Caramel Fat Boy Brownies

Side shot of Caramel Fat Boy Brownies topped with lots of chocolate chips.

Have you ever wondered how to make easy and moist brownies at home without a brownie mix? Caramel Fat Boy Brownies only require 4 simple ingredients plus a German chocolate cake mix.

Any cook (beginner or not) can whip out a big ole 9×13 pan of fudgy brownies in no time. These brownies are the bomb!

Caramel Fat Boy Brownies

Brownies with caramel on a white plate.

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Some may say that making brownies with a cake mix isn’t really making them from scratch and they aren’t really homemade.

That’s a crock! Using a German chocolate cake mix gives these brownies a completely different spin. Add in the caramel and chocolate chips and you’ve got moist, fudgy, mouth-watering brownies in minutes….that definitely taste homemade.

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3 Good Reasons to Love This Caramel Fat Boy Brownie Recipe –

  1. Just 5 simple ingredients are needed to make this pan of chocolate heaven.
  2. Everybody will want this easy recipe – be ready to share.
  3. They taste like homemade.

What Ingredients do You Need to Make Fudgy and Moist Fat Boy Brownies?

  • German chocolate cake mix
  • Margarine or butter, melted
  • Evaporated milk
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Caramels or caramel bits, melted and smooth
Square brownies with caramel topping on a sheet of parchment paper.

How to Make Caramel and Chocolate Brownies in 5 Easy Steps

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted margarine with evaporated milk and cake mix; place half of this mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Bake the brownie base for 6-7 minutes, then remove from the oven. Meanwhile, place the other half of the brownie mixture into refrigeration.
  3. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the warm brownie base, then top the chips with the melted caramels, drizzling it over the entire brownie based.
  4. Using your fingers, crumble the remaining half of the brownie mixture over the top of the caramel layer.
  5. Bake the brownies for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the center of the brownies is fairly set. Remove the brownies from the oven and let cool completely before cutting into squares.

Helpful Recipe Tips –

  • If you don’t have a German chocolate cake mix on hand, you can always use a Devil’s food, Swiss chocolate, or Fudge Chocolate cake mix as a substitute.
  • Any kind of chocolate chips can be substituted for the semi-sweet chips – sometimes I even use white chocolate chips to vary this recipe a bit.
  • You will find caramels in the candy section of your local grocer, but I prefer to use the bags of caramel bits found in the baking section (near the chocolate chips) since you don’t have to unwrap each one – saves time!
  • If you’d like your Fat Boy brownies to be a little thicker, bake them in a 9×9 pan instead of a 9×13 pan. Adjust the baking time to add 5-10 minutes more since the brownies will be thicker and more dense.
  • The easiest way to cut brownies (or sheet cakes) is to use a bench scraper. By pressing down on the bench scraper, it’s easy to see right where you to cut.

    I cut my brownies into thirds lengthwise, then I turn the pan and cut the sheet of brownies in half; next, I cut each half into 3 pieces. This will give you 18 squarely cut brownies.

German chocolate brownies with a cup of coffee.

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Side shot of Caramel Fat Boy Brownies topped with lots of chocolate chips.

Caramel Fat Boy Brownies

Have you ever wondered how to make easy and moist brownies at home without a brownie mix? Caramel Fat Boy Brownies only require 4 simple ingredients plus a German chocolate cake mix.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 303kcal

Ingredients

  • 15 oz. German chocolate cake mix
  • 3/4 cup margarine or butter (I always use margarine since that's how this recipe was given to me) melted
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk (not sweetened condensed milk) divided use
  • 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 11 oz. bag of caramels (unwrapped) or caramel bits I use Kraft caramel bits (it's faster and easier)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, make the brownie batter by combining the cake mix with the melted margarine and one-third cup of the evaporated milk; this will be a very thick mixture.
  • Place half of the prepared brownie batter into a greased 9×13 pan. Using your fingers, spread the brownie batter out evenly over the bottom of the pan, pressing it together to make the brownie base. Bake, uncovered, on the center rack of the preheated oven for 7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place the remaining half of brownie mixture into the fridge. Melt the caramel bits in a small saucepan over medium heat or in a bowl in your microwave. Stir one-third cup of the remaining evaporated milk into the melted caramel until smooth; reserve. (You will have evaporated milk leftover, fyi)
  • When the brownie base has baked for 7 minutes, remove the brownies from the oven; sprinkle with the chocolate chips, then drizzle with the warm, melted caramel mixture. Crumble the remaining half of the brownie batter over the top of the caramel layer.
  • Return the brownies to the oven; bake for 15-20 minutes or until the center of the brownies is fairly set. Remove the brownies from the oven and cool completely before cutting into squares.

Notes

 
  • If you don’t have a German chocolate cake mix on hand, you can always use a Devil’s food, Swiss chocolate, or Fudge Chocolate cake mix as a substitute.
  • Any kind of chocolate chips can be substituted for the semi-sweet chips – sometimes I even use white chocolate chips to vary this recipe a bit.
  • You will find caramels in the candy section of your local grocer, but I prefer to use the bags of caramel bits found in the baking section (near the chocolate chips) since you don’t have to unwrap each one – saves time!
  • If you’d like your Fat Boy brownies to be a little thicker, bake them in a 9×9 pan instead of a 9×13 pan. Adjust the baking time to add 5-10 minutes more since the brownies will be thicker and more dense.
  • The easiest way to cut brownies (or sheet cakes) is to use a bench scraper. By pressing down on the bench scraper, it’s easy to see right where you to cut. I cut my brownies into thirds lengthwise, then I turn the pan and cut the sheet of brownies in half; next, I cut each half into 3 pieces. This will give you 18 squarely cut brownies.
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 9 x 13 pan, best chocolate pie recipe, brownies, easy, fudgy

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 338mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 374IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 2mg

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Chef Alli

This recipe was given to me by my good friend, Marilyn Domer, in December of 1990. I’ve been happily making it ever since. 🙂

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5 stars
These look delicious, can’t wait to make these!!!

Hi Kellie –
Fat Boys make fat boys….or in my case, a FAT GIRL! These are dangerous…hope your family enjoys them.
Sincerely,
Chef Alli

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