1Heat oven to 350°. Grease bottom and sides of square pan, 8x8x2 or 9x9x2 inches, with shortening. Mix sugar, shortening, vanilla and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Spread in pan. Sprinkle with pecans.
2Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
3Heat caramels and milk in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently, until caramels are melted. Drizzle over warm brownies. Cool completely, about 1 hour. For brownies, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.