these caramel swirl brownies are one of those magical recipes that *seem* a lot more complicated to make than they are. the brownies come together easily and the caramel swirl is actually just the caramel apple dip that is so ubiquitous on grocery store apple displays in the fall. i succumbed to the lure of easy caramel apples and while i found the dip lacking for making true caramel apples, it was delicious in dark chocolate brownies.
while i cheat with the caramel swirl and use prepared dip for that, i’ve never gone back to making brownies from a boxed mix ever since i was introduced to this brownie recipe in college. i used to not enjoy making brownies because, despite the fact that they are one of the simpler baked goods to make from a mix and despite the wide range of variations available (cake-like, gooey, fudge-swirl, etc.), i could never seem to make brownies that i wanted to eat.
until this recipe, that is. one of my college roommates introduced me to this recipe that she got from her friend’s mom and it’s just the best. intensely chocolately, moist without being too fudgy or goopy, and just sweet enough without making your teeth ache. and it’s easy – no mixers or other machines to drag out.
i actually adapted this go-to brownie recipe a bit in order to add the caramel swirl without making the finished the product too sweet. well that, and because i didn’t have the right ingredients to make the brownies exactly as the original recipe instructed. luckily the adaptation was delicious, though, and it wasn’t long before i was enjoying caramel swirl brownies (by which i mean eating too many before wrapping up the rest to foist off on coworkers).