Here’s what I know… making caramel squares is not my calling. Yikes! These puppies are hard to make. Last weekend, I attempted them twice. Twice I failed. The first was a complete waste. The second batch I was able to save. They were too soft to wrap but I knew I could find a use for it.
I should be able to make caramel if we’re going to unintentionally promote it. As we’ve said before, we didn’t name our blog “Caramel Living” because we have an obsession with caramel.
Last week I contemplated how I would use this too-soft caramel. I had several thoughts… pancakes, ice cream, caramel apple pizza (a recipe provided at our caramel party) and so on and so forth. I was suddenly excited to bake something with this caramel.
I decided on making a combination of bars. One half would be brownie. The other half would be chocolate chip cookie. A layer of caramel would divide them. The rest is history.
Brownies (Adapted from: Allrecipes):
*you can also use Cara's recipe
2 sticks melted butter
1 ½ C white sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 C flour
2/3 C unsweetened cocoa
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
Mix together butter, sugar and vanilla. Next add eggs, one at a time, mixing in between. Set aside.
Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Gradually mix flour mixture into butter mixture.
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 9x13 baking pan. Spread the brownie mix evenly into the pan. Set aside.
|Spread brownie dough|
Let’s get the cookies dough ready.
I cut my normal recipe in half.
1 1/3 C flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
Just under ½ C white sugar
Just under ½ C brown sugar
1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
½ tsp vanilla
½ - ¾ C chocolate chips
Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside
Mix together white sugar, brown sugar and butter. Next add vanilla and mix. Add egg and mix. Add chocolate chips and mix. Gradually mix flour mixture into the sugar mixture.
For the caramel sauce, try Cara’s homemade recipe.
Now it’s time to bring it all together. If your caramel is thick, warm it just enough to make it easy to pour over the brownie mix. I warmed mine for about 35 seconds.
|Pour caramel over brownie dough|
Now let’s add the cookie dough. I took a handful of the dough and used my hands to gently pull and press it out (before adding it to the pan). Next I laid the dough throughout the pan, leaving caramel rivers here and there.
|Lay cookie dough over caramel|
Bake the bars for 30-40 minutes.