Chocolate and caramel and pecans....oh my! I like to call these my "pimped out" brownies. Sure, chocolate brownies are yummy but why not add some caramel and pecans to push them over the top?
I am having a "day" (a pretty rough day) and I need some chocolate...badly! We are talking about one of those "stay in your jammies all day, lying on the couch eating cheese puffs" kind of days.
Please don't tell anyone, most people think I'm pretty happy go lucky all the time and I hate to break the illusion (I basically hide my bad moods behind chocolate, red wine, and mashed potatoes). I once had a grumpy woman accuse me of having butterflies flying out of my butt! I'm not sure what that means....but I think it means I try to find the positive in life!
So today I am going to try and focus on these beauties that I have created! They are pretty darn yummy and not too hard on the eyes! They are also super easy! One might even say they are cheater brownies (yes...I used a box....I try not to do it often....but I'm human....and it was a super yummy, good brand).
This does not mean that you need to use a box....you can use your favorite recipe....or my favorite recipe from my blog! My Triple Chocolate Espresso Brownies would be perfect for this recipe. You could omit the espresso if you feel it would be too much (I do it all the time when I want to create a new brownie creation).
Basically I'm telling you.....make these brownies and maybe some mashed potatoes, open a bottle of wine and put in season one (through 10) of the "Friends" series, and wash your bad day away!!!! That's what this crazy girl is gonna do! :)
Chocolate Turtle Brownies
For the brownies:
1 box brownie mix (or your favorite brownie recipe)
Follow instructions on box to make the brownies. Can pour the batter into a greased 9x9 inch pan or use your greased mini muffin tins, as I have done, to make little brownie turtle bites! (actually I used my Demarle mini muffin tray that I got from my good friend Kim.....check out her page to order this fabulous non-stick tray....super cool).
Bake as per the instructions on box or until toothpick inserted into brownies comes out almost clean (I like mine a little fudgy).
For the turtle topping:
1/2 cup toasted pecan pieces, chopped
Sprinkle over cooled brownies
1/2 bag of caramels, wrappers removed
4 tablespoons cream
Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted. Drizzle over top of brownies and pecans.
1/2 cup chocolate chip pieces or a really good dark chocolate bar, chopped (depending on your mood)
2 tablespoons cream
Microwave together for 30 seconds, stir and give it another 15-30 seconds if not completely melted. Drizzle over the brownies.
Allow the chocolate to set....and....ENJOY!!!
(see....I told you it was easy) :) :) :)
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