Sunday, October 27, 2013

Caramel Brownies

This recipe may be my favorite recipe in the whole world. I've posted it before here, but I've always hated the pictures. So when I made a batch of these amazing brownies for a friend's birthday the other day, I had a little photo session with them before I packed them up for the birthday girl. 

I found this recipe in an old cookbook - one of those cookbooks that hospitals, churches, and schools used to put together for fund raising. You know, the ones where you send in your favorite recipes and all the other members, students, etc put in a recipe then someone types them all up, binds them, then they are sold.

The cookbook called them Gumbas. But what on earth is a Gumba???? They are caramel brownies if you ask me. And they are good. 

Really good.

The only brownie I've made more than once over the last 20 years. And I've made them a lot more than once.

Caramel Brownies

1 package German Chocolate cake mix

3/4 cup melted butter

1/3 cup evaporated milk

1/4 tsp butter flavoring

1/2 tsp vanilla

50 caramels (unwrapped)

1/3 cup evaporated milk

1 cup milk chocolate chips (at least)

1 cup toasted chopped pecans (at least)

Preheat oven to 350
Butter and flour a 9 x 13 pan
Toast pecans for 7 minutes while oven is heating
Unwrap caramels and put them in small sauce pan
Add 1/3 cup evaporated milk to the caramels and cook over medium heat until caramels have melted

Set aside
Mix first 5 ingredients and pour 1/2 in prepared pan.  Spread to cover bottom of pan

Bake for 6 minutes and remove from oven.  It will not look done.  It will be "poofy" but not done
Sprinkle with most of chips and pecans, then drizzle with caramel.  This will deflate the brownies where they have risen but don't worry
Drop the remaining dough in random blobs over the brownies and sprinkle with the remaining chips and pecans.
Bake 16 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool on rack for 30 minutes.

Refrigerate to set caramel.  This takes several hours.  Overnight is best..

Cut into small pieces so they last longer!
Doesn't that just look delicious? 
Try to make them last more than two days.  I'm not sure I ever have.
Oh, if you are someone who would rather see cooking pictures with your instructions you can follow the recipe here.

Man, these pictures are making my mouth water!

Make something wonderful today.


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Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Those do look delicious! Gumba's??? How funny!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Nothing better than chocolate, caramel and pecans! I'd probably eat the whole pan...they look dangerous.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I cannot pass up a recipe with chocolate, caramels and that makes a 9 x 13 pan!! I have an event coming up that these are perfect for! Visiting from Nifty Thrifty Tuesday..

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

OMG! I need one of these with my cup of coffee right now!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Okay, I just looked at the pictures because I am on a diet, but I think I just gained 3 pounds. Thanks, Karen.


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