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Better Than Anything Brownies Recipe

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 Camille and I had the opportunity to attend a luncheon for Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day benefiting The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  We are so excited to be involved with The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, as they have have personally impacted our lives.  Because of the wonderful staff at Primary Children’s Medical Center (one of the 170 children’s hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network), Camille’s little boy is alive and well today, which you can read about here.
We were able to hear personal stories of how The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals have helped individual families, and connect with other bloggers who support the cause.  
(I wish you could see Camille’s cute baby bump in the top picture!  She looks darling!)
The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed most.  When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids.  Since 1983, The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time.  These donations support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of their mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.  Find your Children’s Miracle Network Hospital at
To help raise money for The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Dairy Queen is hosting “Miracle Treat Day” TODAY!  Dairy Queen will donate $1 or more to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for every Blizzard treat sold today!  Be sure to stop by your local Dairy Queen to help raise money for a great cause!
When I think about Blizzards, I think of all the DELICIOUS flavors they come in.  I thought it was only appropriate to share one of my family’s favorite brownie recipes!

Better Than Anything Brownies Recipe:

1 package German chocolate cake mix
1 (5 3/4 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 (14 ounce) bag caramels
3/4 cup melted butter
1 bag milk chocolate chips
1 (8 ounce) bag Heath toffee bits

Mix together cake mix, melted butter and 1/3 cup evaporated milk.  Press 1/2 of mix into a 9 x 13-in. greased pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes.  Remove brownies from oven and sprinkle on half the bag of Heath toffee bits.  Melt together caramels and rest of the evaporated milk, pour over toffee bits.  Sprinkle on half the bag of chocolate chips.  Spread the remaining batter on top (this is easiest if you take pieces of the batter, flatten each individual piece in your hands and place on top).  Sprinkle remaining toffee bits and chocolate chips on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Refrigerate for 3 hours before serving.

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  1. says

    OH my…….I feel a little faint. I wonder if my boss will take the excuse that I need to leave work to go home and make these brownies???? Think he would buy it???

    • says

      These sound delicious. But I too was wondering on the directions…so do I leave some of the brownie batter out of the first bake time? Thanks for the recipe.

    • says

      Hi Amber,

      Sorry for the confusion! I have fixed it in the description, but yes, you will leave half of the brownie batter out of the first bake time. Thanks for your question!

  2. says

    These look so yummy but this part of the directions doesnt make sense…. “Place flattened pieces of remaining brownie batter over the top.” Can someone explain for me?

  3. says

    These look great and my husband loves brownies. I wonder if you can use caramel sauce in place of the candies and evaporated milk? Thats what I have on hand so I will give it a try. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. says

    Alright this might be a silly question but am I supposed to make the german cake batter first and then add the addition ingrediants, melted butter and evaporated milk, or is it just the dry cake mix?

    • Susette says

      I have made these for years, but I use english walnuts not Heath bits. They are awesome. The top half of the cake mix, I just drop it on in pieces. I don’t flatten them out. They turn out great. Easy to make & taste great! The hardest part is unwrapping all the caramels……

      • Lana says

        I Just Used The 11Oz Bag Of Caramels Bits From The Baking Aisle Near The Chocolate Chips….Super Easy…No Unwrapping And Melts Quicker.

    • Kristy says

      I have used this recipe with just chocolate chips and have never used Heath. They are always a hit. My husband, however, is looking forward to trying it with the Heath chips :)

    • Sue Rogers says

      I have made this recipe for years, but called it Turtle Cake. And I use pecans instead of the Heath bits. I have seen other Turtle Cake recipes that called for making the cake as directed on the box, but I like this because it is more of a brownie than cake.

  5. Nidhi says

    I am not sure why but mine didn’t come out that well. Neither in looks and nor in taste. The ingredients all sound good but maybe this time I will try with Chocolate cake, instead of german chocolate cake.

  6. Carrie says

    These r delicious!!! I couldn’t wait for them to cool (let alone anotherr 3 hours in the fridge) so I tried them while they were still warm. So good. Wondering if I should even put them in the fridge now!? Not sure it would make them taste any better. Decisions decisions. HELP!?

  7. CP says

    I have been making these for 30+ years! These brownies, by far, are the best dessert ever. I use walnuts instead of the toffee, but I imagine they would taste delicious!!!! I have a problem waiting for them to cool too, so I usually have a scoop right out of the oven and then let them cool.

  8. Lauren Thayer says

    Do you make the German cake mix according the package or just add the dry mix to the rest of the ingredients?

    • Cyd says

      Just add it in dry, do not make according to the package directions. Sorry that is a little confusing.

  9. Lori Stewart says

    I saw these in your cookbook and I just made these last night and they were a hit!! My new favorite brownie for sure!! Everyone I shared them with are drooling from all the yumminess!!

  10. Melody says

    I made these today and they caramel/evaporated milk part seems still very liquid after chilling. Are they supposed to hold together like a “real” brownie? I used Werthers soft caramels- 2 x 5.5oz bags and Carnation evaporated milk. Maybe because I used less caramel than called for? (Didn’t pay attention when purchasing supplies.) If they are supposed to be super-gooey and not really bars, I guess I did okay. Was hoping to cut them and send them to hubby’s work tomorrow, but may have to just send the dish if they don’t solidify more by morning.

    • Cyd says

      The caramel/evaporated milk mixture should not be way runny when the recipe is finished. We used Kraft caramels. Not sure how they compare to Werthers. You may need to have more caramel. You are a few ounces short. Ours held together like a brownie.

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