Man-Catcher Brownies


I got this recipe from Ladies’ Home Journal. It was accompanied by a “story behind the recipe” that was really cute.

Short version: The brownies got their name when they caused the girl’s dad to propose to her mom.

Now, I don’t know if they will actually catch you a man, but let me tell you:These are some GOOD brownies.

The picture above shows a slice right out of the oven with a scoop of ice cream. HEAVENLY!!!

(If you wait until later to slice them, they will hold together into squares properly; however, who wants to WAIT for brownies? Not me!)

Anyways, here’s the recipe, and YOU’RE WELCOME.

  • 30-40 Kraft caramels, unwrapped (or a bag of caramel bits)
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk 
  • 1 pkg chocolate cake mix (German chocolate recommended; I used Devil’s food)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Heat oven to 350 and line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper. (I didn’t have parchment, so I used cooking spray on my Pyrex dish and it was fine.)

Melt the caramels with 1/3 of the canned milk in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally, and set aside.

Stir together the cake mix, melted butter, and the rest of the canned milk to form a dough. Press about 1 1/3 cups of the dough into the bottom of the baking dish in an even layer. Bake it until it’s puffed but not cooked through, about 7 minutes.

Remove bottom layer from the oven and pour the caramel sauce evenly on top. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.

Top with the remaining dough, crumbled into bits and scattered. Sprinkle with chopped nuts, if desired. Return it to the oven and bake until puffy and set, about 10-12 more minutes.

Cool completely and cut into squares.


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