Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies


Thanks to jarred dulce de leche and a few other ingredients you probably have on hand, this salty-sweet treat comes together in a cinch. Don’t skip sprinkling flaked sea salt on top; it allows the sweetness of these brownies to really shine through.

Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies
Makes 8 to 10 servings
  • 1¼ cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup dulce de leche Garnish: flaked sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Spray a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with baking spray with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined after each addition.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, and salt. Gradually fold flour mixture into butter mixture just until combined. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  4. In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat dulce de leche just until warm and pourable, about 30 seconds. Gently pour dulce de leche onto batter in a back-and-forth pattern, avoiding edges of pan. Using the tip of a knife, gently swirl together dulce de leche and batter.
  5. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes. Garnish with salt, if desired. Let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Dulce de leche is a thick and creamy sauce similar to caramel. It’s a Latin American specialty and can be found in the international foods section of grocery stores.