XO Caramel Brownie Recipe: Dessert in an Instant

Ange Lim (@angeblim)

Ange Lim (@angeblim), Jerome Jocson (@emowredge)

Jica Simpas (@jicasimpas)

Everybody knows XO. Their most popular candy is, arguably, the coffee-flavored one. But in this XO caramel brownie recipe, we’re playing with the butter caramel variant. We use it to to level up a pack of instant brownie mix with an easy caramel swirl.

These XO caramel brownies are insanely simple. Honestly, if you can’t make this, we don’t know how to help you. It uses boxed brownie mix for the convenience; but if you’d like to make your own batter from scratch, go for it.

XO Caramel Brownie Recipe



Serving Size

4 people

Active Time

40 mins

Total Time

40 mins


  1. Unwrap candy and place in a food storage bag/Ziploc. Using a rolling pin or meat tenderizer, crush the caramel candy into smaller pieces.
  2. Add crushed candy and cream to a heatproof bowl.
  3. Fill a saucepan with water (about 2 inches), and set it on the stove. Place the candy bowl over the saucepan, making sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.
  4. Turn on the stove’s heat, and bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat so that the water simmers.
  5. Melt the caramel candy for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. You can add more cream 1/2 tbsp at a time, if the mixture is looking too thick. Once done, the caramel sauce should have the consistency of a thick drizzle.
  6. While waiting for the caramel candy to melt, spray a 9×13″ baking pan with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  7. Prepare brownie mix according to package instructions.
  8. Before placing the uncooked brownies in the oven, pour caramel sauce into the pan and swirl into the brownie mix.
  9. Bake brownies according to package instructions.
  10. Once the brownies are baked, let cool for 5-10 minutes. Slice brownies and enjoy!

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