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WARM NUTTY CARAMEL BROWNIES

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Ingredients

1 teaspoon vegetable oil  

1 package (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate morsels, divided

1 package (18-21 ounces) brownie mix (plus ingredients to make cake-like brownies)

cup packed brown sugar, divided

1 cup salted mixed nuts, divided

5 rolls (1.7 ounces each) milk chocolate-covered chewy caramels, divided (40 pieces total)

Vanilla ice cream (optional)


Preparation

1        Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly brush large bar pan with oil. Chop 11/2 cups of the chocolate morsels, combine brownie mix, water, oil, eggs and cup of the brown sugar; mix well. Gold in chopped chocolate; pour batter into bar pan, spreading evenly.

2        Chop nuts. Combine half of the nuts and remaining cup brown sugar; sprinkle over brownie batter. Bake 20-22 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

3        Meanwhile, cut 16 caramels into quarters. Place remaining cup chocolate morsels in bowl; microwave on HIGH 1 minute or until melted, stirring after each 20-second interval. Spoon melted chocolate into resealable plastic bag; set aside.

4         Remove bar pan from oven to cooling rack. Immediately press remaining 24 caramels evenly into brownie in four rows of six caramels each. Sprinkle quartered caramels and remaining nuts over brownies. Trim corner of chocolate-filled bag with knife or scissors; drizzle chocolate evenly over brownies. Cut into squares; serve warm. Serve with ice cream if desired.

A Pampered Chef recipe.


created  02/10/2009