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Friday, January 4, 2013

Salted Caramel Brownies | The Barefoot Contessa Project

This post is part of my "A Month with The Barefoot Contessa" project.  To read all about the project and to find the index of posts for the project, click here.


Salted Caramel treats have been around for quite a while, but that doesn't make them any less delicious!  I featured Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes on this blog 2 years ago...  funny to look at those old photos!

I love how the Barefoot Contessa featured Salted Caramel Brownies in her new book - she doesn't reinvent the wheel.  She uses her own classic brownie recipe for Outrageous Brownies, then recommends that they be topped with a drizzle of store-bought caramel sauce, then flaked sea salt.  That's right, its not really a new recipe, but a new excuse to make brownies.... who doesn't need that?!

I made a half batch of my favorite brownie recipe and made it in an 8x8 pan.  My recipe is a combination of Martha Stewart's and the Barefoot Contessa's recipe.  It uses melted chocolate chips for a rich chocolate flavor.  I don't use extra chocolate chips, as Ina recommends, because I like the brownies to be soft and smooth inside, similar to chocolate truffles... as the name I gave them suggests : Chocolate Truffle Brownies.  If you use a box mix, which is great, too, the entire box will work great in a 8x8 or 9x9 pan, but as I mentioned, I made half of a batch of my homemade recipe.


Brownies baked in my favorite brownie pan - Golden Touch 8x8 Pan from Williams-Sonoma, $26.

I made my Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce - a lot easier than you would think.

Pour = Yum

Read to salt.

Be sure to be generous with the salt.  Thirty seconds later...



  1. Love the Verrill Farm spoon :) And these look amazing!

  2. Yum, those look delicious. I love following your Barefoot Contessa project.

  3. Looks great. I tried these as well and you are right, that sauce is so easy to make! I was shocked actually. -Tonya

  4. Very amazing.. I love the Contessa and you of course!

  5. NJ Heather10:15 AM

    I made these yesterday too! I cheated a bit and used a boxed brownie mix (Ghiradelli) but made homemade caramel (Barefoot recipe). I thought they were out of this world, especially when paired with Haagen Daz vanilla bean ice cream! My husband wasn't a fan. He's more of a purest with his brownies and would have preferred them without the caramel and sea salt.

  6. Love, love, love Barefoot Contessa AND you! Her brownies are definitely the go-to brownie recipe for the ages. I received her Parties! book for Christmas this year - now my collection is complete. You MUST try her Coconut Cupcakes and Salmon Salad from her first book - it is how I got hooked on Ina. I'm excited for what is to come this month - and hope I can run into you when you are teaching a class sometime - my daughter lives in Kansas City and I get that direction every now and then.

  7. These look so delicious! I love anything Ina makes, thanks for sharing!

  8. Hi Jenny--love your blog! I made these last night and my fiance and I could have eaten half the pan! I am going to make caramel all the time; your instructions were flawless. Keep it up, you are so inspiring! xo

  9. I created these yesterday and my future husband and I could have consumed 50 percent the pan! I am going to create caramel all the time; your guidelines were perfect..
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