dark chocolate salted caramel brownies

dark chocolate salted caramel brownies

Dark chocolate salted caramel brownies are a delicious, rich dessert your loved ones will devour!

There are few things in the culinary world that I like more than brownies. In fact, I can pretty much resist any treat such as donuts or ice cream…but a well made brownie [especially a dark chocolate brownie] gets me every time!

When I saw this fudge brownie recipe in the America’s Test Kitchen cook book I had to try it.  Like all recipes developed by ATK, this brownie concoction was a winner.  After some tinkering, I created a healthier version of this chewy classic and topped it with homemade caramel bits and sea salt…it was a hit! Enjoy!

dark chocolate salted caramel brownies

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dark chocolate salted caramel brownies

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Ingredients

  • 1 Cup dark chocolate (72% cocoa) – chopped
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup whole wheat flour

Caramel bits

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line an 8 inch square baking dish with aluminum foil.
  3. Spray with cooking spray or grease with butter – set aside.
  4. Combine chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl.
  5. Melt in the microwave for 2 minutes- stop every 30 second and stir.
  6. Continue until chocolate is completely melted.
  7. Whisk in the cocoa powder.
  8. Whisk the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  9. Add the chocolate mixture.
  10. Stir in the flour using a wooden spoon.
  11. Spread the batter into the prepared dish, top with pieces of caramel, and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes.
  12. Check the brownies by inserting a toothpick in the center of the batter, if it comes out clean or with a few crumbs…it’s done!

Caramel bits

  1. Melt sugar and water together in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Cook until the sugar mixture turns light brown – 8-10 minutes
  3. Sugar will start to crystallize on the sides of the saucepan – use a pastry brush dipped in water to clean off the sides of the pan
  4. Add the butter and cream and cook for a few more minutes until you get a deep brown color.
  5. Carefully pour the caramel onto a buttered piece of foil.
  6. Once the caramel cools, cut it into little pieces.

 

dark chocolate salted caramel brownies

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