After making our Instant Pot Dulce de Leche recipe, I had to come up with a decadent Dulce de Leche dessert! These Instant Pot Dulce de Leche Brownies are a rich and fudgy brownie recipe with gorgeous chocolate and caramel flavors.
Instant Pot Dulce de Leche Brownies Recipe
This recipe is for the true dulce de leche fans!
A rich, luscious and fudgey brownie that is super sweet and just melts in your mouth. If you want to cut the sweetness, sprinkle the brownies with a pinch of sea salt before serving.
I adapted my stovetop brownies recipe to include homemade dulce de leche and then be cooked in the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot works by essentially “steaming” the dessert, so it has a softer, fudgier texture than brownies cooked in the oven.
Note: the brownies in these pictures were cooked for 45 minutes. The texture is perfect if you like the softer texture of brownies after melting some ice cream on top of them, but if you’d prefer a sturdier brownie, cook for 50 minutes (as indicated in the recipe below).
Now, I added the dulce de leche sauce right into the brownie batter, but you can instead swirl it into the brownies after they have been added to the ramekin/baking dish. You can also layer it, so that you have a layer of brownie batter, a layer of dulce de leche, and then a top layer of brownie. Whatever you’d like!
Is dulce de leche the same as sweetened condensed milk? No, dulce de leche has a caramel flavor and thicker texture than sweetened condensed milk. However, dulce de leche can be made from cooking sweetened condensed milk (or milk and sugar). You cannot use plain sweetened condensed milk in the recipe – it must be caramel or dulce de leche.
Can I use caramel in place of dulce de leche in this recipe? Yes, if necessary, but the flavor will be different and the texture a little less fudgy. There are a few differences between dulce de leche and caramel, starting with how they are made. Dulce de leche is always made from milk – whether sweetened condensed milk or regular milk and sugar. Caramel is made with water and sugar, often butter or milk as well. The taste is distinctly different, too, with a more milk-based flavor and the texture is generally thicker.
Can this dulce de leche brownie recipe be made in the crockpot? Yes, you will need to cook on low for 8-10 hours using the same method.
Also, my friend Corinne just put out an Instant Pot ecookbook for just $4.99! I have tried a few of the recipes myself and they are delicious and family friendly. I highly recommend it for a reliable collection of Instant Pot recipes to help you fall in love with your IP (if you haven’t already).
Instant Pot Dulce de Leche Brownies Ingredients
- Chocolate of choice
- White sugar
- All-purpose flour
- Dark cocoa powder
- Baking powder
- Vanilla extract
- Dulce de leche
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: can’t find dulce de leche? Turn a can of sweetened condensed milk into dulce de leche using our Instant Pot method.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Instant Pot <– I’m so excited to upgrade to this one with air fryer capacities soon! (You can also just buy the lid which adds the air fryer capacity to your standard IP.)
- Measuring cups and spoons
- 6″ ramekin (or a ramekin or baking dish that fits in your Instant Pot)
How to Make Dulce de Leche Brownies in the Instant Pot
Place 1 cup of water in your Instant Pot and insert the IP trivet.
Grease and line a small baking dish or ramekin and then set aside.
In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate together. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Let cool slightly before whisking in the eggs and vanilla.
In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Stir the flour mixture into the saucepan, and then add the dulce de leche to taste.
Scoop the brownie batter into the ramekin and smooth down the surface.
Set the ramekin on top of the trivet in your IP, and then secure the lid.
Select manual for 50 minutes. Natural release.
Grab your free printable for our Instant Pot Brownies recipe with dulce de leche:
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 cup chocolate of choice
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dulce de leche
- Place 1 cup of water in your Instant Pot and insert the IP trivet.
- Grease and line a small baking dish or ramekin and then set aside.
- In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate together. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Let cool slightly before whisking in the eggs and vanilla.
- In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Stir the flour mixture into the saucepan, and then add the dulce de leche to taste.
- Scoop the brownie batter into the ramekin and smooth down the surface.
- Set the ramekin on top of the trivet in your IP, and then secure the lid.
- Select manual for 50 minutes. Natural release.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 843Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 216mgSodium: 769mgCarbohydrates: 111gFiber: 2gSugar: 87gProtein: 11g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
This instant pot brownie recipe is for the true dulce de leche fans! It would be perfect for a special anniversary dessert or Cinco de Mayo!