bacon caramel brownies

ok so you know how i literally just said that this year is flying by?!? well this week… not so much. this week has been moving so sloooooooooooooooooow. like slower than molasses during the wintertime. (not that i really know what “wintertime” is since it’s always hot here.)

but seriously…

this week has been super slow. and not just slow. it’s felt like an extended monday. i’m not normally one to complain about monday but i felt like friday would never ever ever get here.

but alas. friday finally came. and i don’t want the weekend to end. thank goodness for this monday being a holiday. it’s like a little something extra. know what else has a little something extra? these brownies. not only do they have the added benefit of caramel being baked in them but they also have bacon and bacon fat. i’m gonna let that digest in your brain for a little bit.

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digested?

ok good.

let’s talk about these brownies.

oh where do i even begin other than the fact that they have bacon on every level and it’s awesomeness. i mean bacon just makes everything better right? let make sure you know the right answer to that question… yes. yes it does. the idea of having bacon in a brownie (or any baked good) kinda freaks people out. they’re not quite sure what to do with that information. others are intrigued. and then there are the people who know that bacon in sweets is awesome. it combines everything you could ever love. salty and sweet all baked into this super rich chocolate goodness. and these brownies are super rich and indulgent. and something you must make today.

bacon caramel brownies

  • 1.5 c (3 sticks) butter, divided
  • 8 strips of bacon, divided – to start you want 4 strips uncooked and 4 cooked and crumbled
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 4 c sugar, divided
  • 12 oz dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c cocoa powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 2.5 tsp vanilla
  • 2 c flour
  1. preheat oven to 350F. generously grease a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. first make your caramel: fry the 4 uncooked slices of bacon in a pan until crisp. remove the bacon and reserve the bacon grease. add the cream to the bacon grease and let cool completely. (you can also bake your bacon on a sheet tray and pour your bacon grease into the measuring cup with the heavy cream. your choice on bacon cooking method.) in a pot, heat 2 c sugar over medium heat until it liquifies and turns a golden amber color. add 12 tbs (1.5 sticks) butter and the bacon grease cream mixture. stir until combined and liquid. be super careful because this is scaldingly hot. set this aside.
  3. next make your brownies: in a double broiler, melt together the dark chocolate chips and remaining butter. remove from heat and add the cocoa and eggs (one at a time) until well combined. add the sugar and vanilla and stir until well combined. finally, add the flour and stir until just combined.
  4. now assemble your brownie batter: pour half the brownie batter into the bottom of your pan. top this with half the caramel mixture. scoop the rest of your brownie batter onto the top and pour the remaining caramel mixture. swirl the layers together. top with the crumbled bacon. bake for 40-50 min. you want to bake it until it just starts to set around the edges. let cool completely and cut into small pieces.

ok so a couple notes. first, next time i make these (because there will most def be a next time), i’m not going to use all the caramel mixture in the brownies. i’ll only use half for the actual brownies and reserve the other half to top the ice cream that i plan to put on the warm brownie. i really felt like using all the caramel made these brownies almost too rich. these really are super super rich brownies so i feel that my plan for saving half the caramel will help that out.

also. here’s another picture just to make you drool some more:

and while i’ve gotten some comments about all the stuff i’ve posted, i just had to share an email a coworker sent me about these brownies because it was the best ever!

Julie and I watch the show “Intervention”, and all these addicts talk about is how they can’t stop thinking about the drug, how it feels and even tastes – they dream about it.   I never really understood what that was like until I ate these brownies. 

now if that doesn’t make you understand the absolute need for you to be whipping up a batch of these brownies tonight, i don’t know what else will convince you.

kisses.

recipe from: beth michelle

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