These brownies are for all my single ladies out there this time of year!
I’ve never hated Valentine’s Day. Yes, I think it’s overrated, and commercialized, but deep down I love celebrating almost anything, and I love any excuse to eat chocolate. No matter what my relationship status is.
I especially love it when brownies are involved.
I went out a limb a few months ago and shared this post about being single. I wanted to share it with y’all for a few reasons:
- So many bloggers write about being married, having kids, etc. It’s so hard to find single bloggers out there, living the independent life, and simultaneously talking about dating (and the real struggle that it can be!). I would love to be relatable to the group of us guys or gals that are single out there. And just so we’re crystal clear, this is no knock to those of you happily coupled. I know I’ll be there one day, but for now this is where I’m at, and I’m loving it.
- I want to be able to share it with you! My real life. I don’t want to skate around what’s really going on in my life- if I have a story about a date, or even attempting to date, I want to fill you in! Again, while still being respectful to boundaries and all, but I already covered that.
- I want to share it, but I’m scared! I want to push myself out of my comfort zone, live fearlessly, and talk about more than just food (although that is my favorite topic of discussion!). You know I try to live fearlessly as much as possible! Keep on, keeping on!
- Being single isn’t a curse! I want to change the conversation around singledom with you! Whether you’re happily coupled, committed, in a relationship, married, guy, girl, single, whatever – I want us to CHAT! We all have stories we can share. And being single doesn’t have to be depressing, or sad, or lonely. Let’s change the dialogue and focus on how – no matter what stage of life you’re at – being single should be seen as fiercely independent, empowering, strong, non-settling, and a blessing! So let’s start having real, honest conversations about what single is – and isn’t – and how we want dating to be for us single guys and gals!
Ok… so onto these BROWNIES! Have you figured out why I’m calling them Better Than a Boyfriend Brownies yet? Honestly because they are the most EPIC brownies you’ll ever have. And definitely better than the struggles of dating. 😂
I know you didn’t think that anything could be better than the simplicity of a gooey, dense, fudgy brownie, but my friends, you haven’t had brownies like these.
Of course the base is still the thick, gooey, chocolatey brownie we all crave, love, and demand.
On top of the delectable brownies is a layer of SALTED CARAMEL. You’re right, I said it. And you’re right that the use of caps locks was required. Salted Caramel is life – the ooey, gooey, soft, creaminess with the hint of sea salt. To. Die. For.
Now, we have two routes to take here: store bought salted caramel sauce (like what you’d drizzle on ice cream), or homemade. Obviously homemade is always better, but sometimes, ain’t nobody got time for that. So I get it. But for those of you who want to be boss, I added the homemade caramel recipe I use.
Then… then you guys… then the potato chips. You know that whole sweet-and-salty combination? Just like with the salted caramel? Obviously it’s dynamite. Plus, the potato chips add mega crunch to Better Than a Boyfriend Brownies. Basically it’s like a texture explosion in your mouth. Was that weird? I hope it wasn’t weird, because I’m not taking it back.
How do you top off Better Than a Boyfriend Brownies?! With a chocolate ganache drizzle, of course. What could be better than “sandwiching” these brownies between layers of chocolate? Only adding a layer of salted caramel and potato chips in the middle, that’s what! 😉 To take them over the top, sprinkle some sea salt flakes on top for an extra hint of saltiness.
There you have it – a happy explosion of sweet, salty, crunchy, fudgy, chewy amazingness. Whether you’ve got a boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, husband, or your own independent wonderful self, go ahead and eat all the brownies your heart desires. They are the perfect Valentine, after all.Print
Thick, fudgy brownies topped with salted caramel, crunchy potato chips, and chocolate ganache!
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 2 1/2 cups potato chips
- Sea Salt Flakes
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or a dark chocolate bar, chopped
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil or flavorless oil of choice
- Caramel Sauce: Warm the heavy cream in a small sauce pan. In a large sauce pan, combine the water, sugar, and salt over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer without stirring until it turns a rich honey color, approximately 10-12 minutes. You can “swirl” the pan around so it caramelizes evenly. Cook for an additional minute or two as the color deepens. Immediately add the cream while stirring and reduce heat. Use your spoon to push down the bubbles. Stir together and remove from heat. Let cool, store in an airtight jar in the fridge.
- Brownies: Preheat oven to 350°F and grease or line an 8×8 inch square pan with parchment paper. Melt butter in a microwave safe container. Whisk in cocoa powder and sugar until combined. Whisk in eggs one at a time, with vanilla extract. Don’t over mix. Stir in flour, salt, and espresso powder. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread evenly in pan and bake for 25-28 minutes until edges and center are set and toothpick is removed with desired “gooeyness” level (i.e. a little bit of batter on it).
- Let brownies cool. Spread approximately 1 cup of cooled caramel across brownies. Top immediately with potato chips.
- Chocolate Ganache: In a microwave safe bowl, heat chocolate and oil in 15 second increments. Stir in between intervals until chocolate is completely melted (it won’t take much, and when you stir it the chocolate should continue to melt, stopping and stirring will ensure it doesn’t burn in the microwave).
- Drizzle ganache on top of potato chips. Sprinkle sea salt flakes on top as desired.
You don’t have to add the espresso powder, but it definitely brings out a rich, deep chocolate flavor in the brownies! Highly recommended.
If you don’t want to make your own caramel, buy a salted caramel sauce from the store (like what you’d put on ice cream).
Caramel will thicken as it cools and sits in the fridge, I spread on the caramel straight from the fridge so it stays thick on the brownies.
The longer the potato chips sit on top of the caramel layer, they do become slightly soggy; I’d recommend eating the brownies same day, or adding more potato chips for the added crunch the next day.
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