Salted Caramel Pecan Brownies

I may have misled you guys the other day when I was talking about that Salted Caramel Sauce. Sure, I gave away most of it as gifts. And sure, Hubby enjoyed it on top of ice cream. But one of the real reasons I wanted to make it was so that I could make these Salted Caramel Pecan Brownies.

If you like turtles, you’ll love these brownies. I made these while my mom was visiting since she loves turtles. I whipped them up in no time and then we had to wait the brutal couple of hours for them to chill and set up. We all really enjoyed these brownies. They were very decadent without over-doing it.

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Salted Caramel Pecan Brownies

If you like turtles, you'll love these salted caramel pecan brownies!

Yield: 24 brownies

Ingredients:

3/4 cup pecans
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup caramel sauce
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Place the pecans on a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until toasted, about 7 minutes. Coarsely chop and set aside.

Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with foil, leaving several inches overhang on the sides. Grease the foil with butter or cooking spray and set aside.

Place the bittersweet chocolate and butter in a medium bowl set over a pot of simmering water, making sure the water does not touch the bowl. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth, then remove from heat.

Whisk in the sugar, eggs and vanilla and continue whisking until glossy and thick, about 2 minutes. Stir in the flour and salt and mix until just blended. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly.

Stir half of the chopped pecans into your prepared caramel sauce (if you use store-bought, you may have to heat it up slightly before doing this). Drop the caramel pecan mixture by spoonfuls onto the brownie batter. Gently swirl with a wooden skewer or thin metal spatula.

Scatter the remaining pecans and chocolate chips on top.

Bake for about 35 minutes.

Set the pan on a wire rack and allow brownies to cool completely in the pan. Grab the foil overhang to lift the brownies out of the pan. Cut into squares and serve.

Extra brownies can be kept in an airtight container up to a week and will stay even fresher if wrapped individually in plastic wrap.

Recipe from The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather, as seen on Cook Like a Champion

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17 Responses to “M&M Surprise Cookies”

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    stephchows — December 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    WOW total sugar coma! I love that it’s a PB cookie with a whole PB cup put into it!! Such a fun idea ๐Ÿ™‚

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    birdutmasali — December 4, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    and peanut butter
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    Jelli Bean — December 4, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Considering it’s not even 10am and I’ve just polished off my 4th cheesecake brownie, I’d better stay as far away from these cookies as possible. They look phenomenal.

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    Ingrid — December 4, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Looks good. I bet they’d be super festive looking with the holiday m&ms.

    Happy Friday!
    ~ingrid

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    nutmegnanny — December 5, 2009 at 1:26 am

    These look sugary and delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ I tend to find mini M&M’s either in the check out lane or at Christmas I find them over where they have little stocking stuffer candy.

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    Molly Jean — December 5, 2009 at 2:49 am

    I have the sugar shakes just thinking about these ๐Ÿ™‚ They are waaaay too cute!

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    Julie — December 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    I’d love that sugar party in my mouth…wow!

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    oneordinaryday — December 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    My kiddos would be all over this. All that candy PLUS a cookie?! They’d love it! LOL

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    oneordinaryday — December 8, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Oh – the mini m&ms? I can usu. only find them in the check-out aisles in the small tubes. I haven’t seen them in bags in a long time.

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    Jen — December 8, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I’ll have to look up by the checkout next time I need mini M&Ms. I was definitely looking for a bag…

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    Amy — December 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    OMG your pictures are TDF

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    Lisa — December 8, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    The only place I can find M&M minis now is in the bulk candy aisle. I haven’t seen them in any sort of packaging in ages.

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    bridget {bake at 350} — January 3, 2010 at 1:03 am

    “super sugar overload cookies” sound good to me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for linking!

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    Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} — January 3, 2010 at 3:40 am

    Very Clever!

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    Katie — January 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Wow those look great, I’ll have to try them. I love your photography!

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