Caramel Brownies

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There are times when you need a dessert, you need it now, you need it QUICK and you don’t want to fuss with a bunch of ingredients. Those are the times when I pull out a good boxed mix and mess with it a little. I grabbed a box of Ghirardelli brownie mix and some chocolate covered Dove candies recently, and combined them to make super simple, no-brainer, almost-embarrassed-to-call-this-a-recipe: Caramel Brownies

I know that there are folks out there who don’t like to bake and who are intimidated by baking and all of the ingredients and terms involved. I love to show people that baking can be fun and that you can be successful no matter what level of kitchen knowledge you possess. But THIS little brownie project– no one can mess this one up. I promise.

You just need two things. You don’t necessarily have to have these brands- just a brownie boxed mix (a good one) and some chocolate-covered caramels.


Follow directions on the box for the brownies- add half of the mix to the pan and then top it with the chocolate-covered caramels.

Then spread the rest of the brownie mix on top of the candy. Bake according to your box instructions (probably about 40 minutes.

Let the brownies cool and then cut.

The great thing is, people will not likely think these are boxed brownies. The chocolate melts into the brownie, making it extra- chocolatey, and the caramel dotted throughout adds the extra special, ooey-goeey, omg component.

I had a lot folks asking me for the recipe when I brought these to a recent event. I was almost embarrassed to tell them how I made them (since I rarely do a boxed mix), but I find that there are a lot of people out there who covet boxed brownie mixes.  Why Not?  Some of them are pretty darn good.  Jazz them up a little and they are that much better too 🙂

Do you grab a mix when you need a quick dessert once in a while?

Caramel Brownies

Super, super easy jazzed up brownie mix to make a delicious caramel brownie. Nothing fancy here!

Yield: 16 to 20 brownies

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 40 min


1 box of your favorite brownie mix (I like the Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie)
25 Dove Caramel- Milk Chocolate candies (unwrapped)- or use another chocolate covered caramel candy


1. Preheat the oven to whatever it says on your brownie mix box (325 degrees F for Ghirardelli). Spray a 9x9-inch metal pan with nonstick spray and then line with a 9x15-inch strip of parchment paper, letting it come up and over two sides. Spray the parchment with nonstick spray too.

2. In a large bowl, prepare your brownie batter as directed on the box. Spread 1/2 of the brownie batter into your prepared pan. Place the chocolate-covered caramels on top in 5 rows of 5. Spoon the remaining brownie batter on top and spread to cover.

3. Bake the brownies as directed on your brownie mix box for a 9x9-inch pan.

4. Let the brownies cool completely and then gently lift the parchment paper and brownies out of the pan and onto a cutting board. Cut into squares and serve!


*I like to chill my brownies before I cut them- you get much cleaner cuts!


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  • Alta wrote:

    Have been looking for a Salted Caramel brownie recipe to spoil a favorite son-in-law. This seems to be the perfect answer, however how do I get the salted part added to it? Could I sprinkle it before baking with sea salt? Would love to have some suggestions.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I think that would be fine!

  • Alex wrote:

    Love love love these!! They are perf for my friends when we hang out!

  • Michelle wrote:

    I’m in love!

  • Lee wrote:

    OMG – these look amazing. My mouth is watering. I’m trying to think up a healthy variation ….. I may have to splurge on these though, or maybe I could try the same thing with my pumpkin brownies. Then again, some recipes just shouldn’t be messed with.

  • Sami wrote:

    I will try this recipe. Sounds toooo good!

    Try mixing in HEATH milk chocolate toffee bits into batter (located where you find chocolate chips) and sprinkle this mixture on top of the brownies before baking. Can also add M & M’s to the top with the HEATH mixture. For less guilt, make the no pudge brownie mix and then add to it.

    HEATH chocolate toffee bits are also good mixed into and on top of oatmeal cookies and ice cream. Enjoy!

  • JenMarie wrote:

    WOw. This is incredible looking. I have done this with york patties, but never with Dove caramels. I am in awe!

  • life is a shoe wrote:

    oh wow, this looks soooooooooo gooooooood!

  • Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen wrote:

    My goodness, I need a pan of these right now! Total chocolate satisfaction!

  • shelly (cookies and cups) wrote:

    Those look insanely delicious!! How did I miss these?!

  • Jody wrote:

    I’m gonna make these and send them to my mom for Valentine’s Day. This is a great recipe, quick and easy.

  • Jaime {sophistimom} wrote:

    Mmmm. I baked those caramel filled Dove candies into cookies before. But the brownies look even better. Thanks for the idea, Lori. 🙂