Dulce de Leche Brownies

by Erin

Happy day after my birthday…I mean…Cinco de Mayo! And of course that also means the Holiday Recipe Club is stepping up again to bring you all kinds of festive foods incorporating dulce de leche, chorizo, or tomatoes. I caved into the desserts once again since I have never baked with dulce de leche before. And after seeing this brownie recipe I really could not pass up the opportunity. Just the simple addition of some dulce de leche really kicks these brownies up to a whole new level, while retaining the characteristics of being thick, chewy, and moist – the way all brownies should be.

You can definitely use store-bought dulce de leche, but I went ahead and made my own because it was so easy (and cheaper). You simple take the label off of a regular can of sweetened condensed milk, submerge it under water in your slow-cooker and set on low for 8 hours. Take out, cool and use!

How are you celebrating today? Check out the other recipes linked up at the bottom of this post for more festive ideas! And if you are interested in joining for the next holiday, be sure to visit the HRC contact page.

One year ago: Homemade Salsa


Makes 16 brownies


8 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

6 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

3 large eggs

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup flour

1 cup dulce de leche


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on opposite sides to lift the brownies out after they’ve baked.  Spray the pan/foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Add the butter to a medium saucepan and set over low heat.  Melt the butter, stirring occasionally.  Add the chocolate and continue cooking over low, stirring constantly, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.  Turn off the heat under the pan and whisk in the cocoa powder.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Stir in the sugar and vanilla and, finally, the flour.  The batter will be very thick.
  3. Transfer half of the batter to the prepared pan and spread in an even layer. Dollop about one third of the dulce de leche over the batter and use a thin knife to swirl the two together (just a few times). Spread the remaining brownie batter in the pan, then dollop the remaining dulce de leche on top and again use a thin knife to swirl the them together.
  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the brownies feel just slightly firm on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached.  Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the brownies cool completely before removing and cutting into squares.

Source: Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

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Medeja July 3, 2012 - 4:59 am

It looks so tempting and soooooo sweet!

Emily @ She Makes and Bakes May 8, 2012 - 10:18 am

I just made some dulce de leche for rice pudding…next up, these brownies!

Carolyn May 8, 2012 - 6:40 am

I have two words for you. Heaven – Ly! ;)

Rhonda May 7, 2012 - 11:26 pm

Oh yes, a perfect marriage! I’m swooning over ducle de leche and brownies.

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. May 7, 2012 - 11:19 pm

Brownies are a major weakness for me! With the dulce de leche flavors, I think I would be in even bigger trouble!

Liz May 7, 2012 - 7:23 pm

You and I are kindred spirits!!! Want to trade bites? I’d love to try yours…they look marvelous, Erin!

[email protected] May 7, 2012 - 4:24 pm

Whoa mama! I can only imagine what these taste like!!

Emily @ Life on Food May 7, 2012 - 2:55 pm

These look super divine. I have dulce de Leche now and nothing is going to stop me from making these brownies.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 7, 2012 - 11:10 am

Happy late Birthday! These brownies are an incredible way to celebrate. Look at all that carmely goodness!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust May 6, 2012 - 9:38 pm

SO yummy! Love these.

Angela@ mind over batter May 6, 2012 - 8:00 pm

Oh, wow… These look amazing! I tried baking dulce de leche brownies once and they were a deliciously sticky disaster. I’m going to have to try these for sure!

BigFatBaker May 6, 2012 - 6:20 pm

You and liz were on the same wavelength this month! I need to try making my own dulce de leche…but I’m a little afraid I would start doing it all the time! Happy belated birthday too :) I’m glad you were able to join us for cinco de mayo!

Eliot May 6, 2012 - 7:09 am

I did the slow cooker method too, but I emptied my can into a glass jar. Just be sure to put the lid on really tight—I had a bit of seepage!

These brownies look delicious and make me want to make some more!

Teri @ The Freshman Cook May 5, 2012 - 10:34 pm

These look so darn good, I could eat the whole pan. What a great choice!!

Jennifer | Mother Thyme May 5, 2012 - 8:01 pm

Loving these brownies my friend! I’ve been a little behind lately, but I wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday! Hope you had a great day! :)

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers May 5, 2012 - 6:12 pm

Yum! Erin these brownies look amazing!!! I love how thick they are!

Averie @ Averie Cooks May 5, 2012 - 5:48 pm

They look fabulous! And I’ve wanted to make my own Dulce de Leche with the crockpot method but have been too scared I was going to explode the can or something crazy…8 hours is a long time and things can go wrong. Lol

Jennifer May 5, 2012 - 1:44 pm

I’ve never baked with dulce de leche before. This might be the recipe I try.

Jen @ Juanita's Cocina May 5, 2012 - 12:55 pm

These look AMAZING. So moist and irresistable! LOL!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray May 5, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Ohhh my gosh, dulce de leche is everything right in the world. I’m planning on using the sweetened condensed milk-slow cooker method next week! Never done it before but sounds like it’s pretty surefire. :)

Andrea {From the Bookshelf} May 5, 2012 - 11:32 am

These look great! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Tracey May 5, 2012 - 8:32 am

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Your brownies turned out awesome! Sounds like everything worked out well with the crockpot dulce de leche too – yay :)

Baker Street May 5, 2012 - 3:18 am

Oh Erin! Your brownies look so decadent.


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