With Thanksgiving just last week and Christmas less than a month away it is with full hearts (and usually bellies) that many of us get to spend hours making memories with our families. So many of these memories tend to revolve around food and the dinner table. Making cookies with Grandma, Grandpa’s eggnog, and Aunt Lynn’s carrot soufflé. That soufflé is A-maze-ing by the way!!! Also, who doesn’t love getting their favorite candy in their stocking?? For many years my Maternal grandmothers’ favorite candy has been the turtle. The delicious pecan covered in caramel covered in chocolate! So why not take those same ingredients and turn them into a delicious brownie for everyone to enjoy?
What you need:
For the brownie:
- 1 OKB brownie mix, made as directed
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
For the caramel:
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
For the topping:
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup caramel
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
Prepare brownies per package directions and stir in mini chocolate chips and pecans. Bake as directed.
While your brownies are baking you can make your caramel! Or if you are like me, sometimes you can grab a jar from your favorite farmers market vendor, local shop, or retail grocer. Face it, sometimes we just need to make things easier. Well, I know I sure do.
Then again sometimes watching a saucepan full of sugar, butter, and cream turn into rich beautiful caramel is kinda cathartic. Caramel…there is no wrong way!
But if making your own:
Melt sugar in saucepan until clear and amber colored. Sugar will clump until melted so stir frequently.
Once sugar is completely melted and turning amber in color remove from heat and add butter in small chunks stirring until melted. **Adding the butter will cause your sugar to boil. Be careful!!!!
Add heavy cream and stir until well incorporated.
Allow caramel to cool slightly but not too much or it won’t poor.
(Note: Any unused caramel can be stored in an air tight container in the fridge and heated and enjoyed for several weeks.)
Once you remove your brownies from the oven cover them with your mini chocolate chips and pop back in the oven for 1 minute. (if you have turned your oven off, as long as it is still warm, no worries) We just want the chips to melt so we can spread them out 😊
Spread the chocolate chips with a spatula or back of a spoon over the brownies. Sprinkle chocolate with chopped pecans and then pour your caramel over the top.
Let brownies completely cool before cutting or you may have a little bit of a mess. Once the chocolate and caramel have set, you can cut and enjoy. For best results cut with a warm knife and be sure to wipe the knife as needed.