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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Joann's Brownies

Our library has a group that meets once or twice a month. This past month we met for our Knit Wits group (we crochet and knit) and exchanged our favorite holiday treats. I got this recipe from one of the ladies there, and tried it for Thanksgiving.

OK, so the picture does not do this recipe justice, but take my word for it, it is delicious!

1 box German chocolate cake mix
1/4 cup butter, melted
small can evaporated milk
6 oz chocolate chips
1 cup pecans (I used almonds)
14 oz caramel candy cubes (these were very difficult to find)

Set oven to 350. Unwrap caramels. Combine with 1/3 cup of evaporated milk (1/2 can) and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Melt margarine and combine cake mix, margarine and rest of evaporated milk. Pat 1/2 of this mixture into a 12 X 8 pan and bake for 5 mins. 

Sprinkle with chocolate chips and pecans then pour the melted caramel mixture over the top. Blob the remaining cake mixture in small blobs over the top and finish baking for 30 mins. The top cake may or may not run all the way together, it still tastes great!

Since I do not have a 12 X 8 pan, I used a 9 x 13 cake pan. Instead of pressing 1/2 the cake mixture in the pan, I pressed the whole thing, then just sprinkled the top with the nuts, and chocolate chips and poured the melted caramel on top. Keep an eye on them while cooking. It did not take the full 30 minutes in the oven I used, it just depends on your oven's temperature. 

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