Danny’s Brownie Obsession

Danny's Brownie Obsession
Danny is obsessed with brownies, but I don't always have time to make them from scratch, so here is a semi-homemade version.
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  1. 2 Boxes Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix
  2. 4 Eggs
  3. 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  4. 1/2 cup Water
  5. 1/2 cup King Arthur Flour brand Black Cocoa (optional)
Pretzel Base
  1. 3 cups Mini Pretzels, crushed (Reserve some whole for plating)
  2. 3/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
  3. 3/4 cup Butter, melted
  4. 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  5. 1 tsp. Baking Soda
Caramel Topping for Brownies
  1. 1 can Nestle La Lechera Dulce De Leche (caramel)
  2. 5 tbs. Heavy Cream
Additional Items
  1. A second can of Nestle La Lechera Dulce De Leche (caramel)
  2. 5 additional tablespoons of heavy cream
  3. 1 can Redi-Whip
  4. 1/4 cup Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Syrup
  5. 1 Wooden Skewer
  6. *Ice Cream, if desired
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
For the Pretzel Base
  1. Crush pretzels in a zip lock bag
  2. Pour the pretzels into a bowl and add the brown sugar, flour, baking soda and mix
  3. Add the melted butter over the dry ingredients and mix
  4. Pour the pretzel base into a large cake pan which has been lined with parchment paper, or greased
  5. Bake the pretzel crust for about 10 minutes then remove the pan and set aside.
For the Brownie Batter
  1. Make the brownies according to the box instructions and add the black cocoa to the brownie mix if using
  2. Pour the brownie batter over the pre-baked pretzel crust.
For the Caramel Topping
  1. Add the can of caramel to a microwave safe cup along with 5 tbs. heavy cream and heat for about 30 seconds
  2. Stir the caramel and cream until the caramel is melted and loose
  3. Pour the caramel over the brownie batter and swirl lightly with a butter knife to marbleize (do not over mix)
  4. Place the brownies in the oven and bake 30-45 minutes (2 boxes took 45 minutes total)
  5. Remove the brownies from the oven and cool completely, about 3 hours.
To Plate the Brownies
  1. Grab the parchment paper and lift out the brownies, if using, otherwise leave the brownies in the pan
  2. Use a 4 inch metal ring mould to cut out round brownie shape ( you may omit this step and just cut out a square) and set aside
  3. Heat the second can of dulce de leche (caramel) and add 5 tbs. heavy cream and heat for about 30 seconds to loosen the caramel
  4. Spoon a small circle of warm caramel in the center of a plate (about 4 tablespoons full)
  5. Use the back of the spoon in the caramel to make the circle a bit larger
  6. Place a large dot of Hershey's syrup in the center of the caramel, and make 3 rings with syrup around the caramel, working from the inside to the outside
  7. Use the blunt end of a wooden skewer to make small circles going around the caramel and chocolate syrup to make a marble effect in the sauces
  8. Top the swirled sauces with the brownie
  9. Top the brownie with Redi Whip and two miniature pretzels
  10. Serve with ice cream if desired
Adapted from Betty Crocker Brownie Mix
Adapted from Betty Crocker Brownie Mix
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To satisfy Danny’s constant craving for brownies, I’ve created this semi-homemade version so I can be in and out of the kitchen, and he can have his brownie anytime he wants.