Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ultimate Turtle Brownies (Treats For Co-Irkers)

These little parcels of palate-pleasing perfection were supposed to be treats for the co-irkers last week, but as unluck would have it, BOTH local grocery stores were out of caramels.

Tell me that this has happened to you before. You go to the store for one thing and one thing only. You get to the proper aisle and EVERY SINGLE SLOT is filled with whatever it is you're NOT looking for, and then you lean down and read the label for the ONE EMPTY SLOT and it's the SINGLE THING YOU'RE LOOKING FOR. Do you:

A. Buy a bunch of other stuff you don't need and forget about it?
B. Drop to the floor and throw a tantrum the likes of which no grocery store employee has ever seen before?
C. Calmly return your cart to its proper place and head to the other store where you find that they are also out of that same ingredient and THEN drop to the floor and throw a tantrum replete with any and every obscenity your mother has ever washed your mouth out for saying?
D. Go home. Drink a glass of wine. Then make something else?

Ah... maturity. I chose D. The turtle brownies could wait another week.

Ultimate Turtle Brownies (from Betty Crocker's Fall Baking)

1 box Betty Crocker Premium Brownies Original Supreme
1 egg
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
36 caramels, unwrapped
3 TBSP heavy whipping cream
1 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chunks
2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees for dark or nonstick pan.) Spray bottom and sides of 9-inch square pan with cooking spray and dust with flour.

Make the brownie batter as directed on the box. Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 18 minutes.

While brownies are baking place caramels and cream into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until caramels are melted and smooth.

Pour caramel over partially baked brownies. Sprinkle with half of the chocolate chunks and half of the pecans. Spoon the remaining batter over the caramel layer. Top with remaining chocolate chunks and pecans.

Bake for an additional 34-37 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from oven and cool one hour. Cover, then refrigerate for one hour before cutting. Store covered at room temperature.

30 comments:

Haden News said...

You are my kinda girl :) Your brownies do look delicious!!

The Mom Chef said...

Oh groan....caramel! I adore caramel. I'll eat chocolate if it's been kissed by the gooey goodness.

When stuff is not on the shelf, I usually ask an employee to go to the back and look if there's more in stock. I figure if they've wasted my time by making them come all the way to the store, I'm gonna doggone waste theirs by making them go back and look for something I know isn't going to be in stock. Ha!

Barbara Bakes said...

How can you stand to give away all the fabulous things you bake. I would have a freezer full. These look unbelievable delicious!

Moogie said...

girl.... how many times do I have say that I'm sick of the co-irkers getting all the treats. I have it on good intel they don't appreciate you.

scrambledhenfruit said...

These brownies look so good! If I had caramels I'd make them tonight. :)

Frieda said...

Now, this is my kind of treat!

If this happened to me, I would have 1) gone home 2) searched the Internet for 2 hours to figure out how to make homemade caramels 3) spent another 2 hours making it and end up burning my fingers in the process...

I like how you handled it...well done!

Sue said...

These look FANTASTIC, Mags! I would pick B.:) You should have seen me for months looking for pumpkin...The store finally had some on Saturday and I bought a boat load!

Arnold said...

These look delicious. Thanks. Anything with pecan nuts in is normally good for me.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Your brownie look so delicious, like the toppings especially!

Jennifer said...

These look soooo richy and gooey YUM!

Margie said...

You are so brave! I would have dropped to the floor and thrown a tantrum, after five minutes I would have picked myself up off the floor and begun a re-arrangement of food items on the nearby shelves.
I'd show them whose boss!
;)

Oh, by the way. THOSE LOOK SO YUMMY! What is your address? We lurkers are searching for homes in your area. ;)

stephchows said...

A followed by D. :)

June said...

Definitely C! By the way, Mags I love your alliteration - there's nobody and I mean nobody that can do it like you can. As for the recipe, geez murph woman you're hard on the willpower.

Amanda said...

Whoa, this sounds amazing! Your brownies look mouth watering rich and decadent. Yum!

Megan said...

Ha ha. I usually drive from store to store and then throw a temper tantrum. I'll have to remember option D next time. By the way... it's right about the time of day when lunch is wearing off, and I'm looking for a sweet snack. Wish you were my co-worker!

Nanan said...

Always, always, always opt for the wine, Caramels are worth the wait.

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

I retired last year, but I'm beginning to think that going back to work as one of your co-irkers would be delightful. Chocolate, caramels, pecans ... sign me up, please!

Co Irker said...

First, your valiant efforts must be applauded. And your graceful acceptance of things beyond your control must be praised.

As for the wait, twas well worth it. Let me speak plainly, I am a chocolate freak - the richer, the more decadent, the more intense, the better. This brownie exceeded all those requirements so magnificently that one bite - one! bite! - lasted me until after lunch time. Where the brownie was promptly devoured in several large bites.

That being said, I am very thankful for not only these great treats but for you, Mags. And anyone who thinks otherwise clearly has not had the pleasure of meeting you or basking in beauty of your baked goods bounty.:::cough, see fourth comment from the top, cough::: Or they just want to be a coirker -and, really, who wouldn't want to be?

Thank you so much our bodacious, benefic beata.

TGIF

Julie said...

Love, love, love caramel. I could eat LOTS of these! I am all about going home and drinking a glass of wine and maybe making something else or maybe just having another glass of wine. :)

Val said...

Yes, Please!

Amanda said...

you are killing me. How can I get a job where your husband works??

Karen said...

B. ;)

From the Kitchen said...

Upon finding no caramels at the second grocery store, I would have done a., b., c., and d.!! I'm impressed with the mature way in which you handled the situation!!

Best,
Bonnie

ajcabuang04 said...

Looks so decadent!!! Yum!!

Ms. Meanie said...

Hi Mags! How are ya? I know I have been MIA for a while. Things have been busy with the new job. I hope things are great with you. Your photos and treats look delish as usual!

Striving Bean said...
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strivingbean.com said...

My goodness, so delicious looking. And each with its own little white place mat - how cute!

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

I have had that happen so many times too! The final result looks delish@!

Mary said...

Oh my! ...Okay, maybe I'm making these for dinner tonight ;)

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Pretty. Good. Food. said...

Yum yum yum!!! Looks so delicious :)