March 2, 2015

Turtle Brownies

This recipe has been around for a long time.  I see it called many different names, but it is always the same recipe.  The first time that I heard about "Turtle Brownies" was when my youngest son was playing grade-school basketball for the St. Joe Fighting Irish.  He is 28 today, if that gives you any idea of how long ago it's been.  One of the other basketball player's mother and I were working the door collecting money, and she told me about a yummy recipe for brownies that she made called Turtle Brownies.  I remembered I had seen this recipe in a cookbook; so when I got home, I took a look at it.  I didn't actually make these brownies for the first time until many years later!

These brownies are called "Rebel Brownies" in my Magnolia Manor Collection, Cairo, Illinois, cookbook.   

I recently saw them on Facebook, and in this particular post, they went by the name of "Basement Brownies".   Anyway, whatever you want to call them, they are delicious and decadent.  

All you need are these five ingredients.

Turtle Brownies a/k/a Rebel Brownies:

1 pkg. German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted and cooled
2/3 cup evaporated milk, divided
1 pkg. caramels
6 ounces chocolate chips
(1 cup chopped pecans, optional) , I did not use pecans

Mix cake mix, butter, 1/3 cup evaporated milk, and pecans (if desired).   Spread 1/2 mixture in bottom of  an 11 by 7-1/2 inch brownie pan.  Melt caramels and remaining 1/3 cup evaporated milk and pour over brownie mixture.  Sprinkle with chocolate chips.  Gently spread remaining batter over chips.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 22 minutes.  

Serve to family and friends!!

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