Caramel-Pecan Brownies


Caramel-Pecan Brownies

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Caramel-pecan brownies stacked on parchment paper

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    Melted caramel, chocolate chips and spicy pecans form ooey-gooey richness between fudgy brownie layers. Cinnamon and cayenne kick up the flavor and add a nice amount of heat.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 16
    1 tbsp. Hy-Vee butter, melted, divided
    ½ tsp. plus 1/4 tsp Hy-Vee ground cinnamon, divided
    ¼ tsp. Hy-Vee salt
    ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
    1 c. Hy-Vee chopped pecans
    1 (18.25 oz) pkg Hy-Vee German chocolate cake mix
    ½ c. Hy-Vee butter, melted
    ⅓ c. plus 1/2 c. Hy-Vee evaporated milk, divided
    60 Hy-Vee caramels, unwrapped (about 18 oz)
    ⅓ c. Hy-Vee semi-sweet chocolate chips
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee powdered sugar
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee cocoa powder


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil; set aside. Line a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Grease the foil; set pan aside.
    2. In a medium bowl combine 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, salt and cayenne pepper. Stir in pecans. Spread pecans on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly toasted. Cool on a wire rack.
    3. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, 1/3 cup evaporated milk and 1/2 cup melted butter. Stir until thoroughly combined for dough-like consistency. Press half of dough in prepared baking pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    4. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine caramels and remaining 1/2 cup evaporated milk. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted. Pour caramel mixture over baked brownie layer in pan; sprinkle chocolate chips and toasted pecans over top. Roll remaining dough between two sheets of parchment paper into a slightly-smaller-than-9-inch square. Place dough on top of caramel layer.
    5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until center is just set. Cool in pan on a wire rack. When thoroughly cooled, cover and refrigerate for 2 or more hours before serving. Just before serving, use foil to lift uncut brownies out of pan. Combine powdered sugar, cocoa powder and remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Sift mixture over brownies. Cut and serve.
    6. Ahead-of-the-Game Plan: Prep and bake brownies; cover and refrigerate. Day of game remove from pan and dust with powdered sugar mixture.

    Nutrition facts


    390 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 19g
    • Cholesterol: 25mg
    • Sodium: 420mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 55g
    • Protein: 5g

    Daily Values

    Vitamin A 6%
    Vitamin C 0%
    Iron 8%
    Calcium 15%

    Recipe Source:

    Hy-Vee Seasons Health 2015.