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Dulce de Leche Brownies

by Milisa on February 2, 2011

Dulce de Leche Brownies

At seven o’clock last night I had a chocolate craving.  I approach the pantry and see a can of Dulce de Leche and instantly think caramel brownies.  I have been wanting to try a new brownie so I did a quick Google search and found these babies.  Being seven at night and the fact that I live in the middle of nowhere, I used semi-sweet chocolate chips because that’s what I had.  If you have fancy- shmancy chocolate feel free to use it, I am sure it would elevate these already fantastic brownies!  The recipe is from David Lebovitz, so you know it’s going to be out of this world.  There are a few steps to these but I am telling you they are at the top of my list with fudgey, chocolately goodness with dollops of caramel. Are you drooling yet?  I am going to be stocking up on Dulce de Leche, many, many cans I will be needing to make these again and again!  Talk about a treat for your Valentine or a great dessert for the Super Bowl.

If you aren’t familiar with Dulce de Leche it is basically caramel, like caramelized sweetened condensed milk (I can eat it straight out of the can).  It can be found on the isle of your supermarket near the Mexican ingredients.  You can also make your own, but it’s easier to find it at the store.  Boiling or baking cans of sweetened condensed milk just isn’t my thing, but to each his own.  You must bake these brownies, you must, you are missing out on the greatest brownies if don’t and I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on something so good!

Dulce de Leche Brownies

Adapted from The Sweet Life in Paris (Broadway Books)                                                                                                                                      David Lebovitz

8 tablespoons salted or unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup  flour
optional: 1 cup toasted pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 cup Dulce de Leche

Cooking Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line a 8-inch square baking dish with a sheet aluminum foil that covers the bottom  up over the sides. If it doesn’t reach all the way up and over all four sides, cross another sheet of foil over it, making a large cross with edges that overhang the sides. Spray the bottom and sides of the foil with cooking spray.

In a saucepan melt butter, add the semi-sweet chocolate, stirring constantly over very low heat until the chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Add in eggs one at a time, then stir in the sugar, vanilla, then the flour and nuts if using.

Pour half of the batter into baking dish.  Spoon one-third of the Dulce de Leche, over the brownie batter evenly in dollops, then drag a knife or spatula through and swirl. Pour the remaining brownie batter over, then spoon the remaining Dulce de Leche in dollops over the top of the brownie batter. Use a knife or spatula to swirl the Dulce de Leche creating a marbled effect.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. The brownies center will be slightly firm when they are done. Remove from the oven and allow cool completely.



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Ali February 2, 2011 at 7:36 am

I’ve been waiting for you to post this ever since you mentioned it on Facebook. I’m definitely going to have to try these! And re: boiling cans of sweetened condensed milk–that always sounded like a 911 call waiting to happen so I always avoided recipes that had those instructions!


Karenf July 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

It is perfectly safe to boil it in the can. Just make sure to keep it covered with water. Once you taste it, you will never use anything else! Just let it cool before opening the can


pse April 9, 2014 at 10:57 am

Safe? Yes, my homesick mom did this oodles of times in the 60s to make alfahores at Christmas. BUT – from what we now know re: BPA and hormone disruptors, I wouldn’t cook something with BPA surrounding it (the can lining) and feed it to my family. I just followed the WikiHow direction to cook in the oven – super easy, and comes out the same!


Feast on the Cheap February 2, 2011 at 8:44 am

Oh my goodness, these look INCREDIBLE! Great valentine’s day treats


DessertForTwo February 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Wow, these hit me in the face! So gorgeous and delicious looking!


Dez February 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

@Ali: Remove the label from the can, and DO NOT OPEN IT. Then get your slow cooker out and put the can in there and put enough water in there for it to go at least halfway up the can (or more, just don’t cover it completely). Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for four, and voila: Dulce de Leche.


FancyScrubs February 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm

These make me so hungry! Look so good.


Megan February 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm

It just doesn’t get any better then chocolate and caramel! These look so sinful yet so delicious.


Kim in MD February 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I have made this recipe many times, and I can honestly say that it is worth all of the hype! AMAZING brownies! Seriously…they are TO DIE FOR! Great photo, Milisa!


Carine February 2, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Dulce De Leche is my favorite!! Brownies with them? Sinfully delicious!! Thanks for the post!


carolinaheartstrings February 3, 2011 at 12:07 am

Those look over the top delicious!


Tracy February 3, 2011 at 2:10 am

Oh goodness, these look so decadent! YUM!


beida-fish February 3, 2011 at 2:25 am

Why did you post this? Now I’m going to have to make this! It looks so freakin’ amazing! I LOVE dulce de leche and I’m already a chocoholic. Yumminess combined!


Nik February 3, 2011 at 3:08 am

Awesome! Thanks for recipies


melissa @IWasBornToCook February 3, 2011 at 10:18 am

Amazing is an understatement…must.make.SOON!


Crepes of Wrath February 3, 2011 at 9:27 pm

It seems that I have a constant craving, and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for some dulce de leche. I really shouldn’t be looking at these at 9:30 AM!


Lauren February 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm

These. Look. Amazing. I think my mouth is watering…


Barbara February 4, 2011 at 1:37 am

Just mada a batch of dulce de leche in a slow cooker, it was much less stressfull than doing in on the stove top. 2 cans, labels removed, covered in water 8 hours on low. Now I have something to make with it! Thanks


Lori @ RecipeGirl February 4, 2011 at 8:39 am

I must try these SOON! Dulce de Leche is like my favorite thing ever. They look delicious!


Christina of Form V Artisan February 4, 2011 at 8:41 am


She’s a beaute!


hey yall February 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

It would only take a few more minutes to make the dulche de leche yourself and would taste much better. You’re already dirtying up dishes to make the brownies what’s a couple more?


The Fashionable Plate February 4, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Thanks for teaching me something new – Dulce de Leche – first time I have heard of it.


AnnabelleK February 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm


That’s the only thing I’m saying.


Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels February 5, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Oh my goodness!!! Those brownies look soooo insanely good. I love dulce de leche but then combine it with a brownie and I’ll probably devour a million of them. I’m definitely going to be trying this recipe! :)


Cherine February 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Those brownies are irresistible!


Delishhh February 6, 2011 at 12:11 am

Oh WOW! My favorite ice cream is dulce de leche, and i haven;t make brownies like this. I have no idea what i am waiting for. It is saved! Awesome recipe!


Manu @ Manu's Menu February 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Wow! These look soooo yummy!!! I love dulce de leche and well… who doesn’t love brownies?? Will try them for sure! Thanks for posting this!


Wenderly February 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

Talk about an ooey gooey taste of heaven!


Nora February 12, 2011 at 1:55 am

Amazing brownies! This was a big favorite among my housemates and boyfriend. Definitely making these again!


muttyman February 12, 2011 at 11:47 pm

only some coffee left for that brownie


Cookin' Canuck February 13, 2011 at 6:34 am

We adore using dulce de leche and I can only begin to imagine how good these brownies must be!


crustabakes February 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm

These look deliciouss!! i love dulce de leche too :)


IndyBaker February 14, 2011 at 1:57 am

These were absolutely awesome. I have made them twice, the second time I sprinkled just a little sea salt over the top.


fajas colombianas February 14, 2011 at 11:41 pm

A flan flavored bunny would be just awesome.


Mexican Products February 24, 2011 at 1:15 am

I love it. Thanks a lot. I will prepare some. yoummy


Robyn | Add a Pinch March 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

Oh my word these are absolutely gorgeous!


Birgit March 11, 2011 at 9:52 am

Made them and they were good, it took me a while to figure out what was missing. A pinch of salt. Next time will add the salt and they will be awsome.


montana March 20, 2011 at 12:07 am

expected them to be better..they look better than they taste.


Beverly April 27, 2011 at 1:01 am

These brownies look incredible!!!


toast June 27, 2011 at 7:50 am

making these right now and…i think a scoop of ice cream will only make it better. :) thanks for sharing this recipe!!!


Diane July 28, 2011 at 4:13 am

These brownies are amazing!
Though Dulce de Leche is Argentinean, Mexican people eat a light and more similar to caramel version of it and they call it Cajeta!


Bill October 31, 2011 at 10:41 am

Clipping this recipe for sure! Gotta try ‘em…


Jessica H. December 6, 2011 at 6:47 am

Approximately how many cups is 6oz of chocolate?? I have a bulk bag & no way to measure by ounces! :(


hotchocolate_sunshine December 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm

oh my days.. this is amazing. Need to try this out. x


Cristina Rojas December 18, 2011 at 8:01 am

HELP! Ok, so I made these brownies and they were extremely chocolate-y (not in the good way tho, they were bitter) and cake-y. The things I did : I sifted the flour and used All Purpose flour/ Used semi sweet chocolate/used Herseys unsweetened cocoa powder/ and left them in the oven for 35 minutes. WHY DID THIS HAPPEN? First, the recipe does not say what kind of flour, so I assumed it was AP and sifted. The recipe calls for semi sweet chocolate or bittersweet and I only had bittersweet. was it the cocoa? The temperature or time in the oven? What can I do next time? THANKS!!!


Sook January 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Oh these brownies look so good! Make me hungry!


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