Best Brownies Ever

Disclaimer:  I am obsessed with The Pioneer Woman.  I’ve loved her cookbook for a while and follow her blog daily.  The obsession is only fueled now by her Food Network show and her second cookbook coming out soon.

About a month and a half ago I saw her make these Knock You Naked Brownies on her show.  I made them that week for Ty’s blessing luncheon and they were a big hit.

Today my family is in town from Utah and we are celebrating my sister Alyssa’s birthday so I made these instead of a cake.  I will admit that they are SO bad for you but the are also SO sweet and delicious that a small piece is worth it.

(This is PW’s recipe.  I didn’t use pecans in mine and I doubled the cake mix/evaporated milk part to fit a 9×13 pan)


  • 1 box (18.5 Ounce) German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 cup Finely Chopped Pecans
  • 1/3 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cup Evaporated Milk (additional)
  • 1/2 cup Butter, Melted
  • 60 whole Caramels, Unwrapped
  • 1/3 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, chopped pecans, 1/3 cup evaporated milk, and melted butter. Stir together until totally combined. Mixture will be very thick.

Press half the mixture into a well-greased 9 x 9 inch square baking pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and set aside.

In a double boiler (or a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water) melt caramels with additional 1/2 cup evaporated milk. When melted and combined, pour over brownie base. Sprinkle chocolate chips as evenly as you can over the caramel.

Turn out remaining brownie dough on work surface. Use your hands to press it into a large square a little smaller than the pan. Use a spatula to remove it from the surface, then set it on top of the caramel and chocolate chips.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from pan and allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for several hours. When ready to serve, generously sift powdered sugar over the surface of the brownies. Cut into either nine or twelve helpings, and carefully remove from the pan.


4 thoughts on “Best Brownies Ever

  1. Love your blog! U inspired me to make these this morning they are all ready waiting for tonight when we break our fast I am drooling just thinking about them.

    • Thanks for following our blog. I love your comments and I feel like we can kind of keep in touch after all these years : ) You were my first friend in that ward and I’ll never forget it. We loved our brownies and I hope you enjoyed yours!

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