The holiday season is loosely translated to the “chocolate” season in our family. Whether we’re gifting each other our favorite chocolates, candy bars, or truffles, some of us end up with countless boxes of these festive holiday chocolates…more than we could ever eat! If leftover chocolate is not a problem in your home, you’re one of the lucky few.
That’s where these Chunky Double Chocolate Caramel Brownies come in to save the day. By chopping and folding in bits and pieces from into this semi-healthy brownie batter (it has applesauce that replaces some of the fat in this recipe, so it’s not too bad!), you’re turning your holiday chocolate gifts into a delicious, chocolate packed treat.
American confectionery craftsmen and women make the Hickory Farms Signature Chocolate Collection with the finest ingredients, along with premium milk and dark chocolate, and these chocolates are like little bites of heaven. The flavor combinations include Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Almond Butter Toffee, Raspberry Sorbet Heart, and Espresso Coffee Cream, among others. For this recipe, I chose all the caramel based chocolates to accentuate the caramel flavors of the brownies. These brownies are the perfect treat to bring to teachers, family members, neighbors, or friends. They’re decadent enough for the holidays, but simple enough to make any day of the week!
Chunky Double Chocolate Caramel Brownies
1 stick unsalted butter
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
8-10 Hickory Farms Signature Chocolates, roughly chopped
Caramel sauce, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly oil two medium sized loaf pans. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter and whisk in the cocoa powder, apple sauce, and vanilla extract.
- In a separate large bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs. Add the warm chocolate/butter mixture and mix until blended. Add the flour, salt, and baking powder and stir but do not over mix.
- Fold in chopped Signature Chocolates, pour into previously greased pans and bake for 40-50 minutes until fully cooked.
- Serve warm with a generous drizzle of caramel sauce.
With the Hickory Farms Signature Chocolate Collection, and great friends and family, you have all the tools to turn any evening into a delicious, chocolate-filled experience.
Marnely Rodriguez- Murray is an established chef with an extensive culinary background as well as a friend of Hickory Farms. Marnely brings masterfully created recipes using your favorite Hickory Farms products, just in time for the Holiday season. With a specialty in pastry creation, Marnely has been genius in turning every dish into a masterpiece.