/4 cup cocoa I used Hershey's
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup strong you can use hot water if you don't like coffee, hot coffee or espresso
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

For the Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

For the Triple Chocolate Brownies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cocoa and baking soda. Blend in 1/3 cup melted butter. Add hot coffee and stir until well blended.
  3. Stir in sugar, eggs and the remaining 1/3 cup melted butter. Add flour, vanilla, and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out of center of brownies somewhat clean. Let cool (for as long as possible) before slicing while you're making the caramel.

For the Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

  1. Make sure you have everything measured and ready at your fingertips before you begin.
  2. Put sugar, water and corn syrup into a large heavy-bottom sauce pan. Bring to a boil while whisking constantly over medium to high heat until sugar has dissolved. Just when you think something has gone wrong the liquid will turn a lovely amber hue, keep whisking away. In a few more seconds, the liquid will turn from amber to caramel, at which point you immediately turn down the heat all the way down but not off. On my stove, this took 10 minutes.
  3. Pour in the cream carefully. The mixture will bubble up so you'll want to stand back. Immediately add the vanilla extract and salt. Whisk until the mixture has combined. Allow to come back to a boil for just one more minute.
  4. Alert: during the 10 minute whisking stage or however long it takes, do not stop stirring, do not take your eyes off the sauce. Don't answer the phone. A moment of inattention can ruin the sauce. Be careful. There's no burn like a sugar burn.
  5. Carefully pour caramel into glass measuring cup. You should have about a half cup.
  6. Pour caramel over brownies and enjoy.
  7. Serve any remaining caramel sauce with sliced fruit, pretzels, chips or your fingers.

Recipe Notes

Could you just go to Trader Joe's and buy a jar of fleur de sel caramel sauce for this recipe? Sure. I'm all for convenience. But, there is nothing like the taste of homemade caramel so at least once, promise me, you'll make it from scratch.