Tastefully Simple Saturday!: Caramel Fudge Brownies

Happy Saturday! Happy February!

Today I’m starting a new series for my blog called Tastefully Simple Saturdays! For any of you who might not know, I’m a relatively new Tastefully Simple consultant (I started in November) and I thought, what better way to share some of the really delicious food I sell than to post recipes on a weekly basis? And now, here we are!

So because it’s officially February and Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, I wanted to start with something sweet. As a chocolate fan, my first thought was to do something with Truffle Fudge Brownie mix, which I happened to have a package of in my pantry…and then my second thought was, I’m craving caramel. So why not do both? Caramel and chocolate go very well together! It was from there that the idea for Caramel Fudge Brownies was born.

Now this recipe is so simple, your “I don’t cook” husband could make them for you as a Valentine’s Day treat. You could make them for your kids’ bake sales. You could even offer them up at your Super Bowl parties, if you happen to have the Truffle Fudge Brownie mix in your house. You only need a few ingredients!

That’s literally it — I really meant what I said when I mentioned that this couldn’t be any easier. Ready to get started? Preheat your oven to 350* and let’s roll!

Okay, so first you’ll need to combine your Truffle Fudge Brownie mix with the two eggs and the melted butter in a large bowl, like so…

…and give them a good stir. Hello, chocolate. Oh, and you see those chocolate chunks in the batter? That’s not something I added and forgot to tell you about — the chunks are in the Truffle Fudge Brownie mix!

Now that your batter is mixed, you should melt your caramels. You could place them in a saucepan and melt them over low heat with a teaspoon or so of water, or you could put the caramels (as few or as many as you want — I used the whole bag) into a bowl with a teaspoon of water and microwave them at 30-second increments, stirring after each cycle, until they’re melted. So here they are, all hanging out in the bowl:

And when they’re melted, the sauce should look like this:

Have I mentioned how much I love caramel?

Now, you have a choice to make regarding the caramel sauce. You have three options here:
1. You could swirl the sauce into your brownie batter with a spoon once it’s in the baking dish;
2. You could wait until after the brownies are done baking, and then pour the caramel sauce over the top like a frosting (and if you choose this option, you should hold off on melting the caramels until the brownies are done baking so the sauce doesn’t stiffen up); or
3. You could pour the caramel sauce into the batter and bake everything all together.

I’m going with option #3! Chocolate, caramel. Caramel, chocolate.

I’m going to mix you two together, so go on and give each other a hug.

I should really write a book called Chocolate and Caramel Are Friends. Would any of you read it?

Anyway, now it’s time to bake! How you bake your brownies will depend on how you chose to use the caramel.
1. For caramel swirl brownies (option #1 above), bake 30-35 minutes, or until the brownies are set and a toothpick comes out clean.
2. For caramel frosting (option #2 above), bake 30 minutes (as directed on the package), or until the brownies are set and a toothpick comes out clean.
3. For caramel fudge brownies (option #3 above — the one I’m showing you here), bake 40-45 minutes, or until the….you get the picture.

And don’t forget to grease your pan with butter or cooking spray before you pour in the batter, or the brownies WILL stick!

Pop your brownies in the oven and walk away for a while. Now you can go fold laundry (yay), read a book (yay!), or hang out with your family (YAY!).

My oven’s beeping! The brownies are done! Big yay!!

Take them out of the oven, let them cool, and add your caramel sauce if you haven’t already. Once they’re fully cooled, cut them up and plate one for yourself.

Hello, gorgeous.

There’s no way I’m eating this without a glass of milk on the side.

Actually, it looks like I’m not eating this at all. Joshua the brownie thief is here! Yeah, you enjoy that, kiddo…

Thanks for checking out my first-ever Tastefully Simple Saturday! I’ll be back next week with another easy and delicious recipe for you. Happy Saturday!!

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