Caramel Brownies #SundaySupper

Caramel Brownies #SundaySupper

Did you hear about the Farmers’ Almanac predictions for this winter?  It was all over the news.  I tried to shield my ears from it, but the words “biting cold” and “piercing cold” made it through, along with a prediction for a massive snowstorm Super Bowl weekend.  Sounds like this winter could be a special kind of horrible. 

Luckily, the local and national meteorologists have been questioning whether these super long range forecasts have much validity.  It’s good to hear professionals wonder if these could possibly be accurate.  I mean, most of the time, weather predictions a day or two out aren’t exactly spot on, so is it realistic for predictions several months out to be even close to what will actually happen? 

Caramel Brownies #SundaySupper

So, while I’m trying to act like I didn’t even hear the winter forecast, it has me a little on edge for what’s ahead, whether it should or not.  It is going to be winter, so it will probably be cold and snowy and yucky, unless maybe the predictions are totally wrong and it will be way warmer than normal.  Wouldn’t that be nice?  I know there’s nothing I can do about the weather, but winter’s pretty tough for me, so that fact doesn’t stop me from worrying about it.

For now, I’ll enjoy summer while it’s here.  Labor Day might be the unofficial end of summer, but the calendar says we have almost a month left.  Another month of summer?  Yes, please.  And according to the month long extended forecast I look at, the next month looks pretty warm and sunny.  Wait . . . you’re saying that might not be very accurate either?  Oh, well, at this point I’ll take what I can get.

Caramel Brownies #SundaySupper

Caramel Brownies #SundaySupper

Whether it’s summer or winter, these Caramel Brownies are high on my list of sweet treats.  They are super portable and perfect for your Labor Day picnic or cookout.  They might not be the prettiest, but they pack a flavorful punch.  The brownies themselves are super moist and fudgy, though there’s no chocolate in sight.  They have a caramelized flavor from all the dark brown sugar.  And then as if they weren’t yummy enough on their own, they are topped with a caramel frosting.  It has a wonderful, rich flavor without all the work of making caramel.  I poured it on the brownies while both the brownies and frosting were warm to make kind of a messy, molten treat, so the frosting was rather messy, but it set up nicely once it cooled.  Whatever the weather, these are sure to brighten your day.

 Caramel Brownies #SundaySupper

Caramel Brownies #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 9 brownies

Ingredients

Brownies

½ stick unsalted butter, melted

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 large egg

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

¾ cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Frosting

1/2 stick unsalted butter

½ cup packed dark brown sugar

¼ cup milk (I used almond milk)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 ½-2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

Make the brownies. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 inch square pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla until fully combined. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt until just incorporated. Pour into prepared pan and bake about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs, rotating halfway through if necessary. Cool completely in pan (or don’t, it’s up to you).

Make the frosting. In a small sauce pan, place butter, sugar, and milk over medium heat. Stirring frequently, allow the butter and sugar to melt and come together. Then bring it to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Allow to cool about 5 minutes, then stir in confectioners’ sugar until desired consistency is reached. It will be rather thin, but will set up as it cools. Pour over brownies, cut, and serve. These are awesome warm, but may be stored at room temperature up to 3 days in an airtight container, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil, and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour or in the microwave for 30 seconds – 1 minute.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Recipe Girl

http://piesandplots.net/caramel-brownies/

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Comments

  1. Yeah I def. don’t even wanna think about winter, ughhhh

    I’ll just focus on the caramel-y goodness of these brownies!

  2. A lot of caramel flavor, I love that! Weather forecasts are useless usually.

  3. Sarah says:

    Mmm, I love caramel anything, these look fabulous!

  4. I made a similar caramel frosting, and now you made me crave it! Lovely recipe!

  5. I could eat the WHOLE pan!

  6. Who doesn’t like a brownie? I don’t believe I’ve ever had a caramel one before, but love the idea. These sound terrific. I’m ready for some cooler weather (it was 101 F here yesterday!) but biting cold doesn’t sound like fun. 🙁

  7. Alida says:

    Caramel anything is a winner in my book. Combine it with brownies, and you’ve created something spectacular. These look so good!

  8. Roz says:

    Oh how I wish I could gobble these caramel brownies! Pinned and bookmarked! So glad to ‘meet’ you and follow you from Sunday Supper! Happy Labor Day!

  9. Renee says:

    The perfect brownie for those who don’t like chocolate but not totally into a blondie either. Caramel sure is a winner!

  10. Whether it’s hot or cold, your caramel brownies are perfect comfort food. They look like they do pack a powerful punch of yumminess =)

  11. Diana @EatMoveShine says:

    These sound fantastic, and love they there is no chocolate… just caramely, buttery, brown-sugery goodness 🙂 And uggg… on the forecast. Sounds about right, as the South has been far too mild the last few Winters.

    • Laura says:

      It was crazy cold in Michigan last winter and it seemed like it lasted forever, so I’m hoping it will be rather mild. Thanks, Diana!

  12. I’m all for a snowy winter – but it is my favorite season, after all 🙂 These look delicious – perfect for a snow day!!

  13. Liz says:

    Oh, I KNOW I’d love these!!! All that brown sugar makes for a super “brownie.” Delish!

  14. Perfect brownies

  15. Jessica Gappy says:

    These look just sinful!

  16. Yum! That caramel frosting has my name written all over it! I’m really hoping we don’t have a super cold winter.

  17. Oh my. These look dangerously delicious.

  18. Monet says:

    Hi Laura! Oh no! I hope they are wrong. I like fall and winter…but not when its biting! Whatever happens with the weather, I know I’ll be okay if I can make and eat sweets like these! Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. I hope you are having a good start to your week!

  19. I don’t watch the news too often so I had no idea about these predictions. How frightening! Let’s just focus on these caramel brownies. YUM! The caramel frosting looks delish!

  20. laurasmess says:

    Caramel brownies?!?! Oh my gosh. These sound wonderful! Definitely bookmarked for my next baking day xx

  21. Sues says:

    Ack, I hadn’t heard that about the Farmers’ Almanac. Oh boy! That just means I’m going to have to stockpile on recipes like this one to get me through the long cold days! 🙂

  22. Joanne says:

    I’ve been conveniently pretending to not hear the forecast whenever it’s on the news just so I don’t go into a state of panic! Cold is THE WORST. Ugh.

    But these brownies…seem like they’re probably THE BEST. Caramel = my favorite.

    • Laura says:

      I am so with you Joanne! I am already in a state of panic – hopefully winter will stay away and the forecasters will be wrong!

  23. When I think of snow, I quote my 2-year-old cousin, “No, no, no!” But to these brownies, I definitely say YES!

  24. Yummmm…I’ve never had a caramel brownie before and now I can’t get them out of my mind! These look fabulous, Laura! And seriously, I never trust the weather people. They’re wrong 99% of the time. I’ll believe the weather when I see it outside my window. Ugh, I hope this winter won’t be too snowy. People FREAK OUT when it snows in Vancouver – the entire city shuts down. People can’t drive, our transit system can’t operate. So much madness from just an inch of snow. You’re right – let’s enjoy the last month of summer and bake more caramel brownies!

    • Laura says:

      Thanks, Nancy! I think people have trouble driving when it snows no matter where they live. When it snows, I stay home if at all possible. It’s not worth the hassle.

  25. Caramel + brownies?! These babies are destined to be amazing!

  26. Caramel brownies are high on my list of sweet treats, too! Especially yours. These look delicious!

  27. I did not want to miss these! I love brown sugar and these look fabulous. Bookmarked!

  28. Hank says:

    Hi Laura,
    Looks yummy, wish I had some right now!
    Hey, I haven’t any way to get in touch with your Dad. Can you e-mail a number for me to call or ask him to send me a message.
    Appreciate your help!
    Hank

  29. Well it looks like the Farmers’ Almanac was right, huh? At least so far anyways! That caramel frosting sounds heavenly! Pinned! 🙂

    • Laura says:

      Yeah, we were all like oh it won’t be right. How could it possibly know? Who’s laughing now??? 😉 Thanks, Christina!

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