Make ooey gooey chocolate brownies loaded with your favorite chocolate candies. This recipe is made in a cast iron skillet and served with ice cream on top.
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As a chocolate lover, there's nothing more I love than a plate full of gooey chocolate brownies loaded with a scoop of ice cream.
You're going to love this simple dessert recipe that you can bake up in a cast iron skillet. The cast iron helps the brownies stay super gooey in the middle.
These brownies are also loaded with your favorite chocolate candies like M&Ms, Twix bars, Snickers, Reese's, or whatever leftover Halloween candy you have around your house.
This is a dessert that both kids and adults are going to love!
What You'll Learn In This Recipe
- How to make brownies from scratch. This is a great baking technique to learn.
- The best candies to include in loaded brownies.
- My favorite trick for jazzing up brownies so they look pretty to eat.
If you love to bake, don't forget to grab my free e-book with all my favorite secrets to becoming a better baker.
Ingredients You Need
- Unsalted butter: If you're using salted butter, reduce the amount of added salt.
- Granulated sugar: This ingredient adds lots of sweetness to the dish. You can learn more about the science and role of sugar in baking.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder: This ingredient adds a chocolate flavor to the gooey brownies. Don't use dutch process cocoa powder.
- Fine sea salt: This type of salt is great for baking since it easily incorporates into batters.
- Vanilla extract: Make sure to buy high-quality vanilla for deliciously flavored brownies.
- Eggs: The large amount of eggs in this recipe helps contribute to the delicious final texture.
- Baking powder: This ingredient will give the brownie some rise.
- All purpose flour: Make sure you properly measure the flour. First, fluff up the flour using a spoon. Next, scoop the flour into the measuring cup. Level off the top of the measuring cup with a knife to remove excess flour.
- Chocolate candies: This recipe will work with any of your favorite chocolate candies. I personally love using M&M's, Twix, and Reese's cups.
- Caramel sauce: If you're not a fan of caramel, feel free to omit this ingredient.
- Vanilla ice cream: This is a completely optional ingredient, but I love adding ice cream to brownies for a fun garnish. The creamy ice cream contrasts perfectly with the gooey chocolate brownies.
How To Make This Recipe
If you've never made homemade brownies, you'll be surprised to learn how easily this loaded brownie recipe comes together.
1. Add butter to a medium-sized saucepan and heat on the stove until all of the butter is melted.
2. Next, add the granulated sugar and cocoa powder to the melted butter. Whisk everything together until it's well combined. Then remove the saucepan from the heat.
3. Add sea salt, vanilla extract, and eggs to the saucepan and once again whisk everything together until it's combined.
4. Switch over to a silicone spatula and stir in the baking powder and flour.
5. You can't forget the loaded part of the brownies. Stir in your chopped chocolate candies.
6. Transfer the brownies to a greased 12 inch cast iron skillet. Once you've evenly spread the batter, drizzle the caramel sauce on top. For a pretty pattern in the brownie, drag a knife through the caramel to incorporate it into the brownie batter.
Bake in a preheated 350°F for 35 - 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownie comes out clean.
- For a fun, family-style dessert, add ice cream to the center of the brownie and serve directly from the skillet.
- Want your brownies to have a salted caramel taste? Sprinkle some Maldon sea salt flakes on top after the brownies have finished baking.
- Store any leftover brownies covered in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
There's no need to allow the eggs and butter to come to room temperature for this recipe.
Yes, this recipe can be made with a 1:1 gluten free flour like Bob's Red Mill.
Yes, I love the taste of homemade caramel in these gooey brownies. You can make a batch of homemade caramel using this cookie recipe.
More Caramel Dessert Recipes
Loaded Gooey Chocolate Brownies
- Heat oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Add butter to a medium saucepan and cook over medium high heat until melted.
- Add granulated sugar and cocoa powder to the melted butter and whisk to combine. Remove saucepan from heat.
- Add sea salt, vanilla extract, and eggs to the saucepan and whisk to combine.
- Fold in baking powder and flour with a silicone spatula. Add in chocolate candies and mix just until incorporated.
- Transfer to a greased 12 inch cast iron skillet and evenly spread the batter. Drizzle caramel on top, and drag a knife through the caramel to spread the caramel throughout the brownie batter.
- Bake for 35 - 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownie comes out clean. Once the brownie is removed from the oven, place additional chocolate candies on top for garnish. Allow the brownie to cool for 1 - 2 hours before slicing and serving.
- Serve with a drizzle of caramel and ice cream.