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Turtle Caramel Truffle Brownies! <3

Sinfully divine fudgy Turtle Brownies infused with a layer of caramel gooeyness and then topped with lots of chopped pecans, caramel and chocolate chunks. Doesn't get much better than this!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Author: Kim Lange

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 1 pan Ghiradelli Double Chocolate Brownie box mix plus egg, oil & water as directed on box
  • OR Fudgy Brownie Recipe
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Caramel Filling

  • 16 caramels, I used Kraft
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Topping

  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Dark Dove Chocolate, chopped or your favorite chocolate bar (5 Dove Chocolates)
  • 5-6 caramels, I used Kraft

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8" square pan with parchment paper or tin foil; spray with non-stick spray, set aside.
  • Make brownies as directed on boxed package OR make Fudgy Brownie Recipe:
  • Combine butter, sugar, cocoa powder and salt in a large microwaveable glass bowl, and microwave for 15-20 seconds until butter is melted. Mix together with wooden spoon until butter is melted and mixture is combined.
  • After mixture has cooled slightly, add vanilla and mix well.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, and beat in until well mixed.
  • In a separate bowl combine flour and baking powder, and stir to combine.
  • Add flour mixture to batter, and mix together vigorously stirring about 40 strokes until very well combined. 
  • Pour half the batter into prepared pan, spread out evenly and bake for 8 minutes and prepare the caramel Filling.

Caramel Filling

  • Place 16 caramels in microwavable bowl and microwave for 15 seconds, stir, microwave another 15, stir.  Add the cream and stir in until mixed well. If caramel is still not melted, place in microwave 10-15 second increments until melted and smooth. Set aside.
  • Take brownies out of oven and pour the caramel sauce gently on top of the brownie layer, using a spatula to get all the caramel sauce on those brownies.  If caramel sauce is thickened up and not pouring , warm up a 10 seconds or so in microwave.
  • Add reserve brownie mix to the top of the brownies. (Tip: If brownies are still warm, they will spread easier over the caramel, so if they aren't, place them in microwave for 15 seconds or so.  Get the brownies back in the oven.
  • Bake 20 more minutes and take out of oven and place on baking rack. Timing may vary if you use a boxed version, use their timing.  

Toppings

  • Add chopped pecans and chopped chocolate to the top of the brownies.
  • Place 5-6 caramels in microwavable bowl and microwave for 15 seconds, stir, microwave another 15, stir. Add the cream and stir in until mixed well. If caramel is still not melted, place in microwave 10-15 second increments until melted and smooth.
  • Using a spoon, spoon caramel sauce on top of brownies randomly.  Let brownies cool.
  • Lift brownies out using foil overhang, slice, and serve.
  • These are wonderful for the holidays or when you want a heavy duty indulgence.

Notes

Keep brownies stored in fridge or in air-tight sealed container room temp.