Turtle-Berry Brownies

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Ingredients

  • Box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1.5 sticks melted butter
  • Can of condensed milk
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 14 oz. package caramels, unwrapped
  • Jar of any Jam and Jelly Lady berry jams (I like Christmas Jam the best)

Directions

  1. Mix melted butter with cake mix, 1/2 can of condensed milk, and 1/2  cup of pecans till combined in a thick, sticky batter.
  2. Using the back of a spatula, press 1/2 of the batter into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 6 minutes
  3. Take pan out of oven and let it rest 1 minute. Pour/spread 1/2 jar of the berry jam over the brownie layer.
  4. Sprinkle remaining nuts over the brownie; then sprinkle the chocolate chips over that layer.
  5. Place caramels and remaining condensed milk into a microwave-safe bowl and melt; stir till combined.
  6. Evenly pour caramel mix over pan of brownies.
  7. Press remaining batter (about 2 tablespoons at a time) between palms of your hands, making thin flat circles. As you make each circle, place it on top of the layered brownies, until the caramel layer is completely covered.
  8. Bake 15 minutes more. Remove from oven and completely cool before slicing.

Yield: 3 dozen polite brownies, or 2 dozen whoppers!

Tip 1: After greasing the pan, I like to line it with a wide piece of parchment paper, with the edges of the paper folded over the long edges of the pan. In this way, after baking I can loosen the short edges of the pn and then lift the entire brownie in one piece out of the pan. Then I use a pizza cutter to neatly cut the brownie into squares. Refrigerated brownies hold their shape well until you are ready to serve.

Tip 2: Try wrapping (in plastic wrap or aluminum foil) and freezing the brownies, if you like frozen candy bars!

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