Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Caramel-Kettle Chips-Chocolate Brownies

There's such a thrill to baking; a certain peace and assurance that I absolutely love about it. I love coming into a kitchen with all the supplies I need, a recipe I've never tried, all the time I could need, and no pressure to make it for something specific. I mean, as much as I love baking for other people, sometimes I do it just to give myself a challenge.

So even though I haven't been making anything completely regularly because of school being out, a friend tweeted a picture of these awesome-looking chocolate caramel covered potato chip brownies:

 
Don't these look delicious? Oh my gosh I had to try them- they're just so different. Here's the recipe that I used, but definitely changed around some!
 
Basically, you're baking a layer of brownies. Then you poke holes in the top, pour a layer of caramel, push potato chips on top, then add a layer of melted chocolate. She says to use five cups of kettle chips- four normal cups and one cup of crushed chips. But after I had poured my caramel (and realized I only had one bag of kettle chips to use), I just crushed all the chips and pushed them on top. I figured that it would probably be hard to cut them if the chips were whole and weren't crushed. And after I put the chocolate on after that, I just left it at that. No need to add more kettle chips! I'm really glad I didn't, it seemed to be just enough crunchy.
 
 
Also, just a little thing, but she says that she used an 8 x 8, but I used an 11 x 7 and they turned out just fine!
 
Note: These are heavy. I mean, they're so sweet and so crunchy and so decadent that it was just an overload. Don't get me wrong, I could eat an unhealthy amount of desserts in one sitting, but these are just SO MUCH, and that's why they're great. Everyone that had them (including my picky neighbor) loved them!


 
Caramel-Kettle Chips-Chocolate Brownies
 
Ingredients
 
Brownie layer:
  • 1 stick & 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 & 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Caramel-Kettle Chips-Chocolate layer:
  • 14 oz. solid caramel (I used a whole bag Kraft Caramel Bits; 14 oz. is 1.75 cups) + 3 tbsp. water
  • 2 cups crushed sea salt kettle chips (I used about half a bag of Sea Salt Kettle Brand chips)
  • About 12 oz. of melting chocolate (Depends on how much chocolate you like)
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish (8x8 or 11x7) with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Pour the sugar, cocoa powder, and melted butter into a standing mixer and beat together well until fluffy.
  • Mix in the salt, water, and vanilla. Mix in the eggs, one at a time.
  • Add in the flour and chocolate chips.
  • Spread the batter into the prepared dish and bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Let cool for 25-30 minutes (I left mine out for about an hour). Make holes by sticking the end of a wooden spoon all over the top of the brownies.
  • Unwrap all of the caramel and put into a microwave-safe bowl. Pour the water on top. Microwave 30 seconds at a time until smooth and liquidy.
  • Pour the caramel all over the brownies, aiming to fill the holes. Drop and push the crushed kettle chips into this caramel.
  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time and pour over the chips until completely covered (it looks prettier when you can't see any of the chips). *I used the water/caramel idea with the chocolate and added a little bit of water (about 2 tbsp.) with the chocolate before putting it in the microwave, stirring between each cycle. This made it easier to pour onto the brownies, but took a lot longer to harden.
  • Let harden by leaving out or putting it in the refrigerator for about an hour. Or heck, eat it while it's still a warm mess!
 
Enjoy your crunchy sweet treat!
xoxo,
Meredith
 

2 comments:

  1. Having a thirll in the kitchen - all that excitement about new recipes - yes! I hear ya. :) These look amazing. Love salty/sweet :)

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