I love going shopping but I have staying in line waiting for my turn to pay. It’s not the wait that I hate, so to speak, it’s all the temptations that are waiting for me to pick while waiting. If Tiffany goes for the kids coloring or story books I go for the cooking magazines, actually for everything that has chocolate on the cover.
Last time I picked Brownies and Bars by Better Homes and Gardens. I knew it’s going to be love at first sight. And few days ago it was love at first taste.
Warm out of the oven, soft cookie streusel topping, rich melting chocolate, ooey gooey caramel and fudgy brownie cookie. 4 layers in one bite.
I’m pretty sure these bars made it to the list : 1000 foods you must eat before you die
There was just one little problem with the recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. It called for a German chocolate cake mix. If you have been reading my blog for a while you know I do not use any store-bought cake mix. I have nothing against people who do, I just prefer to make everything from scratch. It may take a little bit more time, I feel better knowing what’s exactly is in my food.
Since I’ve never made my own cake mix a quick Google search pointed me to this homemade chocolate cake mix from Tammy’s recipes.
I was a little hesitant, not because Tammy’s recipe wasn’t a German chocolate cake mix, but I was afraid it may be more or less than the recipe in the magazine called for. There was just one thing left to do, give it a try. If it’s not working, I’ll eat few a caramels and call it dessert.
But it worked! I can’t say if using a store-bough cake mix you’ll have the same results. Haven’t tried it, nor do I plan to.
Except using a homemade cake mix I did a little adaptations to the recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.
The bars turned out so good I had to force myself to leave the kitchen before doing more damages to the warm bars. My tongue still hurts for that night’s burning. Do I regret? Oh no! I’d do it over and over again. So worth it!
There’s just one minor thing I’d change to the recipe. After you mix the cake mix with the evaporated milk and melted butter it yields around 3 cups. The recipe suggested to spread half of the dough in the baking pan and the remaining half to be used as a streusel topping. I think it would be better to reserve around 3/4 to 1 cup of dough for the topping to leave room for the caramel and chocolate to ooze out a little bit more. Just my 2 cents.
Chewy chocolate caramel bars - Warm out of the oven, soft cookie streusel topping, rich melting chocolate, ooey gooey caramel and fudgy brownie cookie. 4 layers in one bite
- 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup (56 grams) diced cold butter
- 1 1/2 cups (300 grams) sugar
- 1 cup (80 grams) cocoa
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (168 grams) melted butter
- 5 oz (1 small) can evaporated milk
- 14 oz caramels, unwrapped
- 1 1/2 cups (226 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 12-14 extra caramels
- Heat the oven to 350F.
- Line a 13X9 baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a food processor add the flour and cold diced butter. Pulse a few more times until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs and all the butter is cut in. You can also use a pastry blender, a fork or rub the butter and flour with your hands.
- Add the sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and whisk to combine.
- In a large mixing bowl add the dry ingredients mix and pout the melted butter on top. Add 1/3 cup of the evaporated milk and mix until well combined. The dough it's going to be similar to a light crumby cookie dough.
- Spread 2/3 of the dough in the prepared baking pan and set aside. Refrigerate the remaining dough until needed.
- In a small saucepan place the remaining evaporated milk and the unwrapped caramels. Stir continuously over low heat until the caramels are melted. Pout over the cookie dough base.
- Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the caramel layer.
- Take the remaining cookie dough out of the fridge and crumble it on top of the chocolate chips.
- Top with the remaining caramels.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- It may seem bubbly and undone but once cooled the caramel and chocolate layers will set.
- Cool completely in the pan before cutting into bars.
I’m submitting these bars to this month chocolate party
1.) Blog about your chocolate treat. Your recipe must include the two ingredients we choose. It can be a simple no bake treat or a sophisticated layer cake, the complexity level of the recipe is totally up to you.
2.) Include a link back to a monthly round-up or the Chocolate party page. Optional, add the Chocolate Party logo in your blog post or on your sidebar.
3.) Your recipe must be published during the current month. Please do not link old recipes, they will be deleted.
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