Sunday, January 18, 2009

Knock You Naked Brownies

This weekend we had a game night at our house. Friends came over, we made quesadillas, enjoyed fiesta dip, spanish rice, chips & salsa, red & white sangrias for dinner, with cheesecake and knock you naked brownies for dessert. I love board games and had so much fun playing all night! Thanks for coming over guys. I can't wait to do it again!

I'm not sure where this recipe originated. I have had it written on an index card for a few years in my recipe box. After doing a little googling, it seems like this recipe is everywhere online. I did find a note on one website that supposedly this recipe originated at the Salt Creek Restaurant in Breckenridge, Colorado.

These are my new favorite brownie. I wasn't sure about brownies from a cake mix, but they were really easy to put together and didn't require many ingredients - always a plus to me. They are super sweet, chewy and caramelly. I loved the chocolate chips layered on top of the caramel. I'd say these brownies might be too rich for some, but to me, there is no such thing as too rich.

One tip I will give - as I was making these, I didn't think there was going to be enough of the cake mixture to spread on top of the caramel, but it didn't matter. Just drop spoonfuls on top and smooth it the best you can. It's not easy, but once they came out of the oven, I couldn't even tell it might have been a problem. Love these!

1 package German chocolate cake mix (18.5 oz)
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup + 1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup melted butter
60 vanilla caramels unwrapped (one 14 oz package)
1 cup chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, combine dry cake mix, nuts, 1/3 cup evaporated milk and melted butter. Press half of the batter into the bottom of a greased 13x9x2 inch glass baking dish. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8 minutes. In the microwave or top of a double boiler melt caramels with remaining 1/2 cup evaporated milk. When caramel mixture is well mixed, pour over baked layer. Cover with chocolate chips. Chill for about an hour or until the caramel is hard. Press the remaining batter on top of morsels. Return to oven and bake 18 minutes. Let cool before cutting.


Kelsey said...

Oh wow. Love the name, love the picture, will love the brownies. Great post!

Bridget said...

Oh, yeah...this is my favorite brownie...and might be my favorite dessert. We called them caramel brownies growing up...they are DIVINE!!!

Megan C. said...

These are some of my favorites!

Penny said...

Hmmmmmmm no question that I will love these. I just need to find a good place to hide them!

bensbaby116 said...

lol Great name for a brownie! :)

Joelen said...

Looks like a fabulous brownie!

ashley said...

LOL! what a great name! the look great!

Colleen said...

These look delicious - and I love the name!

TPOX said...

My husband LOVES these brownies and I make them all the time! (I found the recipe forever ago here - http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/detail.aspx?ID=28703#). If you ever want to try them with a real brownie recipe instead of the box cake, I found that the recipe from Baking Illustrated works quite well!

Melissa said...

Very Best Baking is one of my favorite sites - I'm surprised I missed it there! Thanks for the tip about Baking Illustrated. I'll have to try it next time.

Jared said...

I'm gonna have to try those without the nuts.

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