Because fudge brownies just aren’t indulgent enough on their own, we added an outrageously lovely swirl of caramel sauce to create dulce de leche brownies.–Renee Schettler Rossi
LC What Folks Are Saying About This Recipe Note
“An easy recipe.” “The dulce de leche sank during baking and created little pockets of caramel underneath the marbled surface.” “Very sweet.” “Very rich.” “Delicious.” That’s what folks are saying about this dulce de leche brownies recipe.
Dulce de Leche Brownies
- Quick Glance
- 10 M
- 2 H, 45 M
- Makes 16 squares
- One 14-ounce can dulce de leche or caramel or 14 ounces homemade dulce de leche*, caramel, or cajeta
- 6 ounces (175 grams) dark chocolate (55% to 70% cacao)
- 12 tablespoons (6 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
- 1 ounce (25 grams) good-quality cocoa powder, sifted (about 1/3 cup)
- 3 large eggs
- 8 ounces (225 grams) caster or soft light brown sugar (about 1 1/4 cups lightly packed)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 ounces (100 grams) all-purpose flour (about 1 scant cup)
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch (20-centimeter) square cake pan with parchment paper.
- 2. Melt the chocolate, butter, and cocoa powder together in a bowl set over but not touching a saucepan containing an inch or so of simmering water. Do not let the base of the bowl touch the water. When the butter and chocolate are melted, remove the bowl from the heat and stir well to combine. Let cool for about 5 minutes.
- 3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla until it’s a little light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Still whisking constantly, add the chocolate mixture and whisk until well combined. Sift in the flour and gently fold with a spatula or metal spoon just until combined.
- 4. Spoon the brownie mixture into the prepared pan. Use a teaspoon to add blobs of the dulce de leche or caramel or cajeta all over the surface of the brownies. Run a small sharp knife or skewer around the pan to create a marbled effect.
- 5. Bake until the brownies are dry on top but still slightly gooey and fudge inside, 25 to 40 minutes. Let the brownies cool in the pan placed on a wire rack. Cut into squares.
*DIY Dulce de Leche
- Take off the labels from two 12-ounce cans condensed milk. Place the cans in a large pot and add enough water to submerge them. Bring to a boil over high heat then lower the heat to a rapid simmer and cook for about 4 hours. Make sure the cans are always covered by at least 1 inch of water, adding more as needed; otherwise, you might have a dulce de leche explosion on your hands (not as fun as it sounds, we promise). Remove the cans from the water, let them cool, and voilà, you’ve got DIY dulce de leche!