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Decadent Caramel Brownies

4.72 from 53 votes
It just makes sense to combine chocolate and caramel any chance you get, so I did just that in my dreamy Decadent Caramel Brownies recipe!
My Decadent Caramel Brownies cut and ready to serve.

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Hi Bold Bakers!

I call this recipe decadent for a reason! These caramel brownies are fudgy, gooey, rich, sweet, perfection! Each mouthful is filled with a delicious chocolate taste – and if you pair it with my Signature Salted Caramel Sauce, you’ll also get an incredible chewy, sweet and salty caramel bite. 

Is there anything better than salted caramel and chocolate? 

This homemade caramel brownie recipe is all about flavor layering. The salt in my salted caramel sauce and the bittersweet chocolate in this recipe combine nicely to overthrow any intense sugar rush you may be afraid of — and on top of that, the caramel swirls throughout looks simply beautiful! 

What You Need To Make Caramel Brownies

In addition to the necessary ingredients, you’ll just need a few things from around the kitchen to make these brownies, including:

How To Make Caramel

Making a great caramel sauce is actually very simple to do — and I firmly believe every baker should have a great recipe in their back pockets to pair with any dessert. For me, that’s my Signature Salted Caramel Sauce. It’s a recipe I go to again and again, and holds a special place in my refrigerator, as well as my heart! 

While easy, making this sauce does take some patience. Simply put, you just have to heat the ingredients (granulated sugar and water) correctly and then add butter!

A bunch of caramel brownies next to a jar of sweet caramel sauce.

How To Make Caramel Brownies

This recipe essentially calls for a perfect brownie batter and added caramel to make it even more delicious. Here’s how it works (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, down below):

  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine sugar, water, and chocolate. Microwave until chocolate has melted, around 2-3 minutes. 
  2. Let the mix cool slightly then whisk in eggs, oil, and vanilla extract. Then, sift in dry ingredients, mixing just until a batter is formed. 
  3. Directly into the batter, swirl in 1/4 cup of My Signature Salted Caramel Sauce, or storebought sauce.
  4. Pour batter into buttered and lined baking pan and swirl remainder of caramel sauce on top. 
  5. Important step: sprinkle sea salt on top to layer on that flavor! 
  6. Bake for 55-65 minutes at 350°F (180°C).
  7. Remove from oven, allow to cool, pile on some vanilla ice cream, and go to town!

A close up of my Decadent Caramel Brownies recipe, showing the moist chocolate and caramel texture.

Gemma’s Pro Tips For Caramel Brownies

  • DO NOT OVERCOOK! Brownies continue to cook when you take them out of the oven, so you will want to remove they still feel soft in the middle, but have firm edges. 
  • Don’t over mix the batter. You want to make sure there are no streaks of flour throughout, but overmixing leads to tough brownies.
  • Use bittersweet chocolate (70%). The darker chocolate makes the brownies perfectly rich and not overly sweet.
  • Don’t forget to season your brownies! Salt serves as a best friend to both caramel and chocolate, and it truly takes the brownies to another level.
  • If you can’t have eggs, check out my 7 Best Egg Substitutes in Baking!

How To Store Caramel Brownies

Caramel brownies can be covered and kept at room temperature for up to 4 days. But this recipe also freezes really well! Freeze the caramel brownies for up to 4 weeks and defrost in a microwave to enjoy later.

This is a great recipe to explore your tastebuds and learn to trust yourself as a baker! Don’t be afraid of adding salt to your chocolate or caramel — I’m positive that the taste won’t just surprise you, but it will make you reach for sea salt every time you bake with caramel.

Make More Brownies!

A grid of my Caramel Brownies recipe as I reach in and grab one, with a jar of caramel sauce looking on.

And don’t forget to buy my Bigger Bolder Baking cookbook for 115 recipes!

Full (and printable) recipe below!

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Decadent Caramel Brownies Recipe

4.72 from 53 votes
It just makes sense to combine chocolate and caramel any chance you get, so I did just that in my dreamy Decadent Caramel Brownies recipe!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 people
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
It just makes sense to combine chocolate and caramel any chance you get, so I did just that in my dreamy Decadent Caramel Brownies recipe!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 people


  • 2 1/2 cups (20oz/565g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (4floz/115ml) water
  • 2/3 cup (4oz/115g) bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 4 large eggs*
  • 1 cup (8floz/225ml) flavorless oil (sunflower, veg, canola etc)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (7 1/2oz/213g) all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (2 2/3oz/76g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup My Signature Salted Caramel Sauce divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter and line an 8x8 square cake pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar, water, and chocolate. In the microwave or over a bain-marie heat this mixture gently until the chocolate has melted, roughly 2-3 minutes. Allow this mix to cool slightly.
  • Into the cooled chocolate mixture whisk in the eggs, oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Next, sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  • Mix this batter until just combined and there are no streaks of flour.
  • Into the batter swirl in 1/4 cup of My Signature Salted Caramel Sauce .
  • Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan and finish by swirling in the remaining 1/4 cup of My Signature Salted Caramel Sauce on top and sprinkle over the sea salt.
  • Bake for roughly 55-65 minutes. Bake the brownies a little under so that they remain fudgy on the inside.
  • Once baked allow to cool in the pan before cutting them. Enjoy warm with vanilla ice-cream and even more caramel sauce on top if you want.
  • Cover and store at room temperature for up to 4 days. They can also be frozen for up to 4 weeks.

Recipe Notes

Egg Substitute: Check out my 7 Best Egg Substitutes in Baking
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Adina Lesperance
Adina Lesperance
3 years ago

I only have semi-sweet chocolate chips on hand. Would I still use 2/3 cup?

Farina Ahmed
Farina Ahmed
3 years ago

Hi ! Is it possible to substitute the semi-sweet chocolate with sweet milk chocolate ( eaten as candy) or with cocoa powder? It is a bit hard to find baking chocolate here nowadays.

3 years ago

Hi Gemma, can we use brown sugar here

Sheri Pitroski
Sheri Pitroski
2 years ago

Something is not right…. I’ve been making a variety of brownies for over 50 years and I should have known better. Much too much batter for an 8×8 pan. Almost burnt on the outside and still raw in the middle. Great flavor – but I need to try a bigger pan for a more even bake. Disappointed.

11 months ago

Hi Gemma! I need your little help. I’m a newbie and I already read your article on Oven toaster but still I’m confused… I have Westpoint rotisserie oven toaster wf2800… Plz can you plz simply the exact temp and timing for caramel brownies, Gemma’s best ever brownies and other cupcakes recipe…thanks❤️

1 year ago

Can I bake these brownies for less than 35 minutes?
I usually bake them using a glass baking dish for 40 minutes which made them perfectly fudgy and gooey.
However I tried a metal pan and find at 35 minutes they are a bit too dry for me. Can I go for a shorter time?

Seriously the best brownie recipe ever!!!

Joyce Lachance
Joyce Lachance
2 years ago

sorry I’m talking about the caramel sauce, I tried making it and it never caramelized it turn hard while simmering

2 years ago

hi Gemma ! can this batter be frozen and baked later ??

2 years ago

This was amazing ❤️❤️❤️ I just loved it so much..I had baked two batches one for me and one for my kid…it was the tastiest brownie…thans a ton Gemma

Jane Witney
Jane Witney
2 years ago

Amazing brownies! Many thanks for the recipe

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