I had no idea, all along while I was making and enjoying these AMAZING brownies, that they harbored a secret past. They had a secret life that I knew nothing about. They have always been “Those Gooey Brownies” to me. Little did I know that Ole Gooey here was leading a double life under another name. Going around town, tempting people with it’s hidden secret. The other name? Knock Ya Naked Brownies. Say What? For shame! 😉
FOR THE CAKE:
1 box chocolate cake mix (I like Devil’s Food)
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
FOR THE CARAMEL FILLING:
1 (11 oz.) bag caramels, unwrapped
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
2. Spray 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Note: stick with me in the directions here so you get everything layered the proper way. I promise this isn’t hard but we do have a few steps to get through first.
3.In a medium bowl, combine cake mix, 1 cup evaporated milk and melted butter. Mix until combined (batter will be thick)
4. Spread HALF of the batter into the baking pan (we’ll use that other half later)
5. Put baking dish in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. While it is baking, start making your caramel filling. In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat, combine caramels with 1/3 cup evaporated milk.
6. Stir frequently until caramel is melted and smooth.
7. When brownie bottom is finished baking (it will only be partially baked), take out of oven and sprinkle with 2 cups chocolate chips.
8. Then drizzle with prepared caramel sauce.
9. Take the rest of the cake batter and drop by the teaspoonful onto caramel layer.
10. No need to be neat about spreading it out. If you want you can take your spoon and gently cover any big gaps in the topping but most of it will spread while baking. Look at all that caramel peaking through there…these really are so good y’all.
10. Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes (until the center is set.)
3 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
2/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
1 pint (2 cups) chocolate ice cream, softened
1 pint (2 cups) vanilla ice cream, softened
1 8 – ounce container frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed
1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
1. Place a 9-inch round sheet of parchment paper or waxed paper over the base of an 8-inch springform pan. Attach sides of pan to base, clamping the paper in place. Set pan aside.
2. In a large bowl combine cookie crumbs, chocolate pieces, butter, and finely chopped pecans. Press one-third of the cookie crumb mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Carefully spread the softened chocolate ice cream with the back of a large spoon over the cookie crumb layer. Cover and freeze for 1 hour.
3. Sprinkle half of the remaining cookie crumb mixture over the chocolate ice cream, pressing gently to form a crust. Carefully spread the vanilla ice cream over the cookie crumb layer using the back of a large spoon. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over the vanilla ice cream, pressing gently to form a crust. Cover and freeze for 1 hour.
4. Remove sides of pan; lift cake from bottom of pan and peel paper off bottom of cake. Place frozen cake on a serving platter. Frost with whipped dessert topping. Top with coarsely chopped pecans. Loosely cover and freeze 4 to 24 hours or till firm. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving. Makes 12 servings.