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I created this on my own after a friend's ginger brownies. I'd also tasted cayene brownies. Both were interesting but not 'it' for me. So I openned my spice cabinet and began to play. I like strongly flavored foods but the original mix was a little bitter but the addition of the caramel adds the perfect sweetness to counteract that. Last year for Christmas I made up jars of the spice mix and gave them away with the recipe as presents. Getting baked goods at Christmas is nice; an easy way to have more later is even better. My family & friends love the brownies and love that they can make thier own any time now :)
Drizzle caramel lightly. Too much keeps the brownies from cooking.
You can find caramel sauce marketed as an ice cream topping in any grocery store, or for a thicker caramel (if you don't want to make your own from butter, cream, and sugar), melt caramel candies like Brachs in the microwave.
This recipe was provided by Megan Wilson from Gaithersburg.