Photo: Francesco Tonelli; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 30 Mins
Serves 20 (serving size: 1 brownie)

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

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

TrishiaK's Review

June 11, 2014
I have made these several times. The first time I made them, I did them exactly as the recipe is written and agree that the caramel layer was a little thin. The next time I made them, I used an 8-inch baking dish, instead of 9-inch and baked about 5 minutes longer. That also allows the caramel to spread completely over the top. Be sure you allow the caramel to cook completely or it will be too thin. As to these being too sweet, if you cut them into 20 squares and limit yourself to one, the level of sweetness is good. More than one, yes they can be too sweet. I made several pans of these for a baby shower and they were a big hit with everyone and no one believed they are a CL recipe. Very decadent and just the right size for a 2-bite delight.

pirogilady's Review

August 31, 2011
loved the chocolate layer of the brownie even more than the walnut fudge brownie recipe from the same issue. this does not have the melted chocolate . the caramel does not taste truly like a caramel, you can come up with a better caramel layer. but overall- a very good recipe even without the caramel.

ClaraP's Review

August 25, 2011

Leahc79's Review

February 05, 2012
Delicious!! Hard not to eat the whole pan!

MollySimon's Review

September 27, 2012
I agree with the others -- they were delicious but they look nothing like the picture. My caramel topping was a golden color and the chocolate drizzle was very liquidy and did not hold any kind of design. I'll make some adaptations next time but honestly ... they were delicious.

Meraymond85's Review

September 21, 2011
Good but too sweet, will cut down on the sugar for sure.

HappiestHour's Review

May 03, 2012

mpksguthrie's Review

September 17, 2011
We had the same issue as some others. They look great in the picture, and the presentation matters. The caramel is still a little gooey, and the drizzle was way too thin to look right. On the other hand, they taste spectacular. So, we give them a five for taste, and a two for appearance. If anyone solves the caramel and drizzle consistency, I hope you post it.

birgundy's Review

September 30, 2011
These were yummy!!! I followed the recipe exactly and thought the amount of caramel was perfect. The caramel also set up just fine for me. These do not taste like light brownies!

Chrismoen's Review

August 22, 2011
These were amazing! My 9 year old daughter and I made them. Easy to make,delicious and everyone was very surprised to hear the recipe was from Cooking Light. We will make these again and again PS - we served them warmed up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream - oh la la!