Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sweet and Salty Brownies {Love in a JAR}

Ever since I made the cakes in a jar, I've been itching to make something tasty in a jar again. I don't know why but, it's just makes me so happy. I don't have enough occasions to bake up sweet and cute things so, I decided that the Super Bowl was a good enough excuse to create something that I've been dreaming up in my head. Plus, I'm having a couple ladies over tomorrow night to watch The Bachelor and since they're both pregnant, I'll feed them my sweet treats. 

Sweet and Salty Brownies are love in a jar. Their name pretty much says it all. They are sweet, salty, rich and eating it out of the jar, makes it seem extra special. Plus, one jar is one serving and trust me, there is more than just one brownie in these jars.

In a medium sized bowl, mix together one German Chocolate cake mix, one cup finely chopped pecans, 1/3 cup evaporated milk and 1/2 cup butter (melted). The mixture will be very thick.
 Wash and dry any size jars that you'd like to use. I used 7 medium sized jars.
 Grease the jars and then drop a large spoonful into each jar.
 Use your fingers to press the dough down into the jars.

 Bake the jars in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes (they will not be done and they will bake longer in just a few more steps). While they are baking, melt 40 ('ish) caramels with 1/2 cup evaporated milk, in a glass bowl in the microwave. Crush up 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers. After you pull the jars out of the oven, sprinkle the Ritz crackers over the top of the brownie mixture. Next, drizzle the melted caramels over the top and lastly, sprinkle on 1 cup of chocolate chips.



 Bake for another 15 minutes and then remove from the oven to cool. Sprinkle a touch of course Sea Salt over the tops of the brownies and decorate the jars and lids, after they are thoroughly cooled.







Sweet and Salty Brownies {Love in a Jar}
1 Box German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 Cup Finely Chopped Pecans
1/3 Cup Evaporated Milk + 1/2 Cup Evaporated Milk
1/2 Cup Butter, Melted
40 Whole Caramels, unwrapped
1 Sleeve Ritz Crackers
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
Sea Salt for sprinkling

In a medium sized bowl, stir together the cake mix, chopped pecans, 1/3 cup evaporated milk and melted butter. Press the thick mixture into clean, greased jars. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. While the jars are baking, melt the caramels and the 1/2 cup evaporated milk, in the microwave, in a glass bowl. Also, crush up the Ritz crackers.

After the jars have baked for 10 minutes, pull them out of the oven and sprinkle the crushed crackers over the top. Next drizzle the caramel over and lastly, sprinkle on the chocolate chips. Stick the jars back in the oven to bake for about another 15 minutes. Sprinkle a touch of Sea Salt over each brownie and allow them to cool thoroughly before putting the lid on. 

Decorate your lid with a pretty ribbon and maybe attach a  sweet note. Enjoy!
This post might be shared at some of my favorite link parties.

18 comments:

  1. Oh my GRACIOUS! Yummy! I am scared to try this. I might actually eat every jar that I made!!! Mercy! Have to pin this!

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  2. Oh goodness, Angela, these look marvelous!! And, your pics are SO pretty! Consider this pinned! And, I'll be featuring you tomorrow.

    Thanks SO much for linking up!!

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    1. Thanks Emily! These were so fun to make! I need more excuses to make stuff like this!!! Thanks for the feature!

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  3. My mouth watered with ever picture! You've been pinned!

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  4. This looks like a great idea for a 4H community service project that my kids are going to be doing at the end of the month. But what exactly are "medium" sized jars? They look like wide mouth pints - which I am assuming you mean - but they look like those jelly jars that use a regular mouth lid but it's the same size all the way down...sorry to be picky, I just have to decide if I want to give my precious jars away and the size might make a difference. :)

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    1. I just measured them. They hold two cups of liquid and they are the wide mouth jars. So, I'm guessing that they are the 16oz wide mouth jars. Really, you could use any size of a smaller jar and it would work! Hope that helps!

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  5. Thanks so much!! I shared this recipe over at my blog : http://walkingbetweenthegrapevines.blogspot.com/2012/02/sweet-and-salty-brownies-love-in-jar.html

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  6. Would this keep fresh so it could be mailed overseas to a naval ship? That usually takes a few weeks. What do you think?

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  7. Oh that looks ridiculously good! I'm a sucker for salty and sweet! Thanks for sharing at my party!

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  8. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at my party!!! Happy Valentine's Day!!! XO, Aimee

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  9. This looks so yummy! I would love for you to come by and link up to my Recipe Party at The Sweet Spot!

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  10. Oh my, oh my! I might just have to make these just because! Thank you for sharing them at Teach Me Tuesday--I hope we see you again tomorrow!

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  11. These look so yummy. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Thank you for this recipe! Does this keep long enough to send to some troops? It takes about 2-3 weeks to send to Afghanistan. I worry about botulism.
    Thank you,
    Brandy

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  13. Thank you for this recipe! Does this keep long enough to send to some troops? It takes about 2-3 weeks to send to Afghanistan. I worry about botulism.
    Thank you,
    Brandy

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  14. I have made this twice in the past 3 days. The first time I did the jars for some people at my husbands office, our daycare teacher, etc. The second batch I did for my office but I have a lot of people there so I decided not to waste my jars on them. LOL So I just made the whole mixture in a cake pan and it still came out great!
    Also, I burned my caramel in the microwave, so I used a full jar of Smuckers Hot Caramel Topping for ice cream. You microwave that jar for 30 seconds or so and the pour it on. It is the perfect amount for all the jars (or pan). I think it's actually the same amount as the 40 candies melted.

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