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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Desserts, Featured | 18 comments

Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Brownies

Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Brownies

I made brownies.  I’m so sorry I made brownies.  Not just any brownies.  I mean just any brownies are great.  Even box brownies are ok with me.  I was a brownie fan until today but these…Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Brownies are evil.  Evil in a way that only food can be.  I’ve created evil brownies.  I’m really sorry.

Salted Caramel Toffee Cream CHeese Brownies

I love salted caramel.  I know you already know that.  It’s a problem, a character flaw almost that I’ve come to accept.  I recently made these Kitchen Sink Monster Cookies and added the store-bought salted caramels and thought I’d use them again.  I normally make my own salted caramel candies both regular with this salted caramel sauce and also flavored candies but it was too simple to grab a box of them pre-made when I was at the store.  If you love it as much as I do, check out this amazing chocolate flour-less roulade or this french toast recipe.  I think it’s about time I made a salted caramel category since there are so many recipes and no end to them in sight.  Thoughts?

As I was making the evil brownies of course I ate part of the batter.  You have to do that as a cook and a food blogger, you know, taste test as you go.  It’s an unwritten rule.  It may even be a written rule somewhere.  I should check that out.  Anyway, I also had to sample the finished product as soon as it came out of the oven to be sure it was cooked all the way.  I then had to eat a whole brownie once they cooled to make sure the ratio of ingredients throughout the brownie was correct.  This is all part of my job you see.

The problem began when the evil brownies started calling me from the other room.  Just whispering at first but then louder and more insistent.  I tried to ignore them but they just kept calling and calling so in order to get them to stop so that I could be productive, I answered and ate another.  Guess what?  They called me again.  At this point I’ve gone deaf from an overdose of chocolate so I think I’m safe for the moment.  I am worried however what tomorrow may bring.  Just look at that evil string of caramel hanging out.  I think he was the loudest of the bunch.

Salted Caramel Cream CHeese Brownies

I would not suggest making the evil brownies.  Well maybe if there’s someone in your life you’re angry or upset with, then maybe make them as a peace offering (hehehe) or if you’re severely underweight.  That would be a good reason.  You could reach your healthy weight by simply standing next to the evil brownies.

I’ll go ahead and share the recipe with you so that you know what goes into creating evil Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Brownies. Consider yourself warned.

Salted Caramel Toffee Cream Cheese Brownies

Salted Caramel Toffee Cream Cheese Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 sticks butter cut into pieces
  • 2 cups sugar plus 1/3 cup sugar (divided)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup salted caramel candies, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 (8 ounce bars) cream cheese

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl stir together flour, salt and cocoa powder and set aside.
  2. In the top of a double boiler (or a metal or glass bowl set on top of a small sauce pan with water in it) melt butter and chopped dark chocolate. Turn off heat.
  3. Whisk in sugar.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk 4 eggs until light and fluffy.
  5. While whisking, add a small amount of chocolate and sugar mixture continually stirring so that the eggs don't begin to cook from the heat. Add another small amount the same way.
  6. Add egg and chocolate mixture to chocolate and sugar mixture and mix well.
  7. Sprinkle flour mixture over the top and fold until it's almost all incorporated.
  8. Add salted caramels and fold until no flour shows.
  9. Pour batter into a buttered 9x13 in dish lined with parchment paper.
  10. In a medium mixing bowl whip one egg with 1/3 cup sugar and cream cheese.
  11. Place dollops of cream cheese mixture on top of the batter and swirl with a knife. Be careful not to swirl too much or you'll mix it completely.
  12. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out almost clean.
  13. Cool completely before cutting.
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18 Comments

  1. Seriously, you are doing this to me even before dinner? OMG! I wish we were neighbors as I would have gladly taken some of these off of your hands.
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    • And I would be running to y’all like my hair was on fire to get them out of my house!! :) How are y’all? Love seeing all your traveling pictures.

  2. What are salted caramel candies? Brand? Thanks! Looks yummy!

    • You can make salted caramels pretty easily. There’s a recipe here but you can find them at pretty much any well stocked grocery. Definitely Whole Foods where I get mine. A box of about 30 or so are less than $9 or $10 dollars. I’m not sure of the brand I got this time. I usually pick up any I see because I love them so much!!!

      • Thanks! Can’t wait to try them!

        • In thinking about it after the fact, I think I will cut the sugar to 1 1/2 cups and not chop the caramels but keep them whole and up them to 1 1/2 cups.

  3. They do look evil! I don’t know if you remember, but I used to tell you that one of the benefits of being the cook was getting to sample all the food while cooking. That is a privilege of only the cook and her helpers. How many days in the gym to work off just one? That should be a warning at the bottom of the recipe, hahaha. It wouldn’t stop me though. I can almost taste them through the computer!

    • It didn’t stop me either! I couldn’t stop eating them! Two of my favorite things, well three! Brownies, cheesecake and salted caramel!

  4. When you say “cream cheese mixture” I assume that’s the egg and 1/3 cup sugar with the cream cheese? You never incorporated the cream cheese into the recipe.

    • Just put these in the oven! I wasn’t able to find salted caramels, but I found of bag of “caramel bits” that were about 1 2/3 cup, so I just used the whole bag. Then I messed up with the cream cheese and only had 8 oz instead of 12 oz, so I mixed the 8 oz of cream cheese with 1/4 cup sugar and an egg. I had more than enough cream cheese mixture to go on top of the brownies. If my altercations go amiss, I’ll make sure to let the people know!

      • The way I mixed the cream cheese mixture turned out great. On the downside, the brownies would not bake. About an inch of the edges cooked but the rest remained like batter. I put them in for an additional 30 minutes and they still didn’t cook. No clue what went wrong. It’s hard to mess this recipe up!

        • I don’t know either? I’ve had several people make them and no one had an issue. Did you use a 9×13? Now I’m stumped.

          • I did use a 9×13 pan! It’s so weird. I have no clue what went wrong. It’s really a very simple recipe. The edges that cooked were soooooo good though! I will definitely try it again one day and hopefully they’ll turn out!

          • Please let me know what happens! Now I want to go make them again myself. They are delicious.

    • Yes. Clearly I messed that part up. I’m glad you were able to decipher what I meant. Sorry! It’t fixed now. Thanks for calling it to my attention. A friend of mine just made these a few weeks ago and never mentioned it!

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