Turtle Brownies

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This recipe is from my friend Stephanie.  She makes the most delicious holiday cookies and she always includes these yummy brownies. I made ONE change to the recipe, which I’ll note below.

TURTLE BROWNIES (aka Lava Brownies — see below)

1 box chocolate cake mix (original recipe uses German chocolate cake mix)
1 (14 oz.) pkg. caramels
2/3 c. evaporated milk
3/4 c. melted butter
1 c. nuts
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
** Line 9X13 pan with parchment paper. When the brownies are cooled, you can lift them out of the pan and cut them easier**
Combine caramels and 1/3 cup evaporated milk in microwave safe bowl.  Cook 1 minute at a time until melted (roughly 3 mins on high)
Melt butter.
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Combine cake mix, remaining milk and butter.
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Blend until mixture holds together.
Stir in nuts.
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Press 1/2 of cake mixture in a greased 13 x 9 inch pan and bake for 6 minutes at 350 degrees.
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Remove from oven.
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Sprinkle chocolate chips on the brownie base.
Pour melted caramels evenly on top.
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Crumble remaining mix over caramels.
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Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. (You may need extra time)
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(this is where Lava brownies comes in, because that’s what this stage reminds me of. What do you think?  Do Lava Brownies sound appetizing?)
Cool slightly and cut into squares.

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Enjoy!  Do not be tempted to cut these into giant pieces. Small ones really are enough.

Yes, I did just say a small brownie is enough.

Really, I did.

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