I know some people are anti box mix or anti cake mix but sometimes they are necessary, they are quick and easy and with technology these days they are almost fail proof! Not to mention how can you knock something that you can dump in a bowl throw in some eggs and oil and when it comes out of the oven you know you will have a fudgy brownie?! You almost can’t mess them up and the easiness makes them appealing if you are in a hurry or if it is 10 pm and you realized you need something for the potluck at work! So if you are anti box mixes then this recipe probably is not for you, however, if you are like me and can appreciate the ease and convenience of a good box mix then this recipe is right up your alley!
I have made this twice making sure I had the measurements I thought were best before I posted this for you guys. I used a family size box mix the first time that is made for a 13×9 inch pan and the second time I used two bags of mix that were 10.25 ounces each. If it was just for hubby and I then one box would have given us plenty of brownies but I had planned to bring some to work and I wanted us to still have some at the house if we got a sweet tooth. I am going to type the recipe as I made it but if you wish to cut it
down then it will work out just adjust the other ingredients, or keep them the
same and have a brownie packed with chocolate, dulce de leche and pecans!! How can you go wrong with that? You can find the dulce de leche down the “ethnic” foods isle by the Mexican food pre-made in a can (picture below) or you can make your own! I want to make my own one day so I am sure there will be a future post on this but for now I used pre-made that I had in the pantry (what you don’t have 4 cans in your pantry like I do? Gee you are a weirdo-0 ) Using pre-made goes with the easiness and quickness of this recipe too! So get fancy and make some (then come tell me all about it here in a comment) or just do what I did and use a pre- made dulce de leche!
Dulce de Leche Pecan Brownies
- 1 20.5 ounce Brownie Mix (your choice what brand I used Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge)
- Ingredients per the back of the brownie mix required to make the brownies
- ¾ cup of chopped pecans (chop the pecans and then measure if you measure them
then chop they will not measure the same)
- ½ cup Milk chocolate chips
- 1 can (13.4 ounces) Dulce de leche
First pre-heat your oven based on what your brownie mix box says to heat the oven to.
In a large bowl combine the contents of the brownie mix box
and the ingredients required to make the brownie mix (this should be oil, water
Just mix the mixture with a fork because you do not want to
beat or over mix brownies. It will result in a flat cakey brownie. You want to
mix it until it is pretty smooth but a few bumps or clumps will be fine!
Dump into the bowl the chocolate chips and half of the dulce
de leche can and stir with a fork until it is incorporated.
Then add the chopped pecans and stir until incorporated.
Grease a 13×9-baking pan and pour the brownie mix into the
pan. Use a spatula to scrap the bowl and
lick the batter off the spatula get
all the batter into the pan.
Once all the batter is in drop the remaining amounts of
dulce de leche on top of the batter and space it out a bit.
Take the side of a butter knife and smear the dulce de leche
into the batter. Get fancy and make a pretty design if you feel like being
Once the batter is ready place in your pre-heated oven and
cook per the instructions on your box mix. To test for done-ness insert a tooth
pick in the center and it should come out clean. Another way and a better way
to test for brownies is when they start to pull away from the sides of the pan
they are done. For the final check shake the pan a bit back and forth (with a
pot holder on your hand of course) while it is on the baking rack. If you can
see the brownie jiggle (like my thighs! HA!) Then you need to let it cook a bit
Once they are done cut them up! I like to do about 2”x2”
**Cooking Tip** Once your brownies have cooled for 30 to 40
minutes use a PLASTIC KNIFE to cut them and you will not tear up the brownies while
they are in the pan! Yes it is true! I only let mine cool about 20 minutes (because
I am impatient and possibly suffer from A.D.D.) and look at those clean lines!
All you have to do next is plate and serve these babies!
Preferably with a nice cold glass of milk and if you have been doing the fancy
instructions because you are feeling fancy a scoop of vanilla ice cream wouldn’t
Tada! Thick, fudgy gourmet looking brownies for half the
price and you spent half the time on them! Meaning you did not have to get all hot
and sweaty in the kitchen but anyone who eats them will think you slaved over
them for hours! Perfect for a birthday party, potluck or just because you want
some Dulce de Leche Pecan Brownies in your mouth stat!!
Look at that Dulce de Leche center! MMM so good once it hits the lips!!
I hope you make these! Come back here and leave me a comment
if you do letting me know what you thought!
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