These dulce de leche brownies are made with caramel sauce swirled through fudgy dark chocolate brownie batter. A rich, sweet, and utterly spectacular dessert or special treat.
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
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“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 dark chocolate (55% to 70% cacao)
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (6 oz), cut into small chunks
- 1 ounce good-quality cocoa powder, sifted (about 1/3 cup)
- 3 large eggs
- 8 ounces caster or soft light brown sugar (about 1 1/4 cups lightly packed)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 ounces 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!
Recipe Testers Reviews
These brownies are delicious, although they are very sweet and very rich. I used a whole 13.4-ounce can of Nestle's La Lechera Dulce de Leche. At first I thought it was too much, but the amount turned out to be correct. I used Ghiradelli 60% bittersweet chocolate and Scharffen Berger cocoa. I used an 8-inch Pyrex cake pan and baked the brownies for a total of 40 minutes. They were still very soft in the middle, but I was able to cut them once they cooled. They were very gooey. I think the best thing to do would be to cool them completely, put them in the fridge until cold, and then cut them. I was able to get 16 squares, but I might cut them smaller next time since they're so rich. You could serve the squares with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a brownie caramel sundae.
I would be happy to make this dulce de leche brownies recipe again. I used a store-bought can of caramel sauce. After 20 minutes in the oven, the brownies appeared done when the caramel looked gooey and the brownie looked dry and was starting to blacken slightly, so I decided this was enough cooking. I should have covered the brownies with foil and baked them longer, as they were underdone. I cut the finished brownies into 12 largish pieces rather than the 16 suggested, as my tin was rectangular rather than square.
These dulce de leche brownies are really good. The dulce de leche sank during baking and created little pockets of caramel underneath the marbled surface. This is also an easy recipe to put together (although the dulce de leche takes time to make). It took the brownies about 35 minutes to bake.