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Salted Caramel Brownies

Photo: Francesco Tonelli; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite

Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 1 hr, 30 mins
Yield

Serves 20 (serving size: 1 brownie)

With their rich, indulgent flavors, these layered caramel brownies dusted in sea salt are a definite crowd-pleaser.

Ingredients

  • Brownies:
  • 3.38 ounces all-purpose flour (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray
  • Topping:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons evaporated fat-free milk, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 180
  • fat 7.2 g
  • satfat 4.1 g
  • monofat 1.7 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 2.1 g
  • carbohydrate 27.8 g
  • fiber 0.8 g
  • cholesterol 37 mg
  • iron 0.9 mg
  • sodium 76 mg
  • calcium 26 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. To prepare brownies, weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through baking powder) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Combine 6 tablespoons butter, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add butter mixture to flour mixture; stir to combine. Scrape batter into a 9-inch square metal baking pan lightly coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 19 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

  3. To prepare topping, melt 1/4 cup butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons milk; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and powdered sugar; stir with a whisk until smooth. Spread mixture evenly over cooled brownies. Let stand 20 minutes or until set.

  4. Combine 2 tablespoons milk and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH for 45 seconds or until melted, stirring after 20 seconds. Stir just until smooth; drizzle over caramel. Sprinkle with sea salt; let stand until set. Cut into squares.