Salted Caramel Brownies are moist and fudgy brownies with a caramel swirl and topped with more chocolate, caramel, and sea salt. If you just want a perfect pan of brownies, be sure to try my best brownies recipe!

Salted Caramel Brownies

It starts with fudgy brownies in this recipe, which is where my brownie mix comes in. It’s the same base I used for my Salted Caramel Brownie Marshmallow Hi-Hat treat. I love chocolate-covered caramels with sea salt, so that got me thinking.  What if I paired the same thing with one of my favorite desserts, the brownie? Well, it’s what I expected…glorious!

Salted Caramel Brownies with Bite Taken Out

Brownies Ingredients

There are three parts to this recipe–brownies, caramel swirl, and toppings.

Brownies: As I stated, the brownies are made from my brownie mix. 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! 

CaramelYou will need a cup of caramel bits for this recipe, or 5 1/2 ounces if using other sized caramels. The caramel will be melted with heavy cream. Most will be used as the swirl in the brownies, with a little bit reserved for the topping.

Heavy Cream: Heavy cream is at least 30% fat (as opposed to half and half, which is only 10-18% fat).

Chocolate Chips: Yes, I even added more chocolate to the brownies. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Salt: To give this dessert a salted caramel flavor, don’t forget to sprinkle some flaky sea salt over the chocolate and caramel. You could also use other coarse ground salts like kosher salt or Himalayan pink sea salt.

Adding Caramel to Brownies and then Swirling the Caramel into the Batter with a Knife

Brownie Base

Brownies are not hard to make; you mix the dry stuff with the wet stuff and bake. To make Salted Caramel Brownies start with the 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. 

Spreading Chocolate Chips on Warm Brownies

How to Make Salted Caramel Brownies

Once the brownie batter is in the pan, melt the caramel bits with the heavy cream in the microwave. After the caramel is melted, reserve 1-2 tablespoons to use as the topping. Pour the rest of the caramel over the pan of brownie batter. Use a knife to swirl the caramel into the batter.

Bake the brownies for 30-35 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few crumbs, but no wet batter. When you remove the brownies from the oven, top with the chocolate chips. Let the chocolate sit on the brownies for a minute or two to melt a bit.

Then, spread the chocolate on top of the brownies. Finally, top the brownies with the reserved caramel and sea salt. If the caramel has hardened, simply pop it back into the microwave to melt it again.

Spatula Picking up a Salted Caramel Brownie
5 from 5 votes

Salted Caramel Brownies

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Salted Caramel Brownies are moist and fudgy brownies with a caramel swirl and topped with more chocolate, caramel, and sea salt.

Ingredients

Brownies

  • ½  cup  (1 stick, 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 kosher salt
  • ¼  teaspoon baking powder

Caramel Swirl

  • 1 cup (5.5 ounces) caramel bits
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

Toppings

  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (or more depending on preference)

Instructions

Brownie

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Melt butter and set aside to cool slightly.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk two eggs with the vanilla.
  • In a separate medium bowl, add in all dry ingredients. Gently stir the egg mixture into the dry ingredients.
  • Pour the melted butter into the brownie mixture and mix until the butter is no longer separated and the mix is fully combined.
  • Spread batter into the prepared 8-inch square pan. Set aside as you melt the caramel.

Caramel Swirl

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the caramels with the heavy cream in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until smooth.
  • Reserve 1-2 tablespoons of the caramel. Pour the rest of the caramel evenly over the brownie batter. Use a knife to swirl the caramel into the batter.
  • Bake the brownies for 30-35 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few crumbs, but no wet batter.

Toppings

  • After removing the brownies from the oven, immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Let the chocolate sit for a minute or two to melt. Then, using a knife or offset spatula, spread the chocolate over the brownies.
  • Top with the reserved caramel sauce and sea salt. (If the caramel has hardened, simply warm it up in the microwave.)
  • Let the brownies cool a bit before cutting into squares.

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Reader Comments

  1. Due to isolation at the moment
    I dont have caramel of any sort at home
    Can we make our own salted caramel

  2. Killer, I had some crunchy sea salt crystals, perfect. Cakes and fudgy all at once. I needed to spray my pan better!

  3. Oh my God I was try this recipe. It was awesome, superb taste & very easy to make. Love it. Thank you so much 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  4. So this recipe is a little different than the 2019 one- with pretzels and toffee bits on top? I found that old video and the list of ingredients – but no directions- for that one.

    1. Hi Kerri – I listened closely to reader feedback and folks said that the caramel doesn’t soften and is hard to eat in the final product. I updated the recipe to be better. 🙂

  5. I am probably too lazy to make this for just me, but I did gain 5 pounds just reading the recipe! Looks so Yummm!

  6. I absolutely loved the old recipe, I always left out the caramels inside the actual brownie, but everything else was perfect, I’m very disappointed to not be able to find the original recipe. Is there any way I can see that one again?

    1. HI Rachelle! I think you are the only one that liked it LOL You can use wayback timemachine . com (no spaces) and search that recipe and you should be able to see the old one. 🙂

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