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“?

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

Rich decadent brownies topped with a caramel dulce de leche and crunchy peanut frosting.

Servings: 12
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 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
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownies
Author: Jaclyn


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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