Caramel Swirl Fudge Nut Brownies

Rich. Smooth. Chocolate chip fudge brownie.

Layered with crunchy walnuts and swirled in creamy homemade caramel….

O ya, and then topped in another solid layer of gooey delicious caramel…

These are serious brownies.

For not so serious bakers (these are super simple!).

Don’t let the homemade caramel scare you off. I’ve always shied away from making homemade caramel. It’s such a touchy little candy. You have to break out the candy thermometer (I found mine all dusty and shoved in the  back of my pantry- obviously don’t use it that often) plus its easy to burn. And when its overcooked its grossssss. I’ve done it. Trust me.

But this time around it was actually super simple. Here’s the secret…. pay attention. I always cook with the TV on, with one hand stirring the batter and the other holding my cellphone. All you’ve go to do is watch what you’re doing and you’ve got amazingly delicious homemade caramel in like 15 minutes.

So all in all, lesson learned today; Caramel is actually pretty easy to make. Cleaning the pots and measuring cups with hardened caramel stuck all over them- huge pain in the butt.

So let’s make homemade caramel for these super decadent Caramel swirl fudge nut brownies …..

Here’s what you need to start the caramel:


  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (cut into pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Mix the cream and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Combine water and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Carefully pour sugar into center or saucepan, taking care not to let sugar crystals adhere to the sides of the pan. Gently stir with a spatula until thoroughly moistened.
  3. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, uncovered and without stirring, until sugar is completely dissolved and liquid is clear, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Uncover and continue to cook, without stirring but gently swirling saucepan occasionally, until caramel is a pale golden color, 3 to 5 more minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook (swirling occasionally) until caramel is a light amber color and your candy thermometer reads about 360 degrees, about 1 to 3 more minutes.                                                    
  6. Remove saucepan from heat and carefully add cream to center of pan and stir with spatula until bubbling subsides. (Be careful here! The caramel will bubble pretty high and you don’t want to get burned. Use a mitt while stirring.)
  7. Stir in butter and vanilla and transfer caramel to a liquid measuring cup.
See! Doesn’t it help to see pictures? Just follow the color cues and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make homemade caramel!
Now lets make the Caramel Swirl Fudge Nut Brownies
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks, divided (I always just use the nestle chunks)
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9 inch metal baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl.
  3. Combine 1/2 cup chocolate and milk in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Stir in butter, vanilla, and eggs. Add milk mixture, 1/2 cup chocolate, and 1/4 cup nuts to flour mixture; stir to combine.
  4. Pour half of brownie batter into 9-inch square metal baking pan.
  5. Drizzle 1/4 cup of caramel over brownie layer. (If your caramel  has hardened just microwave for 30-60 seconds until its pourable)
  6. Drop remaining brownie batter by spoonfuls over caramel layer and gentle spread with a spatula.
  7. Drizzle another 1/4 cup carmel over final brownie layer. Using a butter knife, gently swirl caramel into batter.
  8. Bake at 350° for 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging.
  9. Cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 1 to 2 hours.
  10. Heat remaining 3/4 cup of caramel and spread over cooled brownies. Use a spatula to smooth evenly.
  11. Refrigerate brownies for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  12. Cut into 20 pieces and enjoy either chilled or at room temperature.
Store remaining brownies in the refrigerator or else the caramel will melt over the brownies (Oops… I learned this the hard way. I woke up with some soupy caramel brownies!)
Serve with a tall glass of milk and enjoy! You just made homemade caramel!

Caramel adapted from Cook’s Illustrated

Fudge Nut Brownie adapted from Cooking Light Magazine

And now even more important than these delicious brownies, I want to give a big Thank YOU and send lots of love to Emily from Life on Food for awarding me my Second Liebster Award!!

I’m so excited to be receiving this award again, this has been so much fun blogging and sharing recipes with all of you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the support!

In honor of the tradition of the award, I’d like to award another 5 lovely bloggers for their amazing and delicious content! Again, I really have no clue how to figure out how many followers bloggers have (I’m still a little tech challenged….) so I’m just picking my favorite blogs to let them know how much I enjoy searching through their yummy content every day! These special bloggers are my go-to sites, the ones that I check every morning for delicious inspiration!

1. The Purple Spoon

2. That Skinny Chick Can Bake

3. Must Come Hungry

3. Keep it Sweet

4. The Messy Baker 

Thanks for all of your beautiful blogs and delicious recipes! :)


  1. These look awesome…just like fudge. I don’t have a candy thermometer. It is the one thing stopping me from making caramel. Sometimes I wonder if I could just wing it but I don’t think that would be a good idea.

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Hahaha I was sooo close to winging it yesterday, I really wanted to make these and I couldn’t find my candy thermometer anywhere! Think you definitely need one though :) I decided it would be too hard to try and eyeball 360 degrees…haha

  2. I do think these are meant to be for me – they look so fudgy and delicious and the caramel is omg worthy :)
    Awesome post!

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    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks! These are super fudgy, way more fudgy then I was anticipating and sooo much better :)

  3. Your picture alone is enough to tell me this recipe is a winner. As far as the ingredient list-it is making me crave a square or two. Delicious post-thanks for sharing.

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Tina! I just polished off a square of these after dinner, I love caramel brownies! Glad you enjoyed my post!

  4. Kristina, this is fabulous! Yay for homemade caramel!! :) These are my kind of brownies – super fudgy and chocolate-y! Ohh, I need to make some! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Anna! I was super excited my caramel turned out so well! I tried making some for my brother a few years ago and I ended up giving him this clump of burnt tasting gooey-ness, this recipe was much better! There’s only a couple brownies left at my house!

  5. Oooh, you had me at caramel!!! Fantastic brownies!!! I need to make some soon :)

  6. Yummm these look amazing!! I’m glad you said it’s easy, because I am definitely still at amateur cooking status over here. But I might just have to try these because they look SO good!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Amy! Haha, you can totally handle these brownies, as long as you pay attention to the caramel while its cooking its a breeze, super simple! And it looks impressive, so you can brag about your homemade caramel to all your friends :) Let me know how it goes if you give them a try!

  7. These look soooo delicious! Wow. I can never get my brownies to look so professional – great job.

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Dara! Leaving them in the frig for a couple hours helped me get such a clean cut!

  8. You are so sweet, thank you! And these brownies- they look incredible!

  9. Gosh, I totally missed that you passed this lovely award on to me when I read your post yesterday! THANK YOU! I’m going to add a link back on my post today :)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      haha no, not your fault! I accidentally hit the ‘publish’ button before I had finished my post the other day! I added that on after I figured that out.. oops! And no, thank you! Love love your blog and all of your yummy recipes :)

  10. Ooooooh, look at that caramel! That looks absolutely fantastic!

  11. Oh brownies are the best! These look fantastic!! Love the caramel added, that sounds amazing! And the deep color of those brownies shows how fudgy and chocolatey they must be. :)

  12. these look so fudge-y and delicious! Thanks for the award-you are too sweet!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Happy to! I love searching through your blog, you have the best recipes! Thanks for all of the inspiration!

  13. Hi Kristy,
    Thanks for visiting my blog!I love your caramel recipe.Never made them, but might give it try now :)Your Brownies look so moist and delicious.Lovely recipe and pics :)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Soni! Love your blog! Glad you enjoyed mine too :) These brownies were super moist.. . and delicious! I can never get enough brownies!

  14. Kristina, this recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  15. Wow – these are absolutely incredible! I don’t often make caramels, but when I do – they are SO tasty. You put it perfectly right….pay attention and happiness ensues! Happy Valentines Day!

  16. Smitten By Food says:

    The brownie looks delicious!!! A scoop of ice cream would be dazzling… =) NIce meeting you..

  17. These are awesome. great combination of caramel,fudge,and nuts.I love it.
    Now following your blog,please stop by mine.:)

  18. Caramel and chocolate are fantastic together. Your brownies fantastic, so rich and fudgy!

  19. These look amazing!!

  20. OMMmmmmg. Those look perfect! Like chewy fudgy goodness…

  21. oh wow! these look way too good!

  22. Those look delicious–I’ve never been much good at homemade caramel, but I’m willing to give it a go again if I get brownies this delicious.

  23. Ooooh. That is all I have to say :)