Caramel Filled Brownie Bars

Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE chocolate!  I also love caramel, and I particularly love the two together.  They create a synergy where the sum is even GREATER than the parts.  These brownies are a perfect example.  YUM!

They have coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips in them, but any one (or all) of those things is optional.  If you don’t like coconut, leave it out.  The brownies will still be delicious!
Caramel Filled Brownie Bars

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, then start by making the caramel.

Melt the 1/4 cup butter in a 2 quart sauce pan over medium heat. Add the sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, brown sugar, and salt. Stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil.

Melt the 1/4 cup butter in a 2 quart sauce pan over medium heat. Add the sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, brown sugar, and salt. Stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil.  

Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

Immediately remove from heat, and stir in the vanilla. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

While the caramel is cooling, prepare the brownie base.

Combine the cake mix, melted 2/3 cup butter, milk, and pecans. Stir just to combine.

Combine the cake mix, melted 2/3 cup butter, milk, and pecans. Stir just to combine.

Put half the dough (about 1 1/2 cups) into a 13 x 9 inch baking pan.

Put half the dough (about 1 1/2 cups) into a 13 x 9 inch UNGREASED baking pan.

Using your fingers, press the dough out into an even layer.

Using your fingers, press the dough out into an even layer.  Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes.

Remove from oven.

Remove from oven.

Sprinkle the brownie base with mini chocolate chips.

Sprinkle the brownie base with mini chocolate chips.

Cover the chocolate chips with flaked coconut.

Cover the chocolate chips with flaked coconut.

Pour the caramel over the coconut.

Pour the caramel over the coconut.  Take care not to let it get too close to the edge because it will burn (or get really hard) wherever it touches the pan.

Crumble the remaining dough on top of the caramel. You could use teaspoons for this, but I find it easier to use my fingers.

Crumble the remaining dough on top of the caramel. You could use teaspoons for this, but I find it easier to use my fingers.

Return it to the oven for another 15-20 minutes. (until the brownie portion is slightly dry to the touch.)

Return it to the oven for another 15-20 minutes. (until the brownie portion is slightly dry to the touch.)

It will look like this.

It will look like this.  Cool completely.

Cut into 24 squares.

Cut into 24 squares.

Caramel Filled Brownie Bars
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
INGREDIENTS FOR CARAMEL FILLING
  1. ½ can sweetened condensed milk (7 ounces or ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon)
  2. ½ cup brown sugar
  3. ½ cup light corn syrup
  4. ¼ cup butter
  5. pinch sea salt
  6. ½ teaspoon vanilla
INGREDIENTS FOR BROWNIES
  1. 1 package German Chocolate cake mix
  2. 1/3 cup milk
  3. 2/3 cup butter, melted
  4. ¾ cup chopped pecans
  5. 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  6. 1 cup flaked coconut
DIRECTIONS FOR CARAMEL FILLING
  1. Melt ¼ cup butter in heavy 3 quart sauce pan.
  2. Add sugar, corn syrup, condensed milk, and salt.
  3. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil.
  4. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
  5. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
DIRECTIONS FOR BROWNIES
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine cake mix, 2/3 cup melted butter, milk and pecans. Mix just until combined.
  3. Spread half of the dough in an UNGREASED 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
  4. Bake for 6 minutes, then remove from oven.
  5. Sprinkle chocolate chips then coconut on top of the baked layer.
  6. Drizzle caramel over chocolate chips and coconut.
  7. Crumble remaining dough over caramel. You can do this with 2 teaspoons or with your hands.
  8. Bake another 15-20 minutes, or until the brownie part feels slightly dry to the touch.
  9. Cool completely.
Notes
  1. Makes 24 (2 ½ x 2 inch) bars
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Caramel Filled Brownie Bars