Salted Caramel Brownies

filed under: Brownies on April 25, 2019

These Salted Caramel Brownies are going to take your brownie game to a whole new level.  Deliciously moist and fudgy brownies topped with an ooey gooey mixture of melted caramel, crushed pretzels, toffee bits, chocolate chips, and sea salt.  You won’t want regular brownies again!  If you are like me and you LOVE brownies, make sure to check out my brownie mix, which is what both this Salted Caramel Brownie and Salted Caramel Brownie Marshmallow Hi-Hat are based on.  This is perfect for gift giving too!  Also, be sure to check out my favorite all-time best brownies, which is perfect for keeping all to yourself!

Salted Caramel Brownies

Salted Caramel Brownies

There is this store by my house that sells these individually wrapped chocolate covered caramels topped with sea salt.  Every time I go there, I look forward to the checkout where I know they are sitting, patiently waiting for me to cave and buy one.  I can barely make it to my car before its gone.  They are seriously mouth-watering.  So that got me thinking.  What if I paired the same thing with one of my favorite desserts, homemade moist and fudgy brownies?  The results were just as I expected.  Glorius.

Caramel Brownies

Salted Caramel Brownies Recipe

To make this recipe you start with a traditional brownie base, my all time favorite brownie mix recipe is the base for this delicious salted caramel brownie.  You can make this up ahead of time by just mixing together the dry ingredients and putting them in an airtight container.  I love to hand this out for gifts too!  To make the brownie mix you will need:

Wet Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla

Dry Ingredients

  • Sugar
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda

How to Make Salted Caramel Brownies

How to Make Salted Caramel Brownies

Brownies are not hard to make, you mix the dry stuff with the wet stuff and bake.  This recipe adds a simple but amazing step at the very end that makes it so over the top amazing!  To make Salted Caramel Brownies start with the brownie base.

Brownie Base

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and vanilla together. Once combined, add in the dry ingredients (sugar, cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking soda).  Pour in the melted butter and mix it until the butter is fully incorporated.  Pour the batter into an 8-inch square baking dish and spread it out evenly in the pan.   Then, top with some of the caramels.*  I like to cut them up and spread them out.  These will bake right into the brownie batter but don’t worry, we are going to make more salted caramel goodness for topping.  Bake these for 25-30 minutes.

*After hearing feedback from readers we want to offer the option of using CARAMEL BITS or caramel sundae sauce IN the brownie. Some mentioned that the caramel pieces hardened after cooling. If using caramel bits simple sprinkle into the brownie batter, if you are using caramel sauce drizzle a thinker layer in the batter. 

How to Make the Salted Caramel Topping

In a microwave-safe bowl, add the remaining caramels, the butter, and the milk.  Head over to the microwave and set it for 30 seconds.  Remove the bowl and stir, and then pop it back in.  You will repeat the 30-second intervals for between 1-3 minutes total until it is all melted together.    Pour this caramel sauce over the top of the cooked brownies.  Top with sea salt, not table salt, make sure to get actual sea salt, I promise it makes a difference!  Follow with chocolate chips, toffee bits, and crushed pretzels.  You will be tempted to dive right in, but I suggest allowing the whole thing to cool completely before you start cutting it up.

Slice of Salted Caramel Brownies with Pretzel

5 from 3 votes
salted caramel pretzel brownies
Salted Caramel Brownies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins

These Salted Caramel Brownies are going to take your brownie game to a whole new level.  Deliciously moist and fudgy brownies topped with an ooey gooey mixture of melted caramel, crushed pretzels, toffee bits, chocolate chips, and sea salt. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Salted Caramel Brownies
Servings: 9
Calories: 388 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • ½  cup  (113g) butter, melted, then cooled
  • large eggs,  room temperature
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup  (200g) granulated sugar
  • ⅓  cup  (40g) cocoa powder sifted
  • ½  cup  (64g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼  teaspoon salt
  • ¼  teaspoon baking powder
Caramel Sauce
  • 14 ounces (1 bag) individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped, divided (please see notes)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup crushed pretzels
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • cup toffee bits
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Melt butter and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat two eggs with the vanilla.
  4. In a medium bowl, add in all dry ingredients. Add in the egg mixture and gently stir into the dry ingredients.

  5. Pour the melted butter into brownie mixture and mix until the butter is no longer separated and the mix is fully combined.

  6. Spread batter in a prepared 8-inch square pan, top with 9 of the caramels in three rows. (Readers suggested CARAMEL BITS - small round caramels instead of the caramel pieces for better melting!) You can cut them in half if you want to spread them out more.

  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Caramel Sauce
  1. Melt remaining caramels, butter, and milk together in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 3 minutes (depending on your microwave).
  2. Pour caramel mixture over warm brownies and top with sea salt (do not use table salt). 

  1. Sprinkle the crushed pretzels, chocolate chips, and toffee bits over top. The chocolate chips should melt a bit, but if they don't pop back into the oven for a few minutes.

  2. Cool a bit before cutting into squares. (Or eat them hot, I love an ooey gooey brownie!)

Recipe Video

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Recipe Notes

A few of you mentioned that after a while the unwrapped caramels in the brownie got harder and it wasn't as easy to eat. A good alternative would be mini baking caramels or using caramel sauce. You won't be able to see as much definition in the final product, but the brownie will still taste delicious!

Looking for More Brownie Recipes?

Make sure to check out some of my favorites!

Beer Brownies

Chocolate Mint Brownies

Zucchini Brownies

Rocky Road Brownies


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  • Kritika kripalani says:

    Shall try brownies

  • Donna says:

    Can you use a brownie mux or choc cake mix instead?

  • Caroline says:

    What about the carmel bits, in a bag…they are by Kraft and are little round balls, unwrapped?

  • Kim says:

    That’s what I was wondering. I bought them and am going to make the brownies with those instead of the wrapped caramels.

  • Jill says:

    Would like to make for a 9×13 pan…. I would double the recipe, but am not sure about bake time. Thoughts.

  • Anne says:

    Yummy to all your up

  • Gwen says:

    Where do you buy or how do you make the Beer Batter Dry Mix for the fish tacos please? And thanks

  • Yolanda says:

    Try melting caramels with sweeten condensed milk and the caramel will not harden. I’m trying your recipe though. Yum!

  • Cecily Pacanin says:


  • Susan Stack says:

    Love yourrecipe’s.
    Everyone that I have made has been a winner.
    Thank you

  • Monica Stevenson says:

    This sounds really wonderful. Can’t wait to make it. Thank you❤