These gooey bars of chocolaty goodness are a lovely change to an ordinary brownie recipe. Make sure to follow the directions closely and you will end-up with a very special treat! “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”
― Julia Child, My Life in France
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Yield: one 13X9″ baking pan
- 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup (56 grams) diced cold butter
- 1 1/2 cups (300 grams) sugar
- 1 cup (80 grams) cocoa
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (168 grams) melted butter
- 5 oz (1 small) can evaporated milk
- 14 oz caramels, unwrapped
- 1 1/2 cups (226 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 12-14 extra caramels
- Heat the oven to 350F.
- Line a 13X9 baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a food processor add the flour and cold diced butter. Pulse a few more times until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs and all the butter is cut in. You can also use a pastry blender, a fork or rub the butter and flour with your hands.
- Add the sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and whisk to combine.
- In a large mixing bowl add the dry ingredients mix and pout the melted butter on top. Add 1/3 cup of the evaporated milk and mix until well combined. The dough it’s going to be similar to a light crumby cookie dough.
- Spread 2/3 of the dough in the prepared baking pan and set aside. Refrigerate the remaining dough until needed.
- In a small saucepan place the remaining evaporated milk and the unwrapped caramels. Stir continuously over low heat until the caramels are melted. Pout over the cookie dough base.
- Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the caramel layer.
- Take the remaining cookie dough out of the fridge and crumble it on top of the chocolate chips.
- Top with the remaining caramels.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- It may seem bubbly and undone but once cooled the caramel and chocolate layers will set.
- Cool completely in the pan before cutting into bars.