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Hostess Gifts: Salted Caramel Brownies

Salted Caramel Brownies

What better way to show appreciation to your host or hostess than with chocolate.  Especially if that chocolate covered in caramel and sea salt!  They make a great gift to bring with you when invited to someone’s home.  I’ve also wrapped them individually, tied with ribbon, and placed in a pretty basket for guests to take as they leave MY home.

Salted Caramel Brownies — modified from Cooking Light Magazine


  • 3/4  cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 6 Tbs butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbs heavy cream, divided
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Coarse sea salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, both sugars, cocoa, and baking powder in a large bowl.  Stir well with whisk.

Combine 6 Tbs butter, eggs, and 1 tsp vanilla.  Add this mixture to the flour mixture.  Stir to combine.

Pour batter into a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray.

Bake for 19 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted comes out with moist crumbs clinging.  Cool on a wire rack.

For topping, melt 1/4 cup butter in a saucepan over medium heat.

Add 1/4 cup brown sugar and heavy cream.  Cook for 2 minutes.

Remove from heat.  Add vanilla and powdered sugar.  Stir with whisk until smooth.

Spread mixture evenly over cooled brownies.  Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

Let stand for 20 minutes until set.

30 comments on “Hostess Gifts: Salted Caramel Brownies

  1. I love this new combo everybody is using with the sea salt…awesome.

  2. tinywhitecottage
    August 6, 2013

    This is a lovely recipe. I really enjoy salted caramel and imagine it would be so delicious on a brownie.

  3. Time With Thea
    August 6, 2013

    What a great idea to give this homemade delight inside of buying a box of chocolates. I don’t know very many people who don’t like brownies. Pinterest here I come! ~Thea

    • Green Door Hospitality
      August 6, 2013

      Thanks so much for pinning AND tweeting Thea!! Glad you like them!

      • Time With Thea
        August 6, 2013

        Your welcome. As a blogger I love supporting others. I see my pin has already been repinned 39 times!

      • Green Door Hospitality
        August 12, 2013

        Oh my!!! Thanks once again Thea! 🙂

  4. Cloches & Lavender
    August 6, 2013

    First think I said when I saw this title was OMG! I am so trying these Kenley. As you know it may be a while until I get to since we haven’t even started building yet. A story about that to come. I love this recipe, thanks!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      August 12, 2013

      Thanks Cynthia!! And these will be great to make once your kitchen has walls…and a ceiling…and perhaps a floor, an oven, and you know….those basics! 😉

  5. Home Seasons
    August 6, 2013

    We were just thinking about homemade brownies last night! This post couldn’t have come at a better time 🙂 Can’t wait to make some!

  6. tableofcolors
    August 6, 2013

    The salt is such a perfect addition, since it gives such a wonderful contrast to ultra sweetness of the brownie. Looks delicious!

  7. gentlestitches
    August 6, 2013

    These would be popular with everyone. (licking lips)

  8. Emily
    August 7, 2013

    Ooohhhhh YUM!! I really don’t know if this is a good idea for a hostess gift – I would EAT IT ALL ON ROUTE 😉

  9. celia Bedilia
    August 7, 2013

    YUM need I say more?

  10. kalamitykelli
    August 8, 2013

    Man – those look fantastic! I love a little salty with my sweet!

  11. Anika Kohon
    August 8, 2013

    It’s hard to go wrong with caramel and sea salt!

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  13. leaner by the lake
    August 12, 2013

    HOLY ISH Kenley! I am absolutely saving this for the next birthday treat I whip up for a friend!

  14. erika
    August 13, 2013

    Ummm salted caramel brownies made by cooking light?? I didn’t know that was possible to lighten up any parts of that title haha. These look AMAZING!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      August 13, 2013

      I am totally addicted to Cooking Light Magazine — so many amazing recipes that are healthier versions. 🙂

  15. mmmarzipan
    October 7, 2013

    oh yum! and I’d have to make an extra batch for myself, I think!

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