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Salted Caramel Hot Fudge Brownies

Hot fudge brownies are thin, cake-style brownies with rich hot fudge and a layer of salted caramel glaze on top. A decadent and delicious brownies from scratch recipe.

Salted Caramel Hot Fudge Brownies From Scratch Recipe - These brownies are chocolaty, rich, and completely delicious!

Jeepers, I have some brutal fans! When I posted an innocent little photo of these hot fudge brownies on my Facebook page yesterday, an unsuspecting onlooker might have thought I had committed sins against all 10 of the commandments or something.


People were threatening to take my first born child if I didn’t get the recipe posted ASAP! So, I will not go into much chatter about this brownies from scratch recipe.  I’m just going to leave you with one itty bitty word of advice before I give you the recipe…

Put on your stretchy pants before you make this hot fudge brownies recipe!

Easy Hot Fudge Brownies Recipe, from

Because the brownies are thin, all of the hot fudge flavor is intensified, meaning they are super rich, fudgy brownies. Ironically, this isn’t a fudgy brownie recipe. These are actually cake-style brownies. To get a fudgy consistency, bake them in a [amazon_textlink asin=’B0029JOC6I’ text=’9 x 13-inch cake pan’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’chebecskit-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’4fb5c932-3d79-11e7-affd-81feadcd6967′]. If you like brownies that are less dense and more cake-style, bake them in an [amazon_textlink asin=’B0029JMMRE’ text=’8-inch square pan’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’chebecskit-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6d79dedc-3d79-11e7-8b61-2fc4acbf1222′].

Whether you make them thin or thick, don’t skip the thing that takes these hot fudge brownies over the top: the salted caramel glaze!

Hot Fudge Brownies made from scratch with a layer of salted caramel glaze on top

Update: Since writing this post, I’ve also made this recipe using a smaller pan, creating a true cake-style brownie recipe. See the new salted caramel brownies from scratch recipe and video tutorial here.

Hot Fudge Brownies with Salted Caramel Glaze

Salted caramel and sweet fudgy brownies combine to make an irresistible and decadent dessert that will be the center of attention on your table. Eat these in MODERATION...they're VERY rich!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 brownies
Calories 297 kcal


For the Brownies:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweeteend cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon. baking powder
  • 8 oz unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1 cup hot fudge sauce

For the Salted Caramel Glaze

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sea or kosher salt divided


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9.5 x 11 pan (or line with foil or parchment paper and then grease, if desired - This will make it easier to remove the brownies from the pan.)
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In large microwavable bowl, melt butter in 30 second intervals, stirring after each until smooth. Add sugar & vanilla, and whisk until well-combined. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add cocoa mixture and whisk until fully combined.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the hot fudge until it's smooth and a pourable consistency. Stir into batter. Pour into the prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with just a few crumbs. (If you like your brownies really fudgy, slightly underbake them) Allow them to cool completely.


  • In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the heavy cream - but DO NOT boil! Keep it warm.
  • In a separate medium saucepan, combine sugar & water but DO NOT STIR. Place over medium-high heat & bring to a boil. Cook until mixture turns an amber color (about 5 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and add warm cream, butter, and 1/2 of the salt. Stir gently until smooth & well combined. Pour over the cooked brownies and use an offset spatula to spread it evenly over the surface. Sprinkle with remaining kosher salt.
  • Allow glaze to set before cutting and serving.


Recipe inspiration came from several sources, including Serious Eats, Vittles & Bits, and the Noble Pig


Serving: 1brownieCalories: 297kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 180mgPotassium: 122mgFiber: 1gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 405IUCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
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If you love brownies from scratch as much as I do, be sure to also check out my Fudgy Chocolate Chunk Best Ever Brownies Recipe.

Fudgy, dark chocolate chunk best ever brownies recipe from

If you’re watching your waistline, but you still need a chocolate fix, check out my recipe for low carb chocolate crinkles.

These low carb chocolate crinkles are a skinny version of the classic Christmas cookie. They might become one of your favorite cookie recipes!

Easy Fudge Brownies Recipe, from

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  1. Hi! I am going to make these for a baby shower. I have a question….how do you cut them so nice? I know you line the baking pan and then take out the brownies, but after that? Do you keep them cold and use a hot knife?

    1. Hi Jessica! I’ve learned a couple of great tips for slicing moist desserts like brownies and cheesecake. If at all possible, chill before slicing. I know that OPTIMALLY, brownies taste better warm, but they are often too crumbly or fudgy to slice well that way. I also use a warm knife that I’ve run under hot water for a minute or so. Unlike some people, I don’t use the knife wet because I’m a bit crazy when it comes to that little edge that has extra moisture on it. Just get the knife hot, dry it off quickly, and SLICE. Repeat before cutting the next slice.

      I hope these tips help. ENJOY the brownies and the baby shower!

  2. You had to post a fudgy brownie WITH a salted caramel… are you kidding me?!? lol I have to make this! I can’t even say no! 🙂 They look phenomenal Bec and I can’t wait to make em! <3

  3. your post is really good and informative. i’m surprised that your post has not gotten any. good quality, genuine comments. you have done a great job by posting this article. thanks!!

  4. oh my!!!! this morning I am being teased with too many brownie recipes, gonna have to make up gift baskets to get rid of all the chocolate in my house after making them! Of course I will have to taste test each one.

    1. It’s an honor to have you visiting my own kitchen. I’m following your blog, and drooling over every recipe. This one, in particular, catches my hungry eyes. I love caramel on just about anything. I can see my husband and I enjoying our newly empty nest, while watching a DVD and sharing a plate of this.Yummy!

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