Knock-You-Naked Brownies

Total Time:
3 hr 50 min
15 min
3 hr
35 min

6 servings


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9-by-9-inch baking pan.

Begin by pouring 1/3 cup evaporated milk into a bowl with the cake mix. Add the melted butter and the chopped pecans. Mix the ingredients together; it'll be pretty thick!

Divide the dough in half down the middle. Press half of it into the bottom of the prepared pan to make the first brownie layer. Bake until slightly set, 8 to 10 minutes. Then remove from the oven and set aside.

While the brownie layer is baking, in a double boiler (or glass bowl set over a bowl of simmering water) combine the caramels and the remaining 1/2 cup evaporated milk. Stir occasionally until the caramels are totally melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour the caramel mixture over the first baked layer, spreading so it's evenly distributed. Sprinkle the chocolate chips all over the top.

Next, on a clean surface or a sheet of waxed paper, press the remaining dough into a square shape slightly smaller than the baking pan. Carefully set it on top of the chocolate chips. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let the brownies cool to room temperature. Cover the pan and refrigerate the brownies for several hours to allow them to set.

When you're ready to serve them (or give them to someone you love!) sprinkle generously with the powdered sugar and cut them into large rectangles before removing from the pan. These are absolutely killer, my friends. Make them for someone you really, really love... or someone you want to love you back.

It'll work. Guarantee it.

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    My husband watched her show with me and seen her make these and now he wants me to make them for him. I hope mine turns out to be as pretty as hers and taste as good..
    these were easy and delicious. they are rich.
    Words cannot do this recipe justice! AMAZING!!!
    I don't even have words to describe for this particular brownie! Oh wow......sinfully delicious!
    Made these for my hubby and they are sooo good! didn't have german chocolate cake mix so i used red velvet cake mix.. instead of flour to grease the pan i used cocoa powder.. also had no caramels so i went to ree's easy homemade caramel sauce and made it, adding a tablespoon of corn syrup and cooking on the stovetop for way longer than 6-7 minutes-- more like 10-15 minutes.. the caramel came out DECADENT, then i spread every last drop over the first layer of "brownie".. FANTASTIC!! the key is letting these brownies sit.. they are soo good!!
    Easy to make and phenomenal taste! Directions were easy to follow! Key to making is taking time and not rushing. I made the brownies as written and wouldn't change anything! Would be wonderful to take to dinner parties, showers, home-warmings, and luncheons.
    Best brownies ever!!! I have made these several times and they are a huge hit with everybody!!
    i have made these brownies dozens of times and they are always the first things gone at parties. To get them just perfect is to make sure they are completly cooled. What i do is bake them then let them come to room temp. then i thrown them in the freezer for about hour to really have them set. then i take a hot knife and cut out squares. Then let them come to room temp and serve!
    I have a recipe called German Chocolate Caramel Brownies and it's basically the same except I grease the baking pan (9X11) with Crisco, then dust with some of the dry cake mix. I also do not melt my butter. I let it come to room temp on the counter until it is soft enough to mix. I also use more pecans; 3 cups. 2 cups goes into the batter mix, 1 cup is sprinkled between the top and bottom layer (melted caramel first, pecans and then the choc chips). Do not let them cool completely before cutting them; when the bottom of the pan is still warm, slice. Since they are quite messy, I put each brownie in a cupcake paper that is flattened.
    Well, my taste buds were in heaven and I did have a big smile on my face while sampling these brownies, but once you form your dough into a square to place on top of the caramel, you are going to need a cake lifter or jumbo spatula to transfer it from the board to the pan, otherwise it's impossible to lift and transfer.
    Very good but had a hard time getting them out of the pan so they didn't look too good. Any advice?
    Oh these were a huge hit, easy to make directions,I started the caramel sauce when I started to make the sweet treat, everything fell into place, and will be a regular treat in our house.
    These taste like a candy bar! I would suggest opening all of the little packages surrounding the caramels before starting to mix the brownies (I forgot to do this and it took a lot longer than necessary). Also, it takes longer than I thought to make the caramel itself, even on a high boil, so just be patient, as it is worth the wait! I used a 9 X 11" pan and didn't get the most appealing looking brownies, but they tasted awesome. Instead of walnuts, I used Guittard milk chocolate chips (in addition to what is used in recipe) and got pleasant chunky pieces of chocolate in each bite! I will be making these again! And they taste great cold or warmed up.
    Brownies is not the right word for these. They are not chocolately tasting at all. My husband who loves brownies and loves everything I make even if I think it's not good did not care for these. As another reviewer said they taste like a cheap store bought dessert. I should have trusted my instinct about not making something using a cake mix. I followed the recipe exactly and will end up throwing most of it away. Very disappointing although the caramel is good. Might be very good if made with a different brownie recipe.
    I love the way Ree writes her recipes!! She puts love into every word!! She's a "Keeper" Food Network!!! Made these brownies for my Sweet tooth husband!!!! Wasn't sure because it called for no eggs, but everything is mighty fine in the household now that I have this recipe as leverage!!! LOL :- Ladies you know what I mean!!!
    made these. of course they were a hit. easy enough to do again...and again.....and again.
    I used a 8 x 8 pan and these brownies came out thick, moist, and amazing! I will definitely be making these again!! To make these even richer I added chocolate frosting to the top, yum!
    I used two cake mixes (doubling the butter,milk and used a 9x13 pan. I used the same amount of caramels as the recipe. Turned out really good for a bigger group.
    These truly are the perfect and best brownies ever. Ree has wonderful cookbooks with pictures every step of the way! She is a great teacher! It is difficult to teach face to face and to be able to do it by book and photos is awesome!! Can't wait for the new book Ree!!
    Delicious! I won 2nd place in a brownie bake-off at work with these brownies! Interestingly enough my good friend who won 1st place made the exact same brownies. The difference between the 2: I used 9x9 pan and she used a 9x13 pan. Hers were thinner and not quite as gooey. I honestly preferred mine to hers! She said putting the top layer on her brownies was difficult d/t the size. I agreed this was tedious however I didn't think it was difficult at all. Thanks for the awesome recipe! 
    I am sharing this recipe with members of my family. These brownies were FANTABULOUS!
    I have been making these for years, but I too hate unwrapping the caramels, I am wondering if the caramel chips would work???
    These are sinfully delicious! They are obviously rich - so enjoy with a glass of milk! Seriously, one of the best brownie recipes!
    I have been making this recipe for at least 15 years. It is one of my husband's favorite. I never rolled out the top layer. I have always just put dollops of the second layer of the cake and it spreads out good enough. The only thing I don't like is unwrapping all the caramels.
    Something went wrong ... They looked nothing like the picture and I followed the instructions exactly.. There was way too much caramel and not enough brownie and the brownie was really dry ., was there a mistake in the recipe?
    This is now my favorite brownie. It's extremely simple - just get your kids or husband to unwrap the caramels. This desert will knock your socks off.
    This is my "GO TO" Brownie recipe. I have not met a person yet who did not swoon at this brownie. Make for the family or give them as a gift. Simple and inexpensive. I make one small alterations: I use a large chocolate covered caramel bar instead of the squares.
    best brownies ever! every time i need to make brownies this is the recipe i use!
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