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Salted Caramel Brownies

This trick for making The Easiest Salted Caramel Brownies is one you’ll return to again and again! Keep these ingredients on hand for quickly throwing together brownies that everyone will love.

Two salted caramel brownies stacked on a white plate. The top brownie has a bite taken out of it and caramel is pooling out of the edges of the brownies

Do you have those recipes that are so simple to make it’s almost embarrassing when people ask you for the recipe because it is not really an actual recipe?

These super easy Salted Caramel Brownies are probably one of the most requested recipes that I make on a regular basis.

My friend Erin calls them my “special brownies” – I’m telling you, if you make them once, you’ll make them again and again!

Ingredients for the easiest salted caramel brownies on a gray countertop

MY FAVORITE EASY BROWNIE RECIPE

I have a confession to make. 

I know how great homemade brownies are. After all, I love my Pumpkin Brownies and Tiramisu Brownies. But I think my favorite brownies might actually be these incredibly easy Salted Caramel Brownies.

This recipe is so easy it hardly counts as a recipe at all.

Whisk stirring batter for salted caramel brownies in a white mixing bowl

Are you ready to hear my trick? You’re going to need:

  • A box of Ghirardelli brownie mix (plus the ingredients listed on the box: water, vegetable oil, and an egg)
  • A bag of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Squares
  • Flakey sea salt

That. Is. It.

Yes, my favorite brownies are a boxed brownie mix “fancied up” with some salted caramel chocolates. 

Spatula spreading salted caramel brownie batter into a metal baking pan

Don’t knock ‘em ‘til you try ‘em! I promise they are incredible. 

I like to keep a couple boxes of the brownie mix and a couple of packages of the chocolate caramel squares on hand so I can throw these together at the last minute. They’re perfect for taking over to a new neighbor, a friend who just had a baby, or for a last-minute cookout.

Ghirardelli sea salt caramel chocolates arranged on top of brownie batter in a metal baking pan

HOW TO MAKE SALTED CARAMEL BROWNIES WITH A BOX MIX

I know you’re going to ask me if you have to use the Ghirardelli brownie mix. 

Technically you don’t, but I can’t promise they’ll be as good. I personally think the Ghirardelli mixes are the best brownie mixes. I like to use either the Double Chocolate or the Chocolate Supreme mix. 

Baked salted caramel brownies on a wire cooling rack

Mix up the brownie mix according to the package directions. You’ll combine the mix with water, vegetable oil, and an egg until well combined.

Spread half the brownie batter into the bottom of a greased 8×8-inch baking pan. Top with a layer of the chocolate squares. Top with the rest of the batter and bake for about 40 minutes.

As soon as the brownies come out of the oven, give them a light sprinkle of flakey sea salt, then allow them to cool for at least 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving.

Sliced salted caramel brownies on a piece of parchment paper

Sandwiched between the top and bottom layers of fudgy brownie goodness is a beautiful layer of gooey salted caramel. The little bit of extra salt on top not only looks fancy and decadent, it balances the richness of the brownies really well.

They are seriously so good. And I bet no one will guess they were the easiest brownies to make!

3 easy salted caramel brownies stacked on a white plate

CAN YOU FREEZE SALTED CARAMEL BROWNIES?

Brownies are a super easy baked good to freeze because they don’t really lose any of their great fudgy texture even after freezing.

If you made a batch of these Salted Caramel Brownies and want to freeze some of the leftovers, tightly wrap each brownie in plastic wrap or foil, then place the wrapped brownies in a tightly sealed zip-top freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.

When you’re ready to enjoy one of the brownies, let it thaw at room temperature. Unwrap it and reheat it in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. You could even top it with a scoop of ice cream for a decadent brownie sundae treat! 

Salted caramel brownie next to a fork on a white plate, with a bite taken out of it. Caramel is pooling out of the edge of the brownie

MORE SUPER EASY DESSERT RECIPES

Turning boxed mixes into easy, delicious desserts is one of my favorite tricks. Check out six more of my favorite desserts made using mixes!

Two salted caramel brownies stacked on a white plate. The top brownie has a bite taken out of it and caramel is pooling out of the edges of the brownies

The Easiest Salted Caramel Brownies

Yield: 9 brownies

This trick for making The Easiest Salted Caramel Brownies is one you’ll return to again and again! Keep these ingredients on hand for quickly throwing together brownies that everyone will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 (18-ounce) box Ghirardelli Brownie Mix (I use either Double Chocolate or Chocolate Supreme)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (6.3-ounce) bag Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Squares
  • Flaky sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare an 8x8-inch baking pan by lightly greasing, spraying with nonstick cooking spray, or lining with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine brownie mix, water, oil and egg and mix until well combined.
  3. Spoon half the batter into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Unwrap the chocolate squares and place them directly onto the brownie batter. You don’t have to use all of them, but I typically put them into the pan pretty tightly. Spoon the remaining batter over the chocolate squares and again, spread the batter evenly to cover the chocolate squares.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 39-40 minutes.
  5. Remove pan from oven and lightly sprinkle the brownies with flaky sea salt.
  6. Allow the brownies to cool for 15-20 minutes before serving.

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ALINA SYSAK

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Can I do this in a 9 x 13? I have everything BUT the 8X8 pan! Thanks

Jamie

Thursday 8th of July 2021

Hi Alina- If you have a brownie mix that is for a 9x13, you definitely can. The Ghirardelli mix I specified is not meant for a 9x13-inch pan. -Jamie

Lynda

Wednesday 7th of September 2016

I added 250 g plain dark chocolate instead of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate and 225 g golden caster sugar and 2 tablespoons of light corn syrup to add the taste. It was really a lip smacking one. I have also tried your Slimer Cheesecake Parfaits, Its really tasty…I make it often as my son Ryan loves it.

Yesterday I made chocolate brownie…It was also nice. I will share here the link if you want to try it: http://www.nestle-family.com/kids/recipes/english/chocolate-brownies_16607.aspx

Jamie

Thursday 8th of September 2016

Thank you so much, Lynda! I'll definitely give these a try!

Aysh

Sunday 24th of April 2016

May i know what is this sea salt caramel squares

Jamie

Sunday 24th of April 2016

Hi, Aysh! Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel Squares are a square piece of chocolate filled with caramel. I've attached the link to Amazon so you can see. I hope this helps!

Ape

Saturday 9th of August 2014

I doubled the recipe and overall really good flavor but just a little dry and too cakey for me. I even underbaked them but they really weren't ooey gooey moist for me like a brownie should be especially with all this decadence.

Ann

Tuesday 1st of July 2014

This recipe looks scrumptious. Will try for the 4th !!

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