Caramel Swirl Brownies

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      One of my favorite weekend treats are brownies. My husband is a huge brownie fan and they are incredibly easy to make. So when I went to the cupboard to get the cocoa I saw that the bag of caramel bits that I had recently purchased and decided to jazz up the brownies a little. I thought about putting caramel in the middle of the brownies, but decided against it because I didn’t want a huge pan of brownies that my husband and I would eat ourselves.

     I made a pan of my favorite brownies from Hershey’s, and then poured the melted caramel bits on top in lines. Then I ran a knife through the caramel to make a pretty pattern. They turned out better then I expected! Most of the caramel stayed on top, but some of it ran down and pooled on the bottom on the brownies, almost sandwiching them in caramel. These brownies are so moist and chewy. The addition of caramel was fantastic as well! It gave a whole new dimension to these weekend favorites.

Caramel Swirl Brownies (adapted from Hershey’s)

½ c. butter, melted
1 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 egg
1 egg white
½ c. flour
1/3 c. Hershey’s cocoa powder
½ t. baking powder
½ c. Kraft Caramel Bits
2-3 T. skim milk

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl mix the butter, sugar, and vanilla until well mixed. Whisk in the egg and egg white.

3. In a small bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Stir until well mixed.

4. In a microwave safe bowl, mix the caramel bits and milk. Heat on high in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir and heat for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute or until caramel bits are melted and the milk is incorporated into the caramel. Set aside to slightly cool.

5. Spread the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Spoon the caramel mixture onto the brownies in straight lines across. Take a knife and run it top to bottom through the caramel making a pretty design on top of the brownies.

6. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Cut into 12 pieces and enjoy!

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