Sunday, January 02, 2011

Knock Ya Naked Brownies

Happy New Year!  Hope everyone had a safe and wonderful day.  I must say that the holidays were great and we’re really blessed.  And I’m super happy to say that the boys go back to school on Monday!  Woot woot!

I found these brownies at Mommy's Kitchen, but they seem to be all over the internet.  I was intrigued by their name as well as the gooey caramel oozing from the center of the brownies.  Also, when I saw that the brownies are made with a German chocolate cake mix, I remembered that for some reason I have one in my pantry.  I also had a bag of Kraft caramels, so I knew these would be perfect to make for New Year’s Eve.

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Knock Ya Naked Brownies, adapted from Mommy’s Kitchen

1 package German chocolate cake mix (18.5 oz.)

1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup evaporated milk (divided use)

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 package Kraft caramels, (14 oz.) unwrapped

1 cup chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)

1 cup nuts, chopped (optional)  (I used walnuts)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine dry cake mix, 1/3 cup evaporated milk and melted butter until mixed well.  Press half the dough into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan lined with foil with edges overhanging for easy removal from the pan.  Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray.  Bake for 8 minutes.  Remove to cooling rack.

While the brownie layer is baking, melt the caramels and 1/2 cup evaporated milk in a double boiler.  Once the caramel is smooth, pour all of it over the baked brownies.  Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the caramel.  Chill for about an hour. 

Using the remaining batter, crumble it evenly over the top of the caramel brownies.  Return the pan to the oven and bake for 25 minutes.  Cool completely.  Slice into bars. 

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These are good, especially if you have a cake mix to use.  I think they would even be fine or maybe even better with a chocolate cake mix of any kind, that or I think they’d really be good all made from scratch, kind of like my Caramel Pecan Brownies.

We’re all tuckered out here from staying up past midnight last night.  Sam made it the whole night, but here’ he is about 6 o’clock tonight.

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The holidays are over.  :(  May you have a blessed 2011!

10 comments:

♥peachkins♥ said...

Happy New Year! looking forward to reading more of your posts!

Amanda said...

Happy New Year to you too as well my friend. I'm looking forward to another year with you and seeing what yumminess comes from your kitchen :)

basicallybaked said...

Happy New Year to you and your family! I can't believe how grown up Sam is looking lately, even though he's looked a little sleepy as well. :-)
These brownies sound sooooo good! I love caramel filled brownies!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Funny name! They sound yummy with all of that gooey caramel. :)

Paige said...

My best friend used to make these in college. They were simply called "choco-caramel bars". A pan never lasted very long...I haven't had them in years...

Happy New Year Katrina!

MaryBeth said...

Yummo....I love a good sticky,gooey brownie.

Kerstin said...

Mmm, the caramel in these looks so delightful and I love how easy they are with the cake mix! Happy New Year!

Lisa said...

Oh what a gooey, chocolatey piece of heaven that is. Chocolate is definitely the way to start the new year off right.

Leslie said...

Did those last like 4 seconds in the house? I might have eaten them all!

Natalie said...

I've made these---some of my favorite brownies ever. They stay gooey for days, not that they last that long in our house :)

Happy New Year!