I've seen variations on this recipe online a bit, recently, & had to ask the Bat for her copy, because, no matter how good the others look, Mom's brownies are always the best. And, these are perfect for spoiling friends around the holidays.
(I will try to add pix later, after I've finished making a batch or two, but, for now, I'm just copying the Bat's recipe card into a format I can read without the smudges.)
(for the brownies)
2 heaping Tablespoons cocoa powder
3/4 cup butter
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon NaCl (salt)
3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3-5 cups all-purpose flour
(for the gooey middle part)
1 full (1 lb.) bag of Kraft (or equal quality brand) caramels, unwrapped
1/3 cup evaporated milk
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350º F.
Unwrap caramels from bag. Melt with milk in microwave (it should take about 2 minutes maximum), or, in double-boiler on stovetop. Set aside.
Melt butter, mix in cocoa powder. Add sugar, eggs, salt, and vanilla, then add enough flour that the dough is very thick, yet not crumbly. Spread half of dough into bottom of jelly roll pan, bake for 6 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle chocolate chips over half-cooked dough, then spread caramel mixture over that. Finally, crumble remaining dough over the caramel, return this to oven, bake another 20 minutes, until done. For best results, serve warm.