In 2005, my life changed forever. I had tasted the world’s most decadent brownie, a recipe graciously passed on from one of Mr. Prevention’s co-workers. Somewhere between Michigan-to-Italy-to-Oklahoma, that recipe has been misplaced. After ransacking our home in search of the sticky note scribbled with this most amazing brownie recipe, I was left empty handed. Brownie-less. The best brownie’s in the world were no longer mine to enjoy.
I pouted. There were tears. And then I got wise. I meditated on my actions in previous endeavors to create these most magnificent brownies. And finally, it came to me. Behold, something close to Gigi’s Big-O Brownies…
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup Nestle chocolate chunks, divided
2 Tbsp canola oil
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
8 ounces caramels, wrappers removed
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray an 8″ x 8″ pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes. Do not overcook.
While brownies bake, combine condensed milk and caramels in a sauce pan over medium-low heat. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
Remove brownies from over and cover with melted caramel. Bake an additional 12-15 minutes until caramel is bubbly and slightly browned.
While brownies bake, melt 2/3 cup chocolate chunks and canola oil over low heat, stirring frequently to avoid burning.
Remove brownies from oven and drizzle with chocolate sauce. Sprinkle with pecans and lightly press into brownies. Refrigerate 2+ hours before serving. Yield: 12 decadent brownies.
Nutrition Information (per brownie): Trust me when I say, you don’t want to know! Everything in moderation 😉
WARNING: THESE ARE DANGEROUS! Make them for a crowd!! A little portion goes a long way…they are RICH!!
Question: What’s the best dessert you’ve ever had?
We’re off to raft down the Tahlequah River with friends! I’m excited…and armed with SPF 50!