Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pure Decadence and Indulgence on a Plate!

I couldn't decide on the name of this post.  I thought about "The BEST Brownies EVER".... Nah... It doesn't clearly express how amazing these brownies are - they are simply fabulous!!  So I decided on Pure Decadence and Indulgence on a Plate - yep, that about sums it up!!!  

A few months ago I became hooked on The Pioneer Woman.  In one episode she featured "Knock You Naked Brownies".  (I have to stop here and tell you that every time I mention these brownies, Seth cracks up!  There is something about a 9 year old boy.... you know how it is - they think certain noises are hilarious and the word "naked" just sends him into a big case of the giggles!) But, back to the brownies.  They looked so delicious, rich and yummy.  I could not bring myself to make them though, because I have been on a diet since January.  Making these would certainly blow my diet BIG TIME! This past week though Seth and I went to the beach with my sister and her kids (and their friends).  I had mentioned the brownies to Anita (who is naturally slim - dang her!!).  She said to make them and bring them to the beach.  She was sure Spencer and Alex would love them and she would too! Yes, I am sure they would!!  So finally after months of dreaming about them, I was about to make brownies that are sure to knock you naked!!!!  Bring on the chocolate, walnuts, caramel and chocolate chips!!

This is the recipe - be ready - this is NOT diet food.  

Knock You Naked Brownies from Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman


  • 1 box (18.5 Ounce) German Chocolate Cake Mix (I Used Duncan Hines)
  • 1 cup Finely Chopped Pecans (I substituted chopped walnuts.) 
  • 1/3 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cup Evaporated Milk (additional)
  • 1/2 cup Butter, Melted
  • 60 whole Caramels, Unwrapped (When I make them the next time, I will decrease the caramels to around 30 - 40.) Seth and Jon both thought they were a little too "caramelly".  :-) 
  • 1/3 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, chopped pecans, 1/3 cup evaporated milk, and melted butter. Stir together until totally combined. Mixture will be very thick.
Press half the mixture into a well-greased 9 x 9 inch square baking pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and set aside. (I used an 8 X 8 square glass pan.) 
In a double boiler (or a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water) melt caramels with additional 1/2 cup evaporated milk. When melted and combined, pour over brownie base. Sprinkle chocolate chips as evenly as you can over the caramel. (I melted the caramel in a glass mixing bowl in the microwave.  It worked like a charm.) 
Turn out remaining brownie dough on work surface. Use your hands to press it into a large square a little smaller than the pan. Use a spatula to remove it from the surface, then set it on top of the caramel and chocolate chips.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from pan and allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for several hours. When ready to serve, generously sift powdered sugar over the surface of the brownies. Cut into either nine or twelve helpings, and carefully remove from the pan.

There you have it - the best, and richest, most amazing brownie EVER!  I should point out though that there is no way you can eat an entire brownie in one "sitting".  I could only eat three or four bites (at the most) at a time.  Spencer and Alex had no problem inhaling them though - oh to be 19 and still have an active metabolism!  LOL

Can you see the layers of yummy goodness?

So... are you looking for a dessert that will knock your socks off or knock you naked??? Try these YUMMMMY brownies!  They are so rich and decadent and worth a major calorie splurge!  

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  1. Holy Moly. For sure not diet food but brownies never should be. Sounds wonderful. My daughter is the brownie baker around here so I must show here the recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. i've seen her work, cook book & show ... but i have yet to try the recipe. they look so good. yum. (:

  3. Greetings from another Buttercup!

    The brownies look fabulous, but I don't dare have them in the house.

  4. They look wonderful! I really do have to try them soon!

  5. oh my those look wonderful!

    And a brownie should NEVER be diet food.
    Unless you go on a brownie diet :)

  6. Oh, boy. Now those DO look awesome! I love caramel--I can imagine I'd have trouble stopping at just one of these goodies!!

    Thanks for joining Grace at Home!

  7. OMG, these are not on my diet. Y'all are killing me linking up these fattening goodies.


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