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knock you naked brownies

Chocolate and Caramel – doesn’t get much better than that.  When I saw the Pioneer Woman make these brownies on her show, I had to try them.  Since I’m not much a baker, the boxed cake mix drew me in . . . along with the caramels and chocolate chips!!!  These caramel bits are about the greatest invention known to mankind.  I used to shy away from recipes involving caramel melting, because no one I know enjoys unwrapping 60 caramels (the original recipe), so I had to find a better way and I did – Caramel Bits!!!  I ordered a box of 12 on Amazon and gave a few away to friends at work, and am storing the rest for more concoctions using melted caramel.  In fact, one the recipes on the bag will be my next indulgence!!!

•    1 box German Chocolate cake mix
•    1 cup pecans – finely chopped
•    1/3 cup evaporated milk
•    ½ cup melted butter
•    1/3 cup evaporated milk
•    1 ½ packages of Caramel Bits or 60 caramels – unwrapped
•    ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
•    powdered sugar to sprinkle

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix cake mix, pecans and 1/3 cup evaporated milk in large bowl and add melted butter.  Stir until totally combined – mixture will be very thick.

Press half the mixture into a well-greased 8×8 inch square baking pan.

Bake for 9 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

No more unwrapping!!!!  Aren’t these the greatest?

In a double boiler (or heatproof bowl over simmering water), melt caramels with 1/3 cup evaporated milk. 

When melted and smooth, pour over brownie layer. 

Sprinkle chocolate chips over caramel.

On a piece of parchment paper, shape remaining brownie mix into the shape of baking pan. 

Using a spatula, lift off and place on top of caramel/chocolate chips as best as possible.  If pieces come off, you can patch up whatever holes there are.

Bake an additional 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. 

Cover and refrigerate at least 3-4 hours.  Cut into 16 squares and carefully remove from pan. 

Just before serving, sprinkle powdered sugar over them.

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