Salted Dulce De Leche Brownies

These Salted Dulce De Leche Brownies are cocoa-based brownies swirled with sweet dulce de leche and sprinkled with sea salt for the perfect dessert! You’ll love this quick, unique brownie recipe that’s made in one bowl.

These Salted Dulce De Leche Brownies are cocoa-based brownies swirled with sweet dulce de leche and sprinkled with sea salt for the perfect dessert! You'll love this quick, unique brownie recipe that's made in one bowl.
Right next to peanut butter in the list of my favorite things to pair with chocolate, is caramel. More specifically: dulce de leche.

I grew up on the stuff. My Hispanic mom has a crazy obsession with it, to the point where she doesn’t even like when I bake with it because she thinks I’m wasting it. In her opinion, it’s best enjoyed off a spoon in large quantities.

While I don’t oppose to that method of consuming the deliciously sweet, creamy caramel, I still love it in other forms as well. Especially brownies, like these.


These brownies are SO easy. I do love my Baked Brownie still, but this is my new favorite when it comes to brownies made with purely cocoa powder. It’s just easier, and sometimes you want brownies that only take one bowl (#lazygirlproblems).

These Salted Dulce De Leche Brownies are cocoa-based brownies swirled with sweet dulce de leche and sprinkled with sea salt for the perfect dessert! You'll love this quick, unique brownie recipe that's made in one bowl.Yup – no melting together butter and chocolate in this recipe. It’s a quick zip in the microwave, stirring in a few ingredients, pouring into the pan, and in no time you have warm, gooey, dulce de leche filled brownies.

Cocoa powder brownies have a pretty bad rap, and that’s because they’re usually dry and cakey. Gross. All the things a brownie should never be. 

However, these are some of the fudgiest brownies I’ve ever had, regardless of melted chocolate or cocoa powder. They’re so chocolatey, deep, dark, and fudgy. The caramel adds wonderful layer of sweetness, and the dusting of chunky sea salt is the perfect complement to cut the sweetness and the richness.

These Salted Dulce De Leche Brownies are cocoa-based brownies swirled with sweet dulce de leche and sprinkled with sea salt for the perfect dessert! You'll love this quick, unique brownie recipe that's made in one bowl.These are totally going on my go-to impressive, yet so easy recipes. No one will ever know they only took a few minutes to whip together. They’re  that good, and that impressive. Did I mention they only require one bowl?!

And remember…adding a little extra dulce de leche on top is always encouraged.

Salted Dulce De Leche Brownies
  • 10 tablespoons (1¼ sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar (8.75 oz, or 250g)
  • ¾ cups plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (2.5oz, or 70g)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour (weighing nearly 2.5 ounces or 65 grams)
  • ½ cup dulce de leche
  • Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
  1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat oven to 325F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang on the sides, spray with cooking spray; set pan aside.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, sugar, cocoa, salt, and heat on high power to melt, about 45 seconds. Stop to stir, and heat in 10-second bursts until mixture has melted and can be stirred smooth (mine took 45 seconds + 15 seconds). Batter will be very granular.
  3. Add the vanilla, eggs, and stir vigorously until batter is thick, shiny, and well blended. Add the flour and stir until you cannot see it any longer, then beat vigorously for 40 strokes with a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  4. Dollop half of the dulce de leche in 1 teaspoon sized balls all over the batter. Spread the remaining batter carefully over the dulce de leche. Repeat with the remaining dulce de leche on top of the brownie batter. With a knife, carefully swirl the dulce de leche slightly into the batter. Don't swirl too much - you still want to have dulce de leche pockets. Sprinkle the top with coarse sea salt, I used about 1 teaspoon.
  5. Bake until a toothpick in the center emerges slightly moist with batter, about 22-25 minutes. Check with a toothpick - your batch may need a few minutes longer. Do not bake over 30 minutes or brownies will be prone to scorching, burning, turning dry, or setting up too hard. Brownies will firm up as they cool.
  6. Cool brownies completely before cutting into 16 equal squares with a very sharp knife.
  7. Brownies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks


  1. These look delicious! A good brownie is one of the best things ever.

  2. Girl so glad you like this recipe! ME TOO! :) Thanks for the linky love.

    And so I bought the Baked cookbook b/c I had been hearing so many things about their brownies (and other stuff) and after reading their recipe and seeing the pic of it in their book, and cross-referencing it with these brownies of mine…I stuck with these.

    Good to know you prefer these as well! Your pics are making me hungry!

  3. Girl, these look mega! Yum!

  4. Brownies are my favourite baked good. THERE I SAID IT.

  5. these look amazing, Rachel! So chocolatey and fudgy! i love that they require only one bowl… these are definitely going on my ‘to-make’ list!

  6. Gorgeous! Tempting brownies!

  7. Goodness, these look delicious. You description and the pics literally had my mouth watering (the photos could not be more perfect). I have a solution for you and your mom – just buy two cans of dulce de leche each time. One for eating with a spoon, the other for baking! ;)

  8. Uuuuumm, YUM. I’m not usually into salted sweets, but I’m pretty sure these could be an exception. In fact, I wish I was eating them for breakfast at this very moment. Can’t wait to try them!

  9. Oh YUM. I have made cocoa powder brownies a lot, and I’ve never found them dry or powdery – these look awesome! Salted dulce de leche is always a win. :)

    • Mine usually don’t turn out that way either, though many complain about it (I think they dry out more quickly), but I’ve never found them to be AS fudgy as ones made with chocolate…until now! :)

  10. They look heavenly!! Gosh I wish I had one right now

  11. Ooooohmygoodness, these look so fudgy and delicious! Love the addition of dulce de leche in them. YUM :)

  12. Oh gosh, these sound amazingly decadent! And only one bowl? Sign me up!

  13. OK, I am seriously OBSESSED with dulce de leche. I have, like, 4 half-used jars of it sitting in my fridge right now, no joke. So this is happening!!!

  14. You had me at dulce de leche!

  15. These pictures look absolutely flawless! happy to have come across your blog x

  16. O…m…g! These brownies are too die for!!! Dulce de leche for the win!

  17. What the What what!!!! I love these.

  18. All that cocoa! No wonder they taste amazing. I wish dulce de leche was more of a common ingredient here, I adore caramel, toffee flavours!

  19. Rachel, these look fantastic! I love dulce de leche and it looks to-die-for in brownies.

  20. Your brownies look and sound divine, I don’t think there’s much that beats salted dulce de leche! I really love that you’ve managed to make them so fudgy using cocoa powder too!

  21. Omg. I want these SO badly right now!

  22. These look soo good! They look so fudgy and rich. PLUS dulce de leche! I bet they’re wonderful. :)

  23. They look like really fudgy brownies, (like you said), which are my favorite kind of brownies!

  24. These are what dreams are made of! I simply must have them :).

  25. monique says:

    ummm… these are the best brownies ever. and that is not an exaggeration. big love from london!

  26. Made these today and they were fantastic, very fudgy. It was my first time making dulce de leche and I’d heard much about it. I might use my own caramel in the future =/ Just waaaay too sweet. But in the brownie, it’s amazing. Looking forward to making it again.

    • Hi Ashley! So glad that you liked them. Dulce de leche is very sweet and rich, so it’s best to use sparingly! These would definitely be good with a thick caramel sauce as well. Thanks for trying out the brownies!

  27. I love dulce de leche and brownies so this looks like the best combination ever! I love all your square bakes – you’re so innovative!

  28. Ariana says:

    Hi! Would love to try this ASAP. Just wanna ask whether you make your dulce de leche from scratch. And if you do, how? Hehe. Thanks. (:

    • Hi Ariana, so glad you’re going to try the recipe! I buy my dulce de leche, but the most common method for making your own is using a can of sweetened condensed milk and letting it cook under water, usually in the slow cooker. You can find tons of recipes on Google!

  29. hey, so these look amazing. Instead of dulce de leche…can i use peanut butter instead? dulce is just too sweet for me.

  30. Jim Harbaugh says:

    We made these for an xmas party and they were terrific. Very moist.

  31. I first tried these brownies at a friend’s place and refused to believe they were home made! So so heavenly and fudgy. This brownie is absolute perfection- super gooey, tasty and the kind that tastes delicious while warm and oh-my-god-heavenly the next day.
    I’ve been making these brownies ever since and not only are they simple to make, but are also an instant hit! Thanks a ton Rachel!

    • Hi Akanksha, this comment makes me SO happy!! :) I’m so glad you love the brownies so much – this one is definitely a favorite of mine as well. Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know your thoughts!


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