***If you are on a diet. Do not scroll down. Don't do it. In fact- you should probably run from this post. As fast as you can. Because the sheer yumminess radiating from the screen may cause you to indulge.***
We have an awesome milk man. If you don't get your milk delivered- you may not know that milk men don't show up in the middle of the day. They work overnight. Even in the winter. BRRRRRR. My brother in law is also a milk man- so we hear first hand about milk-man adventures. Usually people don't think to leave anything for them. A few weeks ago- I started leaving baked yummies out for him. Hailey even left a picture she had drawn for him, that said "Thank you for being our milk man!"- he left her chocolate milk the next week. See? Awesome.
So now that we have been leaving him goodies- I can't just stop! So every Monday night, I am baking. Which is great for me because I love to do it- and great for you- because I will be sharing my concoctions here! Don't be surprised if I start asking people to take some of the goodies off my hands. A girl can only eat so many goodies before she has to buy new jeans.
So lets get started, shall we? Monday afternoon I was sitting pondering what to make for Mr. Milk Man. We made chocolate cake 3 weeks ago, chocolate chip cookies the week after that, then banana bread. It was too soon to repeat any of those. But gosh cookies sounded good. So did brownies. So did caramel. HOMEMADE caramel. And Heath bar. I looked at Chris and proposed that we put them all together. 1,000,000 delicious calories in every nibble. A.K.A Sheer Bliss. It's dangerously yummy people.
So here's what we start with- this is for a big batch, so if you want to half it ,you can. I would usually make everything from scratch, but we had a deadline, so store bought it is!
Before you start baking anything else, you will need a can of Sweetened Condensed Milk. Peel off the label- and lay can on it's side immersed in water. It needs to be completely submerged or the can will explode. No joke. Bring the water in the pan to a boil, then leave the water simmering for about 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Make sure the can stays covered with water. Once the 2 hours has passed, remove the can from the water and set aside to cool. DO NOT OPEN IT WHILE IT IS HOT. Hot sugar is worse than a lava burn.
While your caramel is cooling- you will need:
Preheat your oven to 350*
2 boxes of your very favorite brownie mix. This one was on sale- so it was my favorite today.
- Oil, 4 eggs, and water for your brownie mix
A 2 pound roll of premixed chocolate chip cookie dough
Grease a 9x13 baking dish. In the base on the dish, spread out your cookie dough until it covers the base of the pan. Bake just the cookie dough for approx 10 minutes. While it bakes, mix your brownies- according to the box directions.
The cookie dough will still be partially undone. Pour your brownie mix on top of the cookie dough. Put the pan back into the oven- set your timer for 30 minutes and wait. My brownies took close to 50 minutes to cook- but ovens vary as do our altitudes, so better to add time than overcook!
Now is the time to hand your cute little puppy dog eyed kiddos or hubby the spoon from the batter. If you are cool with that. I put a little disclaimer in there just in case. :-)
Your cookie brownie is done when a toothpick removes nearly clean from the middle. You don't want it to be dry- but certainly don't want raw batter in the middle either. Remove from the oven. Now is the time to crack open that amazing caramel goodness you made earlier. It's hard not to eat it by the spoonful. Resist if you can- the brownies want some too. Spread the caramel over the top of the brownies while they are still warm. Sprinkle a little Heath bar on top. Then wait a little bit so you don't melt your taste buds trying to taste it.
Once your cookies brownie caramel heath goodness isn't oven hot anymore, brace yourself. Because this bad boy is rich. You may need a glass of milk. Or a scoop of ice cream. Or both.
Coming soon..... Coffee Kahlua Devil's food cake with a whipped Burbon Icing.