Monday, February 14, 2011

Pink Caramel Delightful Bars

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m still in class. Sneak typing, you ever do this? So, instead of my own recipe today I offer you a shortcut brownie from Camilla V. Saulsbury’s gem, “Brownie Mix Bliss”. These gooey topped crunchy based treats are reminiscent of Girl Scout cookies on steroids.

Think salty brownie crust that mimics the texture of pecan sandies with all the fixings one might ever want, minus peanut butter.

I wonder if my teacher takes brownie bribes?

Pink Caramel Delightful Bars
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Though the coconut mixture’s dyed pink for Valentine’s Day, feel free to leave it out.

19.5 (or close) package brownies mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
7 ounce package (about 2 2/3 cups) sweetened shredded coconut
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Red food dye (optional)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks or chips (I used Hershey’s bars)
1 cup chopped pecans, optional but recommended
30 caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Position a rack on the lower third of the oven. Grease a 9x13 inch Pyrex baking dish.

2. In a medium mixing bowl the brownie mix and melted butter with a wooden spoon until just blended and all day ingredients are moistened. Press mixture into prepared pan.

3. Bake 15 minutes. Remove pan but leave oven on.

4. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl mix the coconut, condensed milk, vanilla, and food dye until well blended; spread over hot crust (don’t be afraid to use your fingers) and sprinkle with chocolate chunks and pecans.

5. Bake for 15 to 28 minutes, or until coconut is lightly browned. Transfer pan to a wire rack.

6. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the caramels and milk together on high for 30 seconds then stir. Repeat until caramels are melted. Drizzle over brownies. Cool completely and cut into bars.

Recipe adapted slightly from Brownie Mix Bliss by Camilla V. Saulsbury. Photograph by Laura Flowers.


The Atwoods said...

You are so funny, Laura!! Nothing says foodie like posting recipes in real estate class. ;) LOL

Joanne said...

Sneak typing is the way to go. I do it. Constantly.

You can bribe me with these if you want. I'm easily persuaded. Although they look fantabulous.

natasha {schue love} said...

UM these DO look delightful if I do say so myself!! Happy Valentine's Day! xo

Monet said...

I sneak type all the time. And yes, I'm sure your teacher could be bribed with some brownies. I know I could! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. Hugs and well wishes from Austin! Happy Valentine's Day!

Unknown said...

I am even worse because I steal time from work! lol

These looks so super decadent and good

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog and I could not be more excited. Can't wait to see all of your recipes. I love to cook and bake!

alyce said...

These look delish.

Meg Luby said...

ha, these are so fun! i love the decadence but, even more, adore the hue :-D
thanks for sharing

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Delish... perfect for the day!

Fay said...
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Fay said...

Love a student who food blogs while in class...just like I do! :)

These look absolutely amazing!

Unknown said...

That looks wonderful.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Um, if she won't I certainly will take a brownie bribe. Hit me up ;p.

xlizzyx said...

Genius idea lol :) no really... im inspired to bake smth for tomorrow!
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