Caramel Brownies

Today’s recipe is one I have had for years.  I haven’t shared it on the blog before because I figured it was a recipe everyone had.

Well, maybe everyone doesn’t have it but everyone SHOULD have it.

This recipe alone has made me a VERY popular mother with my boys and many of their friends.  This is one of my most requested recipes from my kid’s friends.

I have made batches of these and delivered them to tour buses passing through town.  Mailed them to missionaries.  I have made them, wrapped them in plastic and foil and packed them into my suitcase to deliver them to certain college students.  In other words – they are good!

They are also pretty easy to make because they use a cake mix.  The only hard part of the whole recipe is unwrapping the caramels.  The recipe calls for a bag of those individually wrapped Kraft caramels – the kind you make caramel apples out of.  But these brownies are so good that it is easy to get one of the kids to unwrap them for you with the promise of a warm, gooey caramel brownie.

If you are lucky enough to have a Walmart near your house (I’m not) you may be able to find these…

caramel bits


They look just like chocolate chips but are made out of caramel.  So easy to use – no unwrapping!!! I have only seen them at the Walmart in Provo,  Utah and each time I visit I stock up!!

What better combination than chocolate and caramel – yum!!
Cararmel Brownie

So next time you want to get in good with your children’s friends – make them a batch of Caramel Brownies.  They will love you forever!!
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Caramel Brownies


  • 14 oz package Kraft caramels (about 50) or 1 bag of Caramel Bits
  • 2/3 C evaporated milk, divided
  • 1 box of German Chocolate cake mix
  • 3/4 C butter, melted
  • 1 C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 C chopped nuts, optional. I don't use.


  • Over medium low heat, melt 1/3 C evaporated milk and caramels in a saucepan
  • Grease a 9 x 13 pan
  • Mix cake mix, butter, 1/3 C evaporated milk and nuts (optional)
  • Mix together well
  • Press 1/2 of the dough into bottom of pan
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes
  • Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and spread caramel on top of that
  • Sprinkle remaining dough on top (will not completely cover)
  • Bake 15-18 minutes
  • Can refrigerate to set caramel but we never do!
  • Just eat them warm!!


  1. Nancy says

    I will be making these SOON! I have a bag of caramel bits that I purchased to make caramel apples for Halloween but haven’t been able to find tart apples here in Japan! I’m so happy you posted a recipe using caramel bits! Thanks Leigh Ann!

  2. says

    Ok, so I haven’t made this recipe before. BUT, I have used caramels before, and you’re absolutely right, taking off the wrappers is the most time consuming part! I usually enlist my husband….ie, “the faster we get these caramels unwrapped, the sooner you can eat these delicious brownies I’m baking for you!” Works every time! :)

  3. Loretta says

    I found the caramel bits a couple of years ago @ Safeway in Tigard. Not sure if I’ve seen them again though. Haven’t made these brownies in a long time cause I can’t leave them alone so it’s better not to make them at all!! But they are so yummy!

  4. Tracy says

    These brownies are deeeelish! My son is allergic to nuts and eggs so this is the only “safe” brownie recipe we’ve come across and it’s such a hit in my house. Only thing is they are also called “Hundred Thousand Calorie Bars”… no joke! Thanks for the pointer on finding the caramel bits at Walmart. I’ll have to make a trip to find them. Going to Walmart is a nightmare in my world but if it makes my baking easier, I’ll give it a go!

  5. says

    These brownies look delicious! I just need to invite people over to share them so I don’t eat the whole pan! LOL Thanks for sharing another scrumptious recipe.

  6. Amy says

    Yes this is a great recipe, it’s one that I’ve had for years. I got it from a gourmet catering shop in PA when I was a teenager (only 15 or so short years ago). My only variation is dark chocolate or devils food cake mix.
    My family only ever wants this kind of brownie from me and now my nephew (on a mission in MI) requests them from me there too!

  7. Ann says

    Thanks for the recipe, Leigh Anne! I made the (dreaded) trip to WalMart for the Caramel Bits and it made making the brownies a snap!! I took them to a church workshop and they were gone in minutes. :)

  8. Lisle says

    I’ll have to hunt for the caramels… We’ve made this recipe for years (I won’t tell you the size of my thighs), but I use a Devil’s food cake mix, and I layer some toasted pecans right on top of the caramel and chocolate chips. Soooo yummy! The kids don’t have to eat any if they don’t like the nuts…

    And they freeze VERY well, for those days when you just don’t have anyone to give them to.

  9. Jennifer says

    I just made these this morning and I have a problem…they are like unbaked brownie dough. I even kept them in the oven for 23 minutes the 2nd time because I thought they looked undone. I used one bag of caramel bits. I rechecked the recipe and I used the exact amount of ingredients above. Does anybody have any idea what happened? They definitely do not look like the picture above!

    • says

      Jennifer, I have no idea why they would not cook – they are gooey with the caramel but definitely cooked through. Have you checked the temperature of your oven lately? How thick was the layer of dough you put on top of the caramel?

  10. Catherine says

    Made these for Thanksgiving . . . except (don’t you love it when people say they made your recipe “except”?) . . . I sprinkled some chocolate chips on top when it was done. I thought that it looked like it needed a little something extra, so I sprinkled some (I’m guessing about 1 cup) on top and put it back into the warm (but turned-off) oven for a few minutes. The chocolate chips got a little goey, but it was wonderful! This recipe definitely is one that will be a staple!

    Incidentally, my great aunt Edie used to make these when I was a kid. My grandma has made them a few times; I’m guessing she got Edie’s recipe. I have always loved them! Thanks for taking me back to my childhood . . . and reminding me of a beloved aunt!!!

  11. Tiffany says

    I just made these for enrichment (women’s organization), and they are super yummy! I sprinkled them with toffee bits just to add a little crunch and to hint at the yummy caramel underneath. Thanks for a great recipe!

  12. says

    This is perfect! I have a bag of these caramels I bought on clearance (I think at Walmart out here in Virginia) and I haven’t known what to do with them. Thanks.

  13. Sammy Z. Rokko says

    These brownies were the best!! I followed the recipe exactly!! Thank you so much! I will bake them and give them to my husband when he comes home from the army!!


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