Decadent brownies with a rich swirl of dulce de leche caramel and a generous sprinkle of sea salt. An irresistible sweet and salty dessert!

Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies

If you had to choose your absolute favorite dessert, what would it be?! That’s the hardest question ever for me! If I choose cake, I’d be cheating on cookies. If I choose cookies, I’d be cheating on brownies. And so on and so on! I love dessert!

Brownies are definitely up there most of the time. It’s sure hard to beat a warm brownie with a cold glass of milk or a scoop of ice cream melting over it. Oh My Love!

I’m always craving brownies and always looking for fun ways to doctor them up. Not that they need doctoring up, because a pure chocolate brownie is always a winner, but it’s just fun to mix it up every once in a while and adds to the yum.

Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies

With Cinco de Mayo next week, I had dulce de leche on my mind and thought why not swirl it into my favorite brownies before baking them and then generously sprinkling them with a little sea salt?! It was a no brainer and these brownies are pure bliss.

Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies

The brownies are super fudgy and the dulce de leche is super sweet, but the sea salt balances it all out into the most delicious sweet and salty dessert that you won’t be able to put your fork down until it’s all gone. And then you’ll be tempted for more!

Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies

The perfect Cinco de Mayo dessert or just a special weekend treat. If you’re pleasing a crowd, I’d suggest baking a double batch because they’ll go fast!

Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies



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Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies

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  • Author: Maegan - The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 18
  • Category: Dessert


Decadent brownies with a rich swirl of dulce de leche caramel and a generous sprinkle of sea salt. An irresistible sweet and salty dessert!


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup dulce de leche caramel
  • coarse sea salt, for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Place the butter and chocolate chips in a large microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until the chocolate chips are melted and smooth. Whisk in the sugar and cocoa powder. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until well combined. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour, salt and baking powder and stir until well incorporated.
  3. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking dish. Dollop the dulce de leche evenly over the batter and gently swirl into the batter with a table knife or chopstick so thick swirl are throughout all the batter. Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Immediately sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

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  1. Hi, the sea salt on top melted after brownies was left in room temperature overnight. Is there a way to prevent this melting because it effect the outlook if I place it on my cafe counter.

    1. Hi! You could wait and sprinkle the sea salt on right before you serve each brownie if you wish. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

    1. Hi Deb! For this recipe, I’ve used Stonewall Kitchen and Nestle dulce de leche. Both are great!

  2. Yay! Excited for the post. We appreciated meals so much after our twins, so I love the idea of paying it forward. Thanks!

  3. I know it’s not related to this post, but what are your go-to meals to bring to new mamas?

    1. Hi Ginny! Love this question as I’m always taking meals and looking for yummy meal ideas for new mamas. I’m actually going to do a post soon with lots of ideas and recipes. But for now, my go-tos are baked tacos with rice, beans, guacamole, salsa, chips etc. AND chicken pesto pasta salad or hummus pasta salad (both recipes on my blog) with pita, hummus, fruit salad, carrots, etc. I always include a dessert like brownies or cookies and some muffins or homemade granola bars for breakfast the next day. Hope this helps! Be looking for a post soon with lots more ideas! 🙂

  4. The sweet and salty combination is my favourite kind! These brownies look divine and I can imagine tasted just as decadent as their appearance.