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Salted Caramel Brownies

These fudgy and gooey Salted Caramel Brownies are the best of both worlds. These homemade delights offer a perfect balance of rich and gooey goodness, combining irresistible fudginess, chewiness, and a touch of decadence that will satisfy your sweet tooth with every delectable bite.

Salted caramel brownies cut into squares on piece of parchment paper.

Are you a fan of fudgy brownies? If so, you are in the right place. The salted caramel brownies are a delicious, homemade treat that will satisfy your cravings for something sweet. Thick, fudgy, moist, and topped with an irresistible Dulche de Leche, this chocolatey dessert delivers the decadence you want. 

The best part of this recipe, aside from its delicious flavor, is that it is super simple to make. With a few simple ingredients and a little time, you will have a delectable dessert that will beat boxed brownie mix every time. This is guaranteed to become one of your favorite desserts quickly.

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Why You’ll Love Salted Caramel Brownies

  • Easy to Make: These delicious brownies are super easy to make, requiring only a few easy ingredients. This recipe is virtually foolproof when creating perfect brownies every single time. 
  • Customizable: While this recipe is already fabulous, it is also highly customizable. You can easily incorporate ingredients like chocolate chips, nuts, or even a drizzle of chocolate sauce to make the brownies your own. 
  • Rich and Indulgent: Brownies are already a beloved classic, and adding semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder to this recipe ensures a deep, rich chocolate flavor that chocolate enthusiasts will adore. Especially with a glass of milk. 
  • Irresistible Combination: The combination of chocolate, gooey caramel, and salt has a universal appeal that resonates with a wide range of tastes. It’s a flavor profile that’s hard to resist.


The full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions is found at the bottom of the post.

  • Semi-sweet chocolate 
  • Unsalted butter 
  • Large eggs 
  • White granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour 
  • Cocoa powder
  • Dulche de Leche 
  • Flaky sea salt 
Ingredients to make salted caramel brownies.

How to Make Salted Caramel Brownies

  • Step One: Preheat the oven to 350F, line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment, and lightly grease with cooking oil spray.
  • Step Two: Put the chocolate and butter in a saucepan set over low heat and melt together, then set aside.
Steps to make salted caramel brownies.
  • Step Three: In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract and whisk until doubled in volume.
Steps to make salted caramel brownies.
  • Step Four: Pour in the melted chocolate and butter mixture and mix until thoroughly combined and uniform color.
Steps to make salted caramel brownies.
  • Step Five: Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and mix on a low speed until just combined.
  • Step Six: Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan, and smooth the top with the back of a spoon or off-set spatula.
  • Step Seven: Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 30 minutes. You can test for doneness by inserting a cocktail stick into the middle of the brownies. It should not come out clean but should not be wet, either. The brownies will continue to set in the pan once you remove them from the oven. See notes for alternative baking times.
Steps to make salted caramel brownies.

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    Step Eight: Put the Dulce de Leche into a microwave-safe bowl and heat on full power for 20-30 seconds to loosen it. Stir in a teaspoon of flaky sea salt. Pour the Dulce de Leche over the brownies and leave them to set at room temperature for 2-3 hours.

    Steps to make salted caramel brownies.
    • Step Nine: Remove the brownies from the pan and cut them into nine squares.
    • Step Ten: Sprinkle each brownie with sea salt, serve, and enjoy!
    Steps to make salted caramel brownies.

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    What to Serve with Salted Caramel Brownies

    Serve alongside your other favorite dessert recipes to create an impressive spread. 

    Variations and Substitutions

    • Nutty Delight: Add chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds to the brownie batter for extra crunch and flavor. This will create an exciting textural experience and the perfect brownie. 
    • Chocolate Lovers: Mix in chocolate chips or chunks for a burst of chocolate goodness in every bite. If you love your brownies super chocolatey, this is a great choice. 
    • Fruit Infusion: Add dried fruits like chopped dried cherries, cranberries, or raisins to the batter for a sweet and tangy twist. The dried fruits will pair well with the salted caramel flavor. 
    • Minty Freshness: Incorporate peppermint extract into the brownie batter and top with crushed candy canes or mint chocolate chips for a refreshing holiday-inspired treat. This is a fun dessert variation for Christmas time. 
    • Caramel Swirl: Instead of pouring the Dulce de Leche on top, swirl it into the brownie batter for a marbled effect.
    • Homemade Caramel: Use your homemade caramel sauce instead of the Dulce de Leche. Using your caramel recipe can add a whole different dimension of flavor to your brownies. 
    • Sea Salt Options: Try different types of flaky sea salt, such as Himalayan pink salt or smoked sea salt, to give your homemade brownies a distinct flavor.

    Storage Instructions

    If you have leftovers of this delicious, decadent dessert, you can easily store them for later. For best results, place your cooled brownies in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator. These brownies will keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

    Salted caramel brownies cut into squares.

    Can I Freeze?

    Yes absolutely. If you want to batch-cook these and store them in the freezer for later, you can. Place the brownies in an airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to a month. 

    Recipe Tips and Tricks

    • Use Quality Ingredients: Ensure you use high-quality chocolate to make these brownies. The better the quality of the chocolate you use, the richer your brownies will be. They will outperform a boxed mix.
    • Keep Ingredients at Room Temp: Bring your eggs to room temperature before incorporating them into your brownie batter. Cold eggs can cause your batter to seize or result in uneven mixing. 
    • Mix Properly: When you add the melted chocolate and melted butter to the egg mixture, do so gradually. You want to continuously mix to prevent the eggs from scrambling due to the heat of the chocolate and butter mixture. 
    • Sift the Dry Ingredients: Before you add your dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, you want to ensure that you sift them together. This will prevent lumps and allow you to mix the ingredients evenly. 
    • Don’t Overmix: Once you have added the dry ingredients, you want to ensure that you mix until they are combined. Overmixing can result in dense brownies. 
    • Test Their Doneness: When testing your brownies to see if they are finished baking, the cocktail stick should come out with a few moist crumbs. If you get wet batter, they are not done yet. 
    • Baking Time: If you want underdone, gooey brownies, reduce the baking time to 20 minutes. If you prefer chewy brownies set all the way through, increase the baking time to 40 minutes. 
    • Be Mindful of the Salt: Use a light touch when sprinkling sea salt on top. You can always add more if needed, but removing if you have too much is challenging.

    What is the Best Way to Cut Brownies?

    Before you remove the brownies from the pan and cut them, you will want to allow them to set for 2-3 

    minutes. Make sure you have a sharp knife on hand. To prevent crumbs and ensure precise cuts, use a gentle sawing motion rather than pressing the blade down forcefully. Cut brownies into even squares. You can add the sticky caramel layer to the top of the brownies before or after cutting them.  

    Why are my Brownies Dry?

    There could be several reasons that your brownies are dry. You either overbaked them, used incorrect measurements, overmixed them, or used low-quality ingredients. If you want amazing brownies, pay special attention to the cooking time and ingredient measurements. You also want to ensure you are not overmixing the batter or using low-quality ingredients. 

    Salted caramel brownie lifted on a fork.

    Why are my Brownies So Gooey?

    Your brownies could be overly gooey for several different reasons. They could be underbaked, the oven wasn’t set to the right temperature, you used the wrong pan, or you didn’t allow them to cool sufficiently. To make sure that your brownies are not overly gooey, it is important to make sure that you bake them for the appropriate amount of time, check the oven temperature, use the right pan, and allow them to cool for a long enough time. 

    Why are My Brownies So Dense?

    If you find these turned out to be overly dense, cake-like brownies, there could be a few reasons. Overmixing, using too much flour, and using poor-quality chocolate can all contribute to overly dense brownies. For the best brownies, make sure to avoid those things.

    How to Know When Brownies are Done

    When you check them with a cocktail stick, your brownies are done baking, which comes out with moist crumbs. You don’t want the stick to be clean, but you don’t want it to be wet with batter. 

    Can I Double the Recipe?

    Yes. You can double the brownie recipe to make a larger batch. Simply double the ingredients, use a large bowl, and use two 8-inch square baking pans. 

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    A salted caramel brownie with a bite out of it.


    How many servings does this brownie recipe make? 

    This delicious brownie recipe makes nine servings. You can always bake more if you don’t think that is enough. 

    Does this recipe take a long time to make?

    This recipe only takes 15 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of cook time. They are done quickly, and you will enjoy delicious ooey, gooey brownies. 

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    Salted Caramel Brownies

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 9
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 45 minutes
    These fudgy and gooey Salted Caramel Brownies are the best of both worlds. These homemade delights offer a perfect balance of rich and gooey goodness, combining irresistible fudginess, chewiness, and a touch of decadence that will satisfy your sweet tooth with every delectable bite.


    • 7 oz semi-sweet chocolate either high-quality chocolate baking chips or finely chopped from a bar.
    • 1 cup unsalted butter chopped into small cubes
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • ½ cup cocoa powder
    • 1 cup Dulce de Leche
    • 1 tsp flaky sea salt plus extra for sprinkling


    • Preheat the oven to 350℉. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper and lightly grease with cooking spray.
    • Add the chocolate and butter to a saucepan over low heat. Melt, stirring often. Set aside.
    • In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until doubled in volume.
    • Pour in the melted chocolate/butter mixture and mix until fully combined.
    • Sift in the flour and cocoa powder. Mix on low speed until just combined.
    • Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon or offset spatula.
    • Bake for 30 minutes. Test for doneness with a toothpick to the center of the brownies. It will not be clean, but shouldn't be wet either.
    • Place the Dulce de Leche in a microwavable dish and heat on high for 20 to 30 seconds to loosen it. Stir in the flaky sea salt.
    • Pour the Dulce de Leche over the brownies and let them set at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours.
    • Remove the brownies from the pan and cut into 9 squares. Sprinkle each brownie with flaky sea salt.


    Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 286mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 721IU | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 3mg

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Desserts
    Cuisine American
    Keyword brownies, salted caramel

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    1. Could dulce de leche be included in mx and baked instead of on top?

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