Brownies with Dulce de Leche-Salted Peanut Frosting


I feel like I’m totally going back in time with this post. Not with the recipe but with the pictures. Technically I’m on vacation visiting family but seriously I just can’t ever stop cooking. I don’t like to take vacations from cooking and baking. I’m pretty sure I’m addicted. At least its a healthy-ish addiction right :)? Besides all my family ever says when I see them is, “I’ve missed your cooking”. Seriously, when is someone just going to say to me, “we’ve missed you“? Even my mom does it when she comes to stay. I’m really not offended by it, but it is funny and it’s also a great round about way of saying “so…whats for dinner tonight”? :)

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Anyway I took these pictures with my sisters camera since I didn’t bring mine along. I wasn’t planning on sharing these but they were too good not to. Really how could you go wrong with this kind of combination? Fudgy, chewy, chocolaty brownies topped with a carmely, rich, dulce de leche frosting that’s loaded with lightly salty peanuts that offer just the right amount of crunch and contrast – yes, it’s an irresistible combination. Enjoy!

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Brownies with Dulce de Leche-Salted Peanut Frosting


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter , melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/3 cup dulce de leche
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar , sifted
  • 1/2 cup chopped , lightly salted peanuts


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together granulated sugar and brown sugar, then whisk in flour, cocoa powder and salt. Add in melted butter and using a wooden spoon, stir until evenly moistened. Mix in eggs then egg yolk and vanilla. Pour mixture into a buttered 8 by 8-inch baking dish and spread into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven 28 - 32 minutes until toothpick comes out free of batter. Allow to cool completely.
  2. For the Dulce de Leche-Salted Peanut Frosting:
  3. In a small saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring butter, milk and light brown sugar to a boil, stirring frequently. Allow mixture to boil for 1 minute then remove from heat, stir in dulce de leche and vanilla. Add in powdered sugar and whisk until well blended. Stir in peanuts and pour mixture over cooled brownies and spread into an even layer. Transfer to refrigerator or allow frosting to set at room temperature then cut into squares and store in an airtight container.
  4. Recipe Source: brownie - Cooking Classy, frosting adapted slightly from


  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: That frosting is a straight up dream!! LOVE! August 21, 2013 at 11:33am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I made PB-swirled brownies last week but was traveling and photos are not nearly as pretty as yours! Your brownies make me want to DIVE IN! August 21, 2013 at 1:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie! Your photos are always pretty :). I almost wasn’t going to post these because I hated the photos but I loved the brownies so I just posted them anyway. It’s hard switching back from the 5d to a rebel with a tiny lens :). August 21, 2013 at 1:44pm Reply

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking: These are outrageous, Jaclyn! They look so mouthwatering! August 21, 2013 at 2:17pm Reply

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life: Brownies with caramel frosting and peanuts…I’m so there! Yum! I know what you mean…everyone always asks me what I’ve brought too. August 21, 2013 at 2:58pm Reply

  • Mimi @ Culinary Couture: You can work it with any camera! These pictures are beautiful! August 21, 2013 at 3:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Mimi :)! August 21, 2013 at 4:54pm Reply

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress): These pics still look pretty great! Doesn’t hurt that the brownies look so incredibly delicious and outrageous that they’d look good no matter what ;) August 21, 2013 at 3:23pm Reply

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.: I’m glad you shared these because they look scrumptious! August 21, 2013 at 8:34pm Reply

  • Rachel @ Bakerita: These look so deliciously decadent – how can you go wrong with chocolate, dulce de leche, and peanuts?! August 22, 2013 at 12:06am Reply

  • curlypurplpig: wow…this looks so good! August 22, 2013 at 1:14am Reply

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: Can’t go wrong with a sweet & salty combination frosting on top of rich, fudgy brownies! August 22, 2013 at 9:39am Reply

  • Erin | The Emerging Foodie: Oh my! These look incredible! Drooling at my computer over here. ;) August 22, 2013 at 6:46pm Reply

  • Brianne: Do you make your own dulce de leche, or do you buy it somewhere? August 23, 2013 at 6:26am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I have made my own several times before but for convenience most if the time I just buy it in the Hispanic section of the grocery store. I used store bought in this recipe but either is fine. August 28, 2013 at 12:05pm Reply

  • astrid: For how long are baked?

    Thanks August 28, 2013 at 11:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: 28 – 32 minutes is about where I’d say. September 1, 2013 at 12:37pm Reply

  • Gabriela: This is great! I will make it this weekend. I brought dulce de leche from my country so I was thinking what can i do with it, and this will be great to try. By the way, can they be kept outside the fridge or not?
    Great recipe! Ill tell you the outcome when I make them this weekend. September 3, 2013 at 3:48am Reply

    • Jaclyn: If it’s in a can or jar and hasn’t been opened yet then you should be able to store it on the shelf, then once it’s opened you should store it in the fridge. I hope you love these Gabriela! September 3, 2013 at 6:09am Reply

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