Brownies for Breakfast?

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Peanut Butter Caramel "Baked Brownies"

Do these brownies look gooey enough to you?

Peanut Butter Caramel "Baked Brownies"

They did to me too…

Peanut Butter Caramel "Baked Brownies"

…at 8:30 this morning.

What, you don’t eat brownies for breakfast?  Yeah, me neither.  I actually eat a wonderfully healthy breakfast every morning; think yogurt, oatmeal, fruit and peanut butter in some combination or another.  It is actually my favorite meal and I’m always a little sad when it’s over.

But back to the brownies.  I made this evil baked good last night (sorry, I’m not usually that mean to my desserts).  I woke up this morning ready to cut and photograph them to find out that about 75% of my work was underbaked….. uhoh.

Peanut Butter Caramel "Baked Brownies"

I started cutting the brownies and found that the fudgey inside was getting stuck on the side of the knife.  So I did what any normal person would do, I tasted them.

Peanut Butter Caramel "Baked Brownies"

And then I tasted them again.

And then a taste turned into a slice and into another slice…. and before you know it more brownies than I care to admit had disappeared.  Not my finest moment.  But hey, at least I can vouch for the recipe!


Peanut Butter Caramel “Baked Brownies”

Serving Size: 36


  •  1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  •  2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder (use a good one like Valhrona)
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  •  11 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate coarsly chopped (I used 60% cocoa)
  •  1 cup, 2 sticks, unsalted butter cut into slices
  •  1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  •  1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  •  1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  •  5 large eggs at room temperature
  •  2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, separated
  •  1 7-ounce bag caramel candies
  •  3 tablespoons creamy salted peanut butter

Cooking Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Grease a 13×9 pan lined with foil; set aside
Whisk together flour, cocoa and salt in a medium bowl; set aside
Place large heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water; in that bowl combine chocolate, butter and espresso powder
Stir mixture until completely melted and turn off burner
Leaving the bowl over the pot of water, whisk in sugars
Move bowl to counter and once at room temperature, whisk in 3 eggs
Whisk in remaining eggs and 2 treaspoons of vanilla, do not overbeat
Gently fold in flour mixture until just combined
Pour brownie batter into prepared pan and set aside
In a microwave-proof bowl, combine caramels, peanut butter and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Microwave for 1 minute and stir; microwave for additional 30-second increments until melted, stirring in-between
Drop spoonfulls of caramel mixture over brownie batter
Use a knife to swirl caramel through brownies; Don’t worry about it looking pretty, the caramel will sink into the brownie and that is ok
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a knife comes out clean being careful not to overbake


I found the brownie recipe on Apples and Twinkies; it is originally from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

Caramel filling from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey cookbook

I baked the brownies for 25 minutes but I think 30-35 minutes would result in a perfectly baked brownie


Peanut Butter Caramel "Baked Brownies"

Have you ever eaten dessert early in the morning?

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60 Responses to “Brownies for Breakfast?”

  1. DessertForTwo June 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Honey, I eat dessert for breakfast so often it’s downright shameful!

    • KeepItSweet June 23, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

      I knew I loved you:-)

  2. Florida Foodie June 23, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    I always eat dessert for breakfast after a big holiday dinner. I have the leftover cake from the previous night! My favorite is when I have 7-layer cake every morning during Passover!

  3. vanillasugarblog June 23, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    girl you’re fabulous!
    these brownies are fabulous just like you.
    thank you so very much for always commenting on my blog.

    • KeepItSweet June 25, 2011 at 10:01 am #

      You are fabulous!

  4. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 23, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    I love gooey and under baked brownies! They aren’t always the prettiest but they can be the tastiest!

  5. La Phemme Phoodie June 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    I recently had an obscenely large piece of leftover birthday cake for breakfast with a tall glass of milk. Best breakfast ever! I think the gooey under baked brownies sound incredible.

  6. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy & Healthy June 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    i would totally eat these for breakfast…and lunch…and dinner…
    yeah that’s why I don’t make brownies. I’d go all Miranda from Sex & the City and eat them out of the trashcan. Bad news all around.

    • KeepItSweet June 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

      I was JUST talking about that episode and how that would totally be me!!!

  7. Colleen June 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    Oh my. How decadent! Brownies for breakfast are a-okay in my book every now and then. ;-) When you bake and blog, it’s almost inevitable!

  8. Happy When Not Hungry June 23, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Wow these brownies look amazing! I would’ve eaten these at 8:30 in the morning too!

  9. Brian @ A Thought For Food June 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    There is nothing wrong with having any dessert for breakfast. And these brownies look like the perfect way to start the day.

  10. Rachel @ NotRachael Ray June 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    Oh my gosh girl, between this post and the last? What are you trying to do to us? They both look amazing, I don’t know which one to start with!

  11. Roxana GreenGirl June 23, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    With these brownies around I’d eat them not only breakfast but for lunch and dinner too. Let’s not forget the snacks! They sounds so good. Yum!

  12. Jacqueline June 23, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

    Umm I’ve definitely eaten brownies for breakfast- and not on accident. These would be hard to resist!

  13. Joy June 24, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    The brownies looks so good.

  14. Maureen June 24, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    Food rules? Say it ain’t so! Everything in moderation and whenever you want to eat it.

    I’ve made undercooked brownies only once. My son was going through a rough patch when he was about 14. Couldn’t be civil to anyone. So I made brownies and undercooked them and squooshed them together with candy corn and walnuts and shaped them into a log and then shaped the log into a round swirly shape and put them on the center of the cake I’d made for dessert.

    Then I piped “DON’T BE A” above it.

    He laughed and it started him on the road to recovery to being a human being.

    • KeepItSweet June 24, 2011 at 6:00 am #

      That is hysterical!

    • Veronica June 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

      Bwahahahaha! Love it!

  15. Victoria (District Chocoholic) June 24, 2011 at 1:27 am #

    Whatever, they have peanut butter in them. Reasonable breakfast food. They’re probably more nutritious than a doughnut, which is somehow considered acceptable for breakfast on a regular basis.

    Of course I eat brownies for breakfast sometimes. Life wouldn’t be worth living if I didn’t.

    P.S. Do you have a brownie overload situation going on in your apartment?

    • KeepItSweet June 24, 2011 at 6:00 am #

      OMG, there are so many delicious desserts in my apartment it is a scary place to be! lol

  16. Maris (In Good Taste) June 24, 2011 at 4:14 am #

    I am all for brownies for breakfast, especially ones that look as good s these!

  17. Sinful Southern Sweets June 24, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    They look gooey enough for breakfast, lunch and dinner to me. No shame in
    keep the blood sugar elevated all day long;)
    Seriously, they look awesome!

  18. Style in the City June 24, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Lol this is so cute and adorable! I know exactly how you feel, sometimes a cake is simply too good to resist!

    Have an amazing weekend!

    xx Ivana

  19. Julia June 24, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Kiiiiiller!!!! Gooey brownies are the best kind anyway, right? Gooey is the new term for undercooked ;)

  20. Joanne June 24, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    In my opinion, the gooier the better when it comes to brownies! So these seem kind of perfectly baked to me. And seriously. Peanut butter caramel. I’m in love.

    I rarely have baked goods for breakfast. But lunch and dinner are a whole other story.

  21. Emily @ Life on Food June 24, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    I love the gooeyness dripping out. They look heavenly. I have been meaning to get that cookbook. I think it is a given now but I will try this recipe out to hold me over. Yummy!

  22. marla June 24, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Sure, i’ll take some of these brownies for breakfast! They look great! :)

  23. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum June 24, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Mmmm…. looks delicious!

  24. Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook June 24, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Oh you are so evil! It’s barely half way through morning and I am now hungry for a chocolate snack!

    Ok, confession time. I’m a choco-holic. I always end up “sneaking” brownies for breakfast if I have them lying around. :)

    • KeepItSweet June 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

      You and I could be friends:-)

  25. Madison M June 24, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    I try to stay away from dessert for breakfast, but that’s not to say I’m always successful, either! The only problem is that I end up thinking I deserve to eat dessert later in the day, too!

    • KeepItSweet June 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

      I had that problem with the cookie dough ice cream bar in my freezer!

  26. Erin June 24, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Wow I love super gooey brownies. IDK how you didn’t eat the entire pan! Oh and if it makes you feel any better, I had a red velvet whoopie pie for breakfast… but I too typically have a healthy breakfast.

    • KeepItSweet June 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

      Mmmm that sounds like you had a good start to the day as well:-)

  27. purabi naha June 24, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    I am mad about brownies. Each one of us makes it differently and it tastes different. Your brownies are gooey enough…Thumbs up!!

  28. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite June 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    I love underbaked brownies! Yum!

    I’m not usually a dessert for breakfast person, except one time a year – when my family is in Aruba, we eat Dunkin’ Donuts donuts every morning…its such a special treat on vacation :)

  29. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods June 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    These look to die for! I love ooey gooey brownies like this. Need to make this recipe, stat!

  30. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic June 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Yes, I have eaten dessert for breakfast on numerous occasions! I don’t do it often but it makes me happy ;) I would totally dig into these brownies for breakfast myself!

  31. Dana@TheSundaySweet June 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    You do not want to know how often I eat dessert for breakfast. It’s pretty often. I can’t help it. Those brownies look like something I could eat for breakfast everyday. Easily.

  32. Carolyn June 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    I LOVE my brownies underbaked so this would have been a huge temptation for me too!

  33. Katrina June 24, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Those look perfect for ice cream on top–for breakfast. ;)

    • KeepItSweet June 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

      You know, after the fact I was really regretting that I didn’t add ice cream at the time!

  34. Ellie@fitforthesoul June 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    whoa those are sooo gooey that they’re practically not cooked! haha, it’s a good thing ;)

  35. Valentina @ TheBakingFairy June 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    I will admit, I do occasionally splurge and have dessert for breakfast… but only sometimes! These brownies look fabulous, especially cause they’re so gooey and moist. I personally can’t stand a dry brownie :p

  36. debbie c. June 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    Do I ever eat dessert for breakfast?…… You’re kidding, right????
    Way too often! Just don’t tell my trainer! :)

  37. Tessa June 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    I’ve definitely been in the EXACT same position with preparing brownies to photograph and not being able to resist, despite the early morning hour. These sound deadly. I love myself an ooey gooey brownie.

  38. Veronica June 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    Oh, I know how that goes! It’s nearly impossible to resist the sweet treat I’m photographing, no matter what time of day. I’ve eaten my fair share of brownies & cookies for breakfast because of it. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with underbaked brownies. Kinda like have a brownie and brownie batter at the same time! mmmm

  39. miri leigh June 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    I would eat these for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! These look so amazing….I’m going to make these this weekend!

  40. Sues June 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    OMGosh peanut butter, chocolate, AND caramel?! These look amazing. I made awesome fudgey brownies the other day but they were so gooey, they didn’t photograph well at all. I would definitely eat these for breakfast :)

  41. Ashley@BakerbyNature June 25, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    I think it would be a crime not to eat at least 3 of these for breakfast, and hey… at least you have the whole day to worry about burning of those things called “calories”

  42. Simply Life June 26, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    I actually tend to prefer eating desserts earlier than later -these look perfect for any time of day!

  43. Angela@RecipesFromMyMom June 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    I had to giggle when I read the instruction about it being okay for the PB caramel sinking into the brownie. Heck, that’s better than okay- it’s preferable! And I’m forever underbaking things because I like ’em gooey.

  44. briarrose June 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    Amazingly gooey….these call to me…..they demand a noshin.

  45. natalie (the sweets life) June 28, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    sometimes it’s just fun to eat dessert for breakfast…esp when you have caramel brownies!!

  46. Elina (Healthy and Sane) June 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    If it’s sitting on the counter in the morning, I’m digging in. I don’t care what time it is ;)

  47. kita July 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    I solidly believe that brownies were made for breakfast! These look ooey gooey and awwwwesome!

  48. Emily October 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    These look so great! I am drooling! I love a gooey center. I have to say, you must have some incredible willpower to make these last night and not even cut into them until this morning. After the smell from the oven, I don’t think I could have gone to bed without a bite, or two or three. ha ha. I started a low-calorie plan on Monday, so I will just have to keep drooling for now. Maybe I will make them for my family and me for the holidays.

  49. Emily October 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Oops. I just realized this recipe was actually posted back in June. My bad. I just found your blog yesterday and look forward to visiting it periodically for good dessert ideas.

    • KeepItSweet October 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

      That is ok, glad you like the blog:-) I still think about those brownies and have no idea how I waited to eat them at all!

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