Thursday, August 19, 2010

Brownies Dressed Up Two Ways

On Monday night my step-daughter announced on facebook that she wanted to bake something.  We decided to bake some brownies and after another friend commented that they wanted some too we decided to bake two batches and "dress" them up a little bit.  I love to start with a mix to save time and then add my own twist to make it taste more homemade. 

Sweet n' Salty Brownies

This is taking the idea from a cookie bar that my best friend loves to make.  I had made that recipe in the last few weeks so had some extra ingredients on hand and decided to use them. 

Are there flavor combinations that you love? I have a few. One is chocolate and bananas and another is the mix of sweet and salty. This is a perfect combination of sweet and salty for me.

1 family size brownie mix - prepared according to instructions
1 cup of broken small pretzels
1 cup of honey roasted salted peanuts
1 cup of chocolate chips

Bake the brownies just 2-3 minutes under time indicated on the box.  While baking break up the pretzels and mix together the pretzels, peanuts and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.  Take brownies out and spread the topping mix evenly over the brownies.  Press very gently into brownies.  Top with additional 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.  Finish baking for 2-3 more minutes.  Let cool at least 30 minutes or more.

S'mores Brownies

Earlier this summer I was constantly craving s'mores so I have been keeping the ingredients in my pantry.  When I decided to "dress" up the brownies I decided s'mores sounds like a good choice. 

Again, it's quick and easy because you can start with a box of brownie mix or your favorite recipe.

1 family size box of brownie mix - prepared according to instructions
1/2 medium bag of miniature marshmallows
3-4 graham crackers crushed

Mix and bake the brownies according to package instructions.  Bake to the minimum time on package.  Pull out brownies and top with marshmallows.  Cover with foil and allow to sit for 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes spread with an knife or off-set spatula.  I highly recommend the off-set spatula.  Then top with crushed graham crackers. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.
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