Caramel Brownies From Scratch [+ Video]


I grew up with Mom’s famous caramel brownies made from a cake mix but we’ve finally created a caramel brownies from scratch!


A chocolate stack of brownies oozing with caramel


I’ve chatted about Mom’s caramel brownies a few times and we even finally posted the recipe a while back, but I somehow become convinced that we needed a perfectly comparable caramel brownies from scratch recipe and couldn’t let it go until I discovered it. And discovered it I did.


A thick stack of brownies with caramel laying on top of eachother


The secret is in the brownie itself. You see, I tried a gazillion recipes and none of them held up to the caramel like I wanted. Too soft, too cakey, so runny (no really, it never set up) and way too dry. Ugh, it was annoying! And then I had the brilliant idea of going back to just why we loved Mom’s.


Caramel Brownies Made From Scratch


It was in the cake mix. It had to be German cake mix or it didn’t taste right and the texture was off.


A thick stack of Caramel Brownies Made from Scratch placed on top of eachother


A tall stack of Caramel Brownies From Scratch


So THAT was the answer! I’d start with the makings of a cake then ditch the rest of the ingredients and go back to the butter and evaporated milk just like Mom’s recipe. DING DING DING! Everything else fell into place and these are our new go-to recipe! Remember, if you don’t want to pat each piece of dough out in your hand, and really it’s my preferred method as it leads to a fluffier topping, you can just press it out on saran wrap and turn it out onto the brownies.


And that’s it!! You can finally make caramel brownies from scratch!


Caramel Brownies from Scratch


Caramel Brownies From Scratch

I grew up with Mom's famous caramel brownies made from a cake mix but we've finally created a caramel brownies from scratch!
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Caramel Brownies from Scratch

I grew up with Mom's famous caramel brownies made from a cake mix but we've finally created a caramel brownies from scratch!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time23 mins
Total Time33 mins
Course: Over 400 Baby Shower Food Ideas that Taste Amazing
Keyword: brownies, caramel, chocolate, dessert
Servings: 12 -16
Calories: 313kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 1 ½ Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • ½ Cup plus 1 Tablespoon Dutch Processed Cocoa
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • ¾ Cup Plus 1 Tablespoon Butter unsalted, melted
  • Cup Plus 2 Tablespoons Evaporated Milk
  • 1 Package Caramel Squares unwrapped
  • Cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1 ¼ Cup Chocolate Chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13” baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, add the caramels and evaporated milk.
  • Heat in the microwave, stirring occasionally at 30 second intervals until smooth. Set aside.
  • In another large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the butter and evaporated milk and stir until the batter is thick and no flour remains.
  • Press half of the dough into the pan.
  • Bake for 8 minutes, remove from the oven and sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips.
  • Pour the caramel evenly over the entire brownie, slowly to be sure that everything is covered in caramel.
  • Pick up small amounts of dough, about palm sized and press flat between your hands.
  • Gently lay over the caramel and repeat until all of the caramel is covered.
  • Bake for 15 minutes and allow to cool before slicing.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 415mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 46g
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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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11 comments on “Caramel Brownies From Scratch [+ Video]”

  1. Pingback: Being on the caramel and chocolate!! CARAMEL BROWNIES FROM SCRATCH!! . . . ohswe... - Brownie Blog

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!😁

  3. If your using premade caramel squares its not from scratch…..I’m looking for a true from scratch recipe, any suggestions?

  4. Hello Carrian!! Questions:
    I see you say evaporated milk twice on the recipe, is it 1/3 for the melting of the caramels and the other part for the cake batter? I just want to make sure I understood and not doing them wrong. Also, have you ever tried doing 1 cup granulated/1 cup brown sugar instead of 2 granulated? Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. They look amazing and decadent, can’t wait to make them!

    • Yes, that’s correct. Both the dough and caramel need the E milk. I haven’t tried the brown sugar, but it would lead to a more chewy brownie. I have cut the sugar in half with great results.

  5. Thank you for this recipe! I can finally ditch the box cake mix☺ I used milk chocolate chips and a 14 oz bag of caramels. I almost think an 11 oz bag would have been plenty!

  6. I got all excited when I saw this was to be a “scratch” caramel brownie as I have an aversion to those Kraft caramels and I was hoping the caramel would be made from scratch too. They look really good though!

  7. i like food cook from scrach like you.
    This is highly appreciate articel.