Chocolate Caramel Hot Cocoa Brownies

by Renee on December 12, 2013

Chocolate Caramel Hot Cocoa Brownies | Magnolia Days

Dampness hits as soon as the door opens. It’s a cold, misty, and rainy day. You head out to do errands and feel an increasing chill with each stop along the way. Thoughts of a hot beverage enter your mind. How wonderful it is to warm up from the inside out. Soon you arrive home and want to curl up with a warm blanket and sip on mug of hot chocolate. Even better would be to have a treat of chocolate caramel hot cocoa brownies to go along with it.

Chocolate is the answer to many questions and cravings. At least it is in my world. When I had the opportunity to play with some Ghirardelli products, I thought a combo would be in order. These brownies have a trio of chocolate in them. It combines Ghirardelli’s new chocolate caramel hot cocoa with their unsweetened cocoa powder and semi-sweet chips. The caramel flavor from the hot cocoa gives the brownies an extra oomph over regular triple chocolate ones.

Chocolate Caramel Hot Cocoa Brownies | Magnolia Days

The brownies have a middle texture. To clarify, they are not fudgy or cake-like. They are somewhere in the middle of the brownie realm of texture. The sweet scent and flavor of caramel comes through and gives a lightness quality to the density of three chocolates. Paired with a mug of the chocolate caramel hot cocoa and you have an indulgence to warm you up on a cold day.

Chocolate Caramel Hot Cocoa Brownies | Magnolia Days

Do you crave hot chocolate in the winter? I make it as an afternoon treat. These brownies are great even on warmer days. Visit the Ghirardelli website for more information on their hot cocoa along with other products and recipes. Also check out Dessert Cups with Mousse which is something special for entertaining.

Chocolate Caramel Hot Cocoa Brownies

1 hour

Makes 16 servings

Chocolate Caramel Hot Cocoa Brownies

  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips*
  • 1 cup flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Caramel Hot Cocoa Mix*
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper with about a 1-inch overhang. Grease the parchment paper.

Stir together the chocolate chips and 2 teaspoons of flour in a small bowl to coat the chips with flour.

Whisk together the remaining flour, hot cocoa mix, cocoa powder, and salt in a bowl.

Whisk together the sugar, butter, and eggs in a separate bowl.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour batter into the prepared pan and spread out the batter evenly.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a little batter and some moist clumps clinging to it. Do not over-bake.

Scatter the mini marshmallows over the warm brownies. Wait 1 minute for the marshmallows to soften a little and use your fingers to gently press down on the marshmallows.

Cool brownies completely in the pan on a wire rack.

Run a knife between the brownies and the pan on the sides without parchment. Lift the brownies out of the pan using the parchment paper.

Place the brownies on a cutting board and slice into squares.


*Ghirardelli brand recommended.

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Disclosure: I received a variety pack of Ghirardelli products at no charge. I was under no obligation to give a positive review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated or contained within a guest post.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennie @themessybakerblog December 12, 2013 at 7:54 am

Chocolate is the answer to everything! These look wonderful, Renee. Pinned.


Renee December 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Absolutely agree with you Jennie. I don’t know what I would do without chocolate.


Kayle (The Cooking Actress) December 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

mmmmmmmm!! I LOVE all the flavors!!! Such a perfect, comforting, delish treat!


Renee December 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Thanks Kayle and I found the brownies to be quite comforting.


Betsy @ Desserts Required December 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Lovely writing, pictures and recipe. Delish!!


Renee December 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Thank you Betsy and you made my day with your kind words.


Dina December 12, 2013 at 6:33 pm

they sound delish!


Renee December 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Thanks you very much Dina and they are as delish as they sound.


Bill December 13, 2013 at 4:02 am

What a great sounding brownie recipe and they look delicious! I love the caramel flavor in them. I think Ghirardelli chocolates are the best! Great post, Renee!


Renee December 13, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I agree on Ghirardelli products. I’ve been using their cocoa and chocolate chips for ages.


Stacy December 14, 2013 at 9:38 am

A few years ago I read an independent taste test of various chocolate chips and Ghirardelli came in first. Ever since, that’s what I’ve bought whenever I could find it. Those brownies look wonderful, Renee. I am just imagining the added caramel and loving it.


Renee December 14, 2013 at 9:59 am

I switched to using Ghirardelli chips long ago. They do have a better flavor to me than the other popular chocolate chip brand.


Alida December 14, 2013 at 11:25 am

These look wonderful! Such a fun wintery treat!


foodwanderings December 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Hi Renee, Great to have this recipe now that my son will be heading back from college on a winter break. I hope all is well & happy holidays. Shulie


Renee December 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Thanks Shulie and I hope you and your family has a very merry holiday season.


Carla December 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Mmm love the sound of chocolate and caramel in brownies! Put extra marshmallows on mine ;)


Renee December 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm

You got it Carla – extra marshmallows for you.


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes December 18, 2013 at 8:09 am

A chocolate bar with a chocolate drink, how perfect for a winter day Renee! I agree completely with the first sentence of your second paragraph! These are gorgeous.


Renee December 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Thanks Paula and hopefully you will remember to enjoy this when it is winter in your area.


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