These salted caramel cream cheese brownies are all your favourite things in one decadent, luxurious bite. These will, literally, earn you all the brownie points you will ever need!
I’ve found that there are two kinds of brownies: crumbly and cake-like vs. rich, chewy and fudgy. If you like the former, I’m sorry, you would hate this recipe because these salted caramel cream cheese brownies might be the richest, chewiest and fudgiest brownies you’d ever get to taste!
Today’s recipe was actually supposed to be pumpkin pie. It was delicious. Except I messed up the crust and it turned hard as rock. Unfortunately I didn’t have any of the ingredients to do it again; just a lonely block of cream cheese.
So I figure, what can I do with that? Most cheesecakes need 2 or more so time to get creative…I think the best recipes are a result of people thinking of ways to clean out their pantry or fridge don’t you think?
In my case, I had cream cheese, heavy cream that’s about to go bad, a jar of brown sugar just waiting to be refilled, and cocoa powder I have been meaning to use just so I can throw out the gigantic tub it was in. So these salted caramel cream cheese brownies were born!
Salted caramel cream cheese brownies
There are several steps to get to these bars of deliciousness but I promise every step is worth it.
Step 1: Make a batch of salted caramel sauce. It’s easy and takes no time at all. You can even make it ahead of time. Or you can buy your favourite store brand.
Step 2: Make your salted caramel cream cheese – beat until smooth and creamy.
Step 3: Whisk your brownie batter. Do it by hand so you don’t over mix it.
Step 4: Layer your brownies – chocolate, cream cheese, swirl. Repeat. Don’t get carried away with the swirling though – we want pretty swirls. We don’t want the two batters to totally incorporate.
Step 5: Bake. Your kitchen should start smelling pretty awesome by now! (This step is when I do my kitchen clean-up too. Just saying).
Step 6: And this is the hardest part. Chill the brownies. You can simply wait for it to completely cool on your counter before cutting into squares but trust me, a few hours in the fridge (I did mine overnight) do wonders.
Step 7: Cut into squares and enjoy! Some of my taste testers liked it at room temperature. Others straight cold out of the fridge. I absolutely love it cold. Try and see what you like.
Give them out for Christmas!
Spread the calories, I mean, the cheer this holiday season! These keep really well and would make for amazing gifts. Or serve to company after dinner, over coffee, at breakfast why not? It’s Christmas.
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