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Caramel-Walnut Brownies

Yield 15 brownies
These brownies are so luscious and gooey, you'll want to refrigerate them--or plan to eat them with a fork.

Ingredients

  • 1 (14-ounce) package caramels
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk, divided
  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package caramel-flavored cake mix
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups walnut halves or pieces

How to Make It

  1. Unwrap caramels, and place in a medium saucepan. Add 1/3 cup evaporated milk; cook over low heat until caramels melt, stirring often. Remove from heat, and set aside.

  2. Combine remaining 1/3 cup milk, cake mix, and next 3 ingredients; stir just until blended. Spread half of dough into a lightly greased 9" square pan. (Remaining dough will stiffen as it sits.) Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes.

  3. Pour caramel mixture over brownie layer in pan. Sprinkle with walnuts.

  4. Divide remaining half of dough into 6 portions. Shape each portion into a 4" circle. Place circles over walnuts in pan, overlapping slightly. (Dough will spread during baking.)

  5. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cover and chill thoroughly before cutting.

  6. Note: For caramel-flavored cake mix, we used Duncan Hines.

Christmas with Southern Living 1996