Baker's Ultimate Caramel Nut Brownies
4 squares Baker's Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
3/4 cup butter or margarine
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1 (14 ounce) package caramels, unwrapped
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 cups pecans or walnut halves, divided
1 (12 ounce) package Baker's Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (optional)
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a foil-lined 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
Microwave chocolate squares and butter in microwave-safe bowl on HIGH 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
Stir sugar into chocolate until well blended.
Mix in eggs.
Stir in flour.
Spread 1/2 of batter in prepared pan.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until batter is firm to the touch.
Meanwhile, microwave caramels and cream in microwave-safe bowl on HIGH 3 minutes or until caramels begin to melt. Whisk until smooth.
Stir in 1 cup of nuts.
Gently spread caramel mixture over brownie batter in pan.
Sprinkle with chocolate chips, if desired.
Pour remaining unbaked brownie batter evenly over caramel mixture; sprinkle with remaining nuts. (Some caramel mixture may peek through.)
Bake for an additional 30 minutes.
Cool in pan.
Run knife around edge of pan to loosen brownies from sides. Lift from pan using foil as handles.
Cut into 24 fudgy brownies.
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