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Super Easy “Lazy Girl” Salted Caramel Brownies

by | Jan 31, 2022 | Recipes

Fudgy boxed brownies get a face lift with ribbons of ooey, gooey caramel and a few pinches of salt in these dangerously delicious lazy girl style Salted Caramel Brownies.

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Salted caramel. Brownies. Salted caramel brownies. Mmmm, my mouth starts watering just writing it. As the name implies, these salted caramel brownies are ridiculously easy to make. But the pay-off at the end is so much bigger than you’d think! Make these for yourself when that chocolate craving hits or share them with friends as an indulgent treat. They’d also make an excellent addition to your Game Day spread, a sweet and savory charcuterie board, or as part of a dessert smorgasbord.

I never used to be big on chocolate; you know like the ladies who literally crave chocolate. I totally couldn’t relate to them. Do you remember those Dove commercials back in the ’90s that tried to tantalize women with individually wrapped squares of creamy chocolate? Yeah, those never worked on me because that lady was never me.

But now, I find myself craving ooey, gooey, fudgy brownies at least once every 2-3 months. I’ll try and block their siren song that plays in my brain as long as I can; until I can’t stop thinking about them and then I break down and bake a batch.

overhead shot of salted caramel brownies served on a small plate

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Recently, when trying to clean out our kitchen cabinets, I came across a tub of Litehouse Caramel Dip that I’d bought on sale in an Amazon Fresh delivery. I’d intended to make some kind of Fall-inspired dessert, but that plan never came to fruition. Now, here I sat with a tub of caramel I needed to use. I wondered if I could use it to “level up” a box of brownie mix, so I decided to do some experimenting.

Turns out that this caramel dip is the perfect consistency for adding into brownie batter without it turning rock hard during the baking process. It also lends itself very well to ooey, gooey pockets of creamy caramel. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing in your brownies.

So I kept thinking….these seems too simple to share with folks. Like I’m literally just spooning caramel into brownie batter. I felt like I had to do something else. The first thing that popped into my head was, “what makes buttery caramel taste even better??” The answer–salt! And here is where these Super Easy “Lazy Girl” Salted Caramel Brownies were born.

close up of the fudgy inside of a lazy girl salted caramel brownie

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Ingredients For Lazy Girl Salted Caramel Brownies

overhead shot of ingredients needed to make lazy girl salted caramel brownies
  • Boxed Brownie Mix – My two favorite boxed brownie mixes are Duncan Hines’ Dark Chocolate Fudge and Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Chips. For this recipe, I highly recommend these two varieties, but you can use whichever boxed brownie mix is your favorite.
  • Caramel Dip – Every time I’ve made these salted caramel brownies, I’ve used a Litehouse caramel dip. I’ve used both their Old Fashioned and their Low-Fat varieties with success.
  • Salt – For the salt, make sure that you use either a coarse salt or a flakey salt. If you use a regular table salt, the grains will be really small and you’ll end up using WAY too much salt in even just a few pinches’ worth of salt.
  • Whatever Other Ingredients Your Brownie Mix Calls For – Typically, this will be an egg (or two), some vegetable oil, and (maybe) some water.

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Ingredient Swaps & Variations

  • Other Flavors of Caramel – Litehouse makes a Pumpkin Spice version of their caramel dip that I have not tried, but think would be AMAZING in these salted caramel brownies!
  • Add in More Texture – If you want to shake things up and add more texture to your brownies, nuts are always a good option. But ya know what’s better?? Chips or chunks of chocolate!!
  • Balance The Richness – These salted caramel brownies are downright indulgent. Slice some strawberries or raspberries and add them to the top of your brownies. They’ll add a bright, acidic note that will cut through the richness.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

What to Remember – The recipe card below says 1/2 cup of caramel, but you can easily use up to 3/4 cup in the batter without issue.

What to Avoid – The bigger and thicker your ribbons of caramel in the brownie batter, the harder it may be to get the baked brownies out of the pan. When I first tried with 1 cup of caramel in the batter, the brownies were DELICIOUS, but a major pain in the ass to get out of the pan as one whole piece. The less caramel I added, the easier it became to serve up the brownies.

Ways to Use Lazy Girl Salted Caramel Brownies Leftovers – I would wager that you won’t have any of these brownies left by Day 3. But that said, my favorite way to use up any leftovers that are less fresh is to make brownie sundaes. Plop that baby in a bowl and zap it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds, then top with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, or both. Deeeeee-vine!

overhead shot of caramel spooned on top of brownie batter in a baking pan

Recipe Notes

One serving of these Lazy Girl Salted Caramel Brownies is one 2-inch by 2-inch brownie. This recipe makes 16 servings. For the full recipe and nutritional information, please see the recipe card below.

Storage – Serve brownies from your baking pan and cover leftovers with plastic wrap. They’ll stay ultra moist for about 3 days before they begin to (slowly) dry out. I’ve found that they’re still quite moist by Day 5. I can’t vouch for any further out from baking because we never have had any leftover past that point.

Reheating – For a warm brownie, zap it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.

How to Make Lazy Girl Salted Caramel Brownies

Step 1. In a large mixing bowl, make your brownie batter as directed per the instructions on the back of the brownie mix box.

Step 2. Lightly grease a 9×9 baking pan and then add half of the brownie batter to the pan. Gently spoon up to 3/4 of a cup of the caramel dip over the batter.

If you like a little bit of caramel ribbon action going through your salted caramel brownies, then I suggest using 1/2 of a cup of the caramel dip. If you’re big into pockets of gooey caramel flowing through the middle of your brownies as you bite into them, then use the full 3/4 of a cup. I personally prefer the thinner caramel ribbon action in these salted caramel brownies, so I use 1/2 a cup of the caramel or a little less (depending on my mood that day).

overhead shots of the steps to make lazy girl salted caramel brownies

Step 3. Take a knife and drag it through the brownie batter to incorporate the caramel and create the “ribbons”. Drag your knife through as much as you like until the caramel is incorporated to your liking. Then, sprinkle a pinch or two of coarse or flakey salt over the brownie batter.

Step 4. After that, pour the remainder of the brownie batter over the top and you’re ready to bake the brownies according to the directions on the back of the box.

overhead shot of caramel and salt added to top of lazy girl salted caramel brownies

Step 5. When the brownies are done baking, let them sit until they are cool to the touch. If you have leftover caramel, drizzle some over the top of your brownies and then sprinkle with another pinch or two of your salt. Cut the brownies into 16 pieces and serve.

lazy girl salted caramel brownies on a plate

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a gluten-free brownie mix for this recipe?

Honestly, I don’t know as I’ve never tried it. I would think you’d be ok, so I’d encourage you to try it out. If you do try it, leave me a comment below to let me know how it went!

Can I use an 8×8 baking pan instead to make these salted caramel brownies?

Absolutely! Just bake your batter according to the directions for an 8×8 pan on your box of brownie mix. Your brownies will come out taller in height if you use an 8×8 baking pan. Also, I would suggest cutting them into 12 pieces instead of the 16 called for in the recipe card below.

Other Recipes You May Enjoy

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Super Easy Lazy Girl Salted Caramel Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Salty, sweet, and super easy, these lazy girl style Salted Caramel Brownies always hit the spot!

Ingredients

  • 1 package Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge brownie mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Litehouse caramel
  • up to 1/4 tsp coarse or flakey salt

Instructions

1. Follow directions on the back of brownie mix box and make brownie batter in a large mixing bowl.

2. Pour half of the brownie batter into a lightly greased 9x9 baking pan.

3. Spoon caramel onto the brownie batter.

4. Drag a butter knife through the caramel and brownie batter to create ribbons of caramel that go through the brownie batter.

5. Pour remaining brownie batter into the baking pan.

6. Bake brownies according to directions on the back of the box of brownie mix.

7. Remove brownies from oven when a toothpick comes out clean; let brownies cool to touch.

8. Top brownies with drizzle of any remaining caramel and a pinch or two of salt. Cut brownies into 16 pieces and serve.

Notes

While the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of caramel, you can use up to 3/4 cup without issue during baking.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 87mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

This nutrition data is provided and calculated by Nutritionix. Please keep in mind that your specific nutritional values may vary based on the brand of ingredients you use to make this recipe.

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