I must be on a chocolate + caramel kick right now. As I was flipping through the bars and brownies section of my cookbook, I honed in on these Fudge Ripple Pecan Brownies. Imagine fudgy brownies smothered in caramel and garnished with pecans and a chocolate drizzle – have a good picture in mind? – that’s what we are having for dessert this week! 😀
These were fairly easy to make, but they were quite a mess to deal with. Remember all of that caramel you were imagining just a moment ago, well, it was every bit as sticky as it was delicious. So, we had a delicious, sticky mess on our hands trying to eat these. That’s ok though, right? Sometime you need to get a little messy.
It was neat to watch the texture of the batter change as I added in the different ingredients. After adding in the eggs and vanilla, things really started to thicken up.
Last up was stirring in the flour mixture followed by chocolate chips and toasted pecans. Yum.
Baking time. Once the brownies came out of the oven, I let them cool completely. For the caramel topping, I melted the caramels with a little milk over low heat until everything was nice and smooth. Then, I poured it over the brownies. After adding a few more toasted pecans and drizzling some melted chocolate over everything, we are good to go!
If you have ever made a similar recipe with caramel or a runny topping, did you figure out a magical way to make it stay in place? I kept these in the fridge, and while that definitely helps the caramel stay put, the brownies don’t taste near as good when they are cold. I would love to hear of any tricks you may have!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I know we are looking forward to having Monday off and celebrating Labor Day!
Head over to Fiesta Friday to see lots of the other great treats that are being shared today!