Basement Brownies

These Basement Brownies, also known as the best chocolate caramel brownies, are a big time favorite on

Watch the short video showing you how to make these Basement Brownies, then you can scroll down to the bottom to print out the complete recipe and make them yourself!

Chocolate Caramel Basement Brownies

They’re so easy to make, and there is a great story behind them!

Basement Brownies recipe

I love a recipe with a good story behind it.  My family was recently visiting my brother and sister-in-law in beautiful Colorado.  As usual with my snoopy nature, I scoured my sister-in-law Sarah’s personal recipes with hopes of finding some new treasures to try.  These Basement Brownies caught my eye!

These Chocolate- Caramel brownies are called Basement Brownies because when Sarah was a little girl… she used to make them for her Dad, who used to sneak these brownies into the basement to hide them so he could have them all for himself.

The name, “Basement Brownies” has stuck!  Don’t you love that?!

Ingredients for Basement Brownies
You’ve gotta love a recipe with only 5 ingredients.  Super simple.  They start with a boxed mix… which is not usually my style of baking, but these brownies turn out so awesome that you can’t even tell it starts with a box.

And sometimes starting with a boxed mix is just what we need in our busy day-to-day lives!  It’s okay to take short-cuts once in a while.

How to make basement brownies 

How to Make Basement Brownies:

The caramels are melted with a little bit of evaporated milk to create a caramel sauce.  Sarah says that in-a-pinch she has also used jarred caramel sauce in place of melting your own.

The cake mix is simply combined with evaporated milk and butter.  A portion of the batter is slightly baked, then topped with chocolate chips and caramel, then topped with more batter and baked again.

baked Basement Brownies
The result is not so impressive-looking, right?  Just you wait…!!

Basement Brownies recipe - from
The inside brownie part is slightly gooey, and there are two layers in there that can put anyone into a delightful sugar coma:  one layer of melted chocolate chips and one layer of ooey caramel too.

Oh YEAH.  Basement brownies.  After a few bites of these, I can completely understand how they got their name.

Inspiration for Basement Brownies
And here’s the culprit right here.  This handsome guy is Sarah’s Dad, the brownie lover who gave these guys their deserved name– brownies-so-good-you’ve-gotta-hide-them-in-the-basement!  We understand.  Completely.

Thanks, Sarah… for a great recipe!

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5 from 6 votes

Basement Brownies

The best caramel brownies!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Servings 20 brownies
Calories 347 kcal


  • 50 caramels, unwrapped
  • 15.25 ounces German chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup evaporated milk, divided
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, melted
  • 12 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9x9-inch pan.
  2. Melt caramels and 1/3 cup evaporated milk in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until caramels have completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the dry cake mix, remaining 2/3 cup evaporated milk and butter. Mix by hand until batter is smooth and combined.
  4. Pour a little over 1/2 of the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 8 minutes only and then remove from the oven. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly on top of the partially cooked brownie. Drizzle caramel on top of the chocolate chips. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining batter on top. You probably won't have enough to cover the caramel completely.
  5. Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 18 to 20 minutes until the brownies feel fairly set on top and the edges are lightly browned and crisp. Let the brownies cool completely before cutting. The longer they have time to cool, the more they will firm up.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Basement Brownies
Amount Per Serving (1 brownie)
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 304mg 13%
Potassium 252mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 29g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 5.2%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 10.7%
Iron 11.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Trang wrote:

    Uhhh… yummmmm! Love the filling. Thanks for sharing!

  • Tara wrote:

    Mmm, you totally got me with the caramels!

  • Beth Pierce wrote:

    What a scrumptious dessert recipe! I will definitely be having these for dessert tonight!

  • Stephanie wrote:

    These were phenomenal! Love the caramel inside!!!

  • April wrote:

    OMG these were SO GOOD. All that caramel yumminess…. I can’t wait to make them again!

  • Sally Mabry wrote:

    How set is set? I cooked for over 25 min. Edges crisp but center very giggly. Cooling now. Don’t know if will set up. Any suggestions?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      After 25 minutes, it should be fine (if you used a 9×9-inch pan). How did they turn out?

  • Tony Janicik wrote:

    The instructions state that you can use caramel sauce instead of melting the caramels. How much of the sauce?

    “…Sarah says that in-a-pinch she has also used jarred caramel sauce in place of melting your own. …”

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m not sure how much Sarah uses. She probably just eyeballs it!

  • Deborah wrote:

    Ok the recipe calls for 3/4 cup butter melted – is that 3/4 melted butter or 3/4 butter than you melt lol?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Melt 3/4 cup butter in the microwave, or in a small saucepan.