Warm Nutty Caramel Brownies

A Pampered Chef recipe for my sister-in-law Mary;  I have never made these myself (yet!) but have eaten them and they are delicious!

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 (12 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

1 (18 – 21 oz) package brownie mix, plus ingredients to make cake like brownies

3/4 cup packed brown sugar, divided

1 cup salted mixed nuts, divided

5 (1.7 oz each, 40 pieces total) rolls milk chocolate covered chewy caramels, divided

1  Preheat oven to 375.  Lightly brush Large Bar Pan with oil using Chef’s Silicone Basting Brush.  Chop 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips using Food Chopper.  In Classic Batter Bowl, combine brownie mix, water, oil, eggs and 1/4 cup of brown sugar and mix well.  Fold in chopped chips and pour batter into pan, spreading evenly with Small Mix N Scraper.

2  Chop nuts using Food Chopper.  Combine half the nuts and remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar and sprinkle evenly over batter.  Bake 20 – 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

3  Meanwhile, using Utility Knife, cut 16 caramels into quarters.  Place remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips in Prep Bowl and microwave on high 1 minute or until melted, stirring after each 20 second interval.  Spoon melted chocolate into reasealable plastic bag and set aside.

4  Remove pan from oven to Stackable Cooling Rack.  Immediately press remaining 24 caramels evenly into brownies in 4 rows of 6 caramels each.  Sprinkle quartered caramels and remaining nuts over brownies.  Trim corner of chocolate filled bag and drizzle chocolate evenly over brownies.  Cut into squares and serve warm.  And just a tip for an easy way to cut brownies – use a plastic knife, not a metal one, and the brownies will be much easier and less messy to cut!

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