Caramel Mars Bar Brownies


I’m sick.

I sound like a seal. Crossed with a man. Crossed with a teenage kid who’s voice is breaking.

It’s so hot.

My head feels groggy, my nose is stuffy and I have the sexiest seal cough ever.


What are you like when you are sick? Do you take the day off work or school? Do you stay home in bed? Or on the couch, in your pyjamas, surrounded by tissues? Do you force your housemate/friend/boyfriend/mother/husband to make you chicken soup? Do you watch Sex and the City re-runs?


Well, all of that would be normal.

But that’s not what I do. I sunbake. And go out and drink apple martinis. And go to class and annoy everyone with my seal cough.


And when I do stay at home, instead of planting my behind firmly on the couch and getting some rest, I bake caramel Mars Bar brownies.


These babies have a layer of my favourite cocoa brownies. Then that’s topped with a thick layer of gooey, chewy caramel. And then the whole thing is studded with Mars Bars.

Yes, Mars Bars.


They are yum. And they’re the perfect sickness cure too. Because at least while I’m stuffing my face with these, no one has to be succumbed to my horrid teenage boy voice. Win.


CARAMEL MARS BAR BROWNIES

For the brownie base
Adapted from Alice Medrich’s Pure Dessert.

150g unsalted butter, cubed (5.4 oz)
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup plain flour
8 fun size Mars Bars, cut into quarters

Preheat the oven to 170 C (325 F) and grease and line an 8×8 pan with baking paper.

Put the unsalted butter, sugar, cocoa, salt and vanilla in a heatproof bowl and place it over a pot of simmering water. Do not let the bowl touch the water.

Stir every so often, until the butter is melted and the mixture combined.

Remove the bowl from the heat. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon or spatula between each addition.

Add the flour and mix it in until it clears. Then beat the mixture vigorously for 40 strokes. Stir in the chopped Mars Bars.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until the center is set and a toothpick inserted has moist crumbs. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

For the caramel topping
Adapted from Roxana’s Home Baking.

220g salted butter (1 cup)
2 x 397g (14oz) cans condensed milk
1/2 cup sugar
4 fun size Mars Bars, quartered

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over a low heat.

Add the sugar and the condensed milk.

Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly so it does not catch and burn. This will take some time.

Once the mixture has come to the boil, cook for a further 5 – 7 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and changes colour slightly.

Pour half the caramel mixture over the cooled brownie base. Top with the chopped Mars Bars. Pour the remaining caramel over the top and smooth out the surface with a spatula.

Allow to cool completely at room temperature before cutting. Makes 25 squares.

27 Thoughts on “Caramel Mars Bar Brownies

  1. These are amazing! I hope you get to feeling better soon!

  2. Wow. Since I started following your blog I haven’t had the time to bake anything, and the list of things I have to try is getting longer and longer. These just went straight to the top! Yum. Hope you feel better soon!

  3. Beautiful brownie bars! I’d love to have one of those. Glad I found your blog through Food Gawker.

  4. Aw, so sorry to hear you’re not feeling well! I hope it clears up soon. Those bars look amazing…wish I lived closer so I could be your taste-tester :)

    • Thanks Maura! I’m sure it will go away in no time! I wish we lived close to each other so we could be each other’s taste testers! :-)
      PS. You totally made me feel better today – check your email!

  5. I was sick earlier this week too, but it’s been cold and rainy where I live. My favorite activities include watching many episodes of No Reservations and eating a lot of cold cereal in bed!

  6. Now this would be a cure for a cold I could get behind! Hope you feel better. It’s been a tough season so far.

  7. I discovered your blog the other day when I was looking for a nutella cookie recipe – they were so delicious – thanks (they’ve also proven to be great comfort food as I’ve come down with a cold since making them!). Anyway, just wanted to say how beautiful all of your recipes look – I cant wait to make some more. I’m a Food Tech teacher and think some of these would be a hit with the kids. Also loving that you’re Australian and no conversions required! Looking forward to following :)

    • Hey Emma! I’m so happy to hear that you made and liked the Nutella cookies! Sorry to hear that you’ve come down with a cold – doesn’t it suck in the middle of spring?! Thanks so much for the kind words. That’s so cool that you’re a food tech teacher! Do you enjoy it? I loved food tech haha. Glad to have you following :-) Let me know what else you try!

  8. those are amazing!

  9. carmen on March 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm said:

    Your website looks beautiful I have a list already , I attempted to make these today and I have no idea what happened but the caramel epically failed :( butter separated and it went lumpy and weird :( Mars bar brownies went down well though

    • Thanks so much Carmen, haha I am happy to hear you have a baking list!
      You know what, the first time I made that caramel it epically failed too :-( it’s not an easy one and you have to follow super closely with caramel. Glad you liked the brownies though! Thanks for following along :-D

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  11. Finally got around to making these Natasha – with a little adaption – Fabulous but sinful. They’re on my blog now if you want to see how they turned out. :)

  12. Melody on May 21, 2013 at 12:25 am said:

    oh my goodness.. i love your blog! baking these as we speak (yes at 12.24am) but Im pregnant so thats my excuse, cant wait to try more of your fabulous recipes x

    • Hi Melody! Haha I guess when a craving strikes when you’re pregnant you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do! Hope you enjoyed these and I’m so happy to hear you like the blog :-)

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