Caramel Turtle Brownies

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These Brownies make me Happy!

Today I am going to show you how I make some super yummy Turtle Brownies.  I am not sure where the recipe originated from.  I first tried them at my Cousin Lori’s house.  When I tried these brownies I fell in LOVE!  I now make them when I am asked to bring a dessert to something.  So here we go:

Turtle Brownies
Caramel Turtle Brownies

1 box of Devils Food Cake Mix
1 stick of butter or margarine
1 small can of evaporated milk
Pam cooking spray
Caramel – I use a bag of Kraft Caramel bits
1/2 cup to 1 cup of Chocolate Chips (depends on how chocolaty you want it) – I use milk, cuz I like really sweet stuff
Pecans, chopped (again just use as much as you like)
Preheat your oven at 350 degrees.  Spray a 13×9 inch cake pan with a spray like Pam.
 In a microwave proof bowl melt the stick of butter.  Once the butter is melted add in the cake mix and 1/3 cup of the evaporated milk. 
(The recipe says to use a Devils Food Cake Mix – Lori said she tried using another cake mix and it didn’t turn out as good)
 Stir together until everything is completely mixed.  The brownie mixture will be thick almost like a cookie dough.
Seperate the brownie dough in half.  Take half of the brownie dough and spread in your 13×9 inch pan and bake in the oven for 6 minutes.

While the brownies are baking begin making your caramel sauce.  In a medium sized stovetop pan pour in the package of caramel and 1/3 cup evaporated milk.
You could buy the squares of caramel and spend forever unwrapping them or buy these awesome caramel bits made by Kraft – I have only been able to find them at Walmart (if you know of somewhere else to get them please let me know).
Update: For those of you that have not been able to find these caramels I actually found the Caramel Bits on Amazon – I swear Amazon has everything!
Here they are out of the bag in the pan
Over a low heat slowly melt these two ingredients together, stirring often.  I don’t worry if there are still a few chunks of caramel as it will melt when the brownies go back in the oven. 
Take the caramel off the stove so it doesn’t overheat.  On the baked brownies evenly spread out your chopped pecans and chocolate chips.
Then drizzle the caramel sauce all over until every last yummy drop is on the brownies.
Now we need to get the rest of the brownie dough on the top of the caramel sauce.  Do not attempt to just dump on the dough and spread it out – it won’t work as the dough does note spread well and you will end up with a ooey gooey mess.  You have two options  Option 1:  Roll out the dough with your rolling pin and then transfer it to the top of your brownies. I have never done this so I am not sure how well this option works.  Option 2: You can take small pieces of dough and flatten them out with your fingers and place it on top of the caramel.  You will have a couple of holes but once baked you will not be able to tell (this is what I always do).  I flatten pieces like this
And spread it over the pan like this
Bake in the preheated 350 degree oven for 15 to 16 minutes.  Take out and let cool for several hours.  In a couple of hours it will still be ooey gooey.  4 to 5 hours it is firmer.
Once cooled enjoy, it is so yummy!

I actually like the brownies better on the second day.  They firm up a bit more and are not as ooey gooey but still so soft and yummy.

caramel turtle brownies
Go make these today, right now…. I mean it, you will not be dissapointed!

Oh and you can do some yummy variations – sometimes I use white and chocolate chips.  Or once I ommitted the carmal and did mint chips for mint brownies.  Yum!

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