These mega-indulgent Chocolate Fudge Caramel Swirl Brownies are going to be your new go-to for the holiday season and beyond!
Have you ever seen anything more beautiful in your life? These Chocolate Fudge Caramel Swirl Brownies deserve all the heart eyes emojis and more! If you are a chocoholic who likes the occasional salty caramel thrown in, then you’ll absolutely love these.
It may only be mid-September, but I’m already dreaming up all of the holiday recipes. I’m so sorry to be one of those people, but I’m happy to see summer leave and fall arrive. I don’t know really what prompted me to make these brownies, but something just came over me one day and I decided that I needed to bake. Anyone who loves to bake will understand that feeling. Sometimes you just feel led to preheat that oven and the rest is history. Since my favorite brownies weren’t enough obviously, I decided to make them very over the top with a layer of classic chocolate fudge and a salted caramel swirl. You’re welcome!
P.S. I have two announcements. Tomorrow, Today, or someday in the past depending on when you’re reading this, I’ll be taking over the Allrecipes Instagram page! September 12th, 2017 to be exact. This is so exciting!!! I have been faithfully using recipes from the Allrecipes website for what seems like a gazillion years. When I first started cooking, they were the only website that I knew I could trust for amazing user-review recipes. Heck, I’m sure I’ve even used a few brownie recipes from the site! This is definitely one of those “pinch me” moments because I’m a total fangirl, and I’m so pleased that they noticed me and loved my work. Go follow them and see more tips on this recipe! And while you’re at it, be sure to follow ME on Instagram as well!
The second announcement is that this Saturday, September 16th, I’ll be providing brunch for the Brunch + Flow Yoga charity event benefitting the Center for Women and Families. The event is being hosted by NeatBeat Salon and there will be yoga, a motivational speech, mimosas, coffee, and brunch from yours truly! If you like food and yoga and want to participate for a GREAT cause, you can call 502-553-1262 or check out the event on Facebook! Be sure to tell them I sent you!
Be sure to save this recipe to your Pinterest, because you’re definitely going to want it come Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!
- 3 ounces unsweetened bakers chocolate, chopped
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1⅓ cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
- ½ teaspoon Maldon sea salt, plus extra for sprinkling on top
- ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 14 oz can full-fat sweetened condensed milk
- 25 caramels, unwrapped
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch square baking pan with parchment or foil and spray with a nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium heatproof bowl over gently simmering water, melt chocolate and butter together until smooth. Take the bowl off the heat. Whisk in sugar, then eggs, one at a time, then 1 tsp vanilla and salt. Stir in flour with a rubber spatula and pour the batter into prepared pan, spreading until it's even. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out batter-free. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan, on a wire rack until cool to the touch. While the brownies are cooling, prepare the fudge and caramel.
- Combine the chocolate chips and the sweetened condensed milk in another heatproof bowl. Place over a pan of simmering water, and stir until the chocolate is completely melted and sweetened condensed milk is incorporated. Stir in remaining 2 tsp of vanilla extract.
- Pour over the top of the cooled brownies, smoothing until flat.
- Quickly rinse out and dry the bowl. Combine the unwrapped caramels and heavy cream in the bowl. Follow the same stovetop melting directions or microwave for 30 seconds then stir for 30 seconds. Return the mixture to the microwave and microwave in bursts of 15 seconds stirring for 30 seconds in between until completely melted.
- When the caramel sauce is melted and smooth, pour over the chocolate fudge evenly. If you want a chocolate caramel swirl fudge like I did for the photos, prepare the two layers at the same time, lay down the chocolate fudge, and then immediately pour the caramel over in vertical lines. Use a butter knife swirl the layers together.
- If desired, top the caramel with sea salt. (highly recommended)
- Cover tightly and place in the fridge to set up overnight or at least an hour and a half.
- When you're ready to serve, cut the brownies with a sharp knife. You can also wet it with hot water if it's too hard to cut into.
- Store any leftover brownies in an airtight container in the fridge.