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Killer Brownies


chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photoThe most accurate description of Killer Brownies is chocolate gooeyness with peanuts, chocolate chips and caramel.  If that isn’t enough to get you started, I don’t know what is!  To say this is a fudgy brownie is an understatement –  they are more like barely hanging together  hot fudge.

I have included two versions of the caramel.  The first is scratch made caramel and is the best caramel I have ever tasted.  We made tons of it during my 23 years in business.  The color in the first stage is important to the finished product.  After the cream and butter is added a candy thermometer is used for an accurate temperature.  If it is under cooked it will be soft, if over cooked it will be too hard.

The second version uses bought caramels and is quicker, but not as good as the scratch made caramel.  I have included it as a shortcut.

Because the caramel sticks to the pan so badly,  the pan is prepared in such a way as to prevent this so don’t skip a step.

Easy to prepare, easy to eat – these are sure to become a favorite.

Scratch Made Caramel – Make the day before using or earlier in the day of baking.chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo

1/2 cup cold water
3/4 cup sugar (150 grams or 5 1/3 ounces)
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1/2 cup 40% cream, hot
3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Place the water, chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photosugar and corn syrup in a 2 quart saucepan. chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo Stir over heat until the sugar is dissolved completely. Bring to a boil; wash sides of pan down with a natural bristle pastry brush (Do not use a plastic bristle brush as it can melt) dipped in cold water, chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photothen boil without stirring until the mixture becomes a medium golden color.chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo

Off heat, immediately add the butter chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photoand stir until is melted. Pour the cream in all at once and stir. chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo If some of the cream lumps up don’t worry, it will melt down over the heat. Return to medium high heat and bring to a boil. boil to 230 degrees on a candy thermometer. chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo Pour into a bowl. chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo Do not stir at this point as it can become granular if you do. Allow to come to room temperature. Refrigerate for longer storage.

Caramel with store bought candieschocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo

28 caramels such as Kraft
1/4 cup cream
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Unwrap the caramels and place them in a saucepan with the cream and butter.  chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photoHeat over medium heat, stirring often until the butter and caramels are melted and the mixture has come to a boil.  Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo Cool completely before using.

Browniechocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo
1 stick unsalted butter (4 ounces or 114 grams)
6 ounces (170 grams) semi sweet chocolate
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar (10 1/2 ounces or 300 grams)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup flour (3 1/2 ounce or 105 grams)
4 ounces chopped peanuts (114 grams)
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Caramel from above – either one

Line a 9×13 inch pan with foil. Spray it. chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo Line with parchment and spray the parchment.

 

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Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees regular or 300 degrees convection.

Melt the butter and chocolate together until smooth. chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo

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Set aside.

Combine the eggs and sugar in the mixer bowl and beat to mix well. chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo

 

chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photoAdd the butter/chocolate mixture. chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo Beat well. Add the vanilla and flour, beating just to mix. chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photoRemove the bowl from the mixer and stir up from the bottom to make sure it is incorporated.

Stir in the peanuts and milk chocolate chips. chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo Spread evenly into prepared pan.chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo

Microwave caramel briefly to just soften it. Dollop it over the brownies and swirl in.chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo

chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo

chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo

Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes. The brownies will be very wiggly. Cool completely.  Turn brownies out and remove the parchment.  chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo

chocolate brownies bar cookie  food photo

For best cutting, chill to firm up the caramel. Cut and serve at room temperature.

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6 comments to Killer Brownies

  • Ginger Diamond

    Loved the class last night soooooooooooo much!!!! You are a KILLER teacher and always look forward to your sweet creations!!!!! I have all my delicious leftovers to consume at my leisure and like the girls will NOT be having them for breakfast but I can’t promise they won’t give me a little mid morning lift!!!!! :))))

    I was trying to do the printer friendly for the recipe but it came up with the pictures and was wondering if I was doing something wrong! Was wanting to save and send to my girls and keep in my computer!

    Love, love all the recipes!!!!!

    Thank you for being you Helen!!!!!

    • Helen S. Fletcher

      Hi Ginger: So glad you enjoyed the class. It gave me a lift and I do enjoy teaching. Regarding the print friendly, here’s how to remove the photos.
      After you are on the print friendly page, go to the green bar on top and there is a place to check if you want no images. Just check that and it will print out with no photos. Thanks so much for your wonderful support.

    • Helen S. Fletcher

      Hi Natalie: Wait until you try them. These are decadence personified….and they are actually really easy.
      Thanks so much for your comment.

  • bruno

    Yea..the printing is messed up.

    • Helen S. Fletcher

      Hi Bruno: Hope you get a chance to try these. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
      Thanks for commenting.