Aunt Anne’s Caramel Brownie Bars

26 Jul

caramel brownie bars

First off, yes, Aunt Anne is real (hi Anne!).  As I have mentioned before, my mom has a major sweet tooth and apparently it was passed along to me in the womb.  I can’t really recall any specific dinners she made us growing up, I mean, of course we ate, but nothing too memorable (sorry mom!).  However, when it came to desserts, I can recall more than a dozen delicious, divine desserts that were always in rotation in our house (which is evidenced by my thighs, even to this day).

I am really, really bad at memorizing recipes.  Even basic, simple dinners that I have made a million times, I still need to read a recipe for.  I just have that block going on in my brain.  However, there is one (and really, probably the only one) that I can do without a recipe.  And it’s this one.  I have made this for some many occasions (as my mom has), that it is permanently engrained in my mind.  Which isn’t a bad thing when it concerns a brownie/bar/caramel hybrid.

As a side note: One of the best things about having a baker in the house is being given the beaters to lick.  Hands down.  No matter what is being made, it is the best part of baking time.  I think Chris cried a little when he realized he would have to share the beaters with Ella.  He’s been (pretty) good about sharing them.  Sort of.

 Caramel Brownie Bars

50 caramels

1 can evaporated milk

1 chocolate cake mix

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Melt caramels and 1/3 cup evaporated milk in a double boiler until caramel is completely melted

Caramels

melted caramel

In a bowl, mix together cake mix, 1/3 cup evaporated milk and melted butter (mixture will be somewhat crumbly)

Press half of the cake mixture into a greased 9×13 inch pan; bake for 6 minutes

Remove pan from oven and pour chocolate chips over baked cake mixture; pour caramel mixture over that and crumble the other half of the cake mixture on top

caramel bars

Bake for 15-18 minutes and then refrigerate bars for at least 30 minutes

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One Response to “Aunt Anne’s Caramel Brownie Bars”

  1. Mom July 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    For some unknown reason, German chocolate cake mix does not seem to be available in NY. (Why is that?). If possible, use the German chocolate rather than straight chocolate. This recipe is the only reason a boxed cake mix has ever graced my kitchen.

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