Applepreciate Sweetly

If you have kids you know how important the educators are that touch their lives each day. Our kids are very lucky to go to schools with amazing teachers who truly care about their students! What better way to thank them for their endless support than with A+ Brownies! We”ll be scoring major brownies points for sure! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! 

A+ Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of dark chocolate brownies, plus ingredients on the back of the box
  • waffle pretzels
  • chocolate chips 
  • M&M Minis – Red and Green

Directions:

  1.  Bake brownies according to the directions on the back of the box.
  2. Allow brownies to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Plaxe 7-8 Pretzel on a microwave plate lined with parchment. Cover the pretzels with chocolate chips. Heat in a microwave oven for approximately 45-50 seconds. The exact timing will take a bit of trial and error. You want the candy melts to be melted enough to press the M&M into, but not so melted that the chips melt lose their shape. 
  4. Once the chocolate chips are softened, place six red Mini M&M’s on the melted chocolate.  Finally, add two green Mini M&M’s at the top of the apple to represent the apple stem/leaves.
  5. Put the apple pretzels on top of the brownies and press to make them stick.
  6. Give to you child’s outstanding teachers! 

Combining Some Sweets

When asked what would you choose if you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one thing to eat, we first clarified that this is a deserted island and not a “dessert” island. Nonetheless, our answer is ultimately the same. BROWNIES! We love us some brownies. And even more, we love experimenting with our brownies by adding in different ingredients to make them just a bit more rich and delicious. This Saturday we are trying a combination of Hershey’s Cookies and Cream candy bar bits and Symphony candy bar pieces. White chocolate, Oreos, milk chocolate, almonds, and toffee mixed into our most favorite treat of them all. Here’s to being stranded in our kitchen baking this scrumptious treat!

Combined Candy Bar Brownies 

Ingredients
2 boxes of your favorite brownie mix (plus ingredients on the back of the box)

1 large Hershey’s Cookies and Cream Bar 

1 large Symphony Bar

Directions

Make both brownie mix boxes according to directions on the back of the box. Pour half into a 9 x 13 greased pan. Sprinkle broken pieces of the Cookies and Cream Bar and the Symphony Bar on top of the brownie batter in the prepared pan. Pour the remain brownie batter over the top of the candy bars. Bake  brownies for 35-45 min according to how gooey you like them.

Sweet! Another Satis”frying” Treat

We’re at it again! Turning two of our favorite vices into one. This time it’s brownies’ turn. Brownie Fries are so gonna satis”fry” us this Saturday! Brownie Fries

Ingredients

  • 1 box of dark chocolate brownie mix plus ingredients on the back of the box
  • Sea salt

Directions

Make the brownies according to the directions on the back of the box in a 9×13 pan. Once baked sprinkle with sea salt. Cool. Then use a pizza cutter to slice brownies into small 3 inch rectangles. Enjoy!

Home Sweet Home!

We’re back from vacay and although our trips were glorious, it’s always nice to return to the comforts of home, sleep in your own bed, and bake brownies in your own kitchen. Nothing could be sweeter! So while we are unpacking and catching up on laundry, we’ll be whipping up a batch of our favorite brownies. Ah, home sweet home, literally!

 

Fooling Our Sweeties

So April Fools Day was yesterday, we know, but we just had to share a sweet little trick that includes a very yummy treat. Our favorite dessert of all time. BROWNIES!!! All you have to do is tell someone you love that you are bringing them a brownie, but instead you so sneakily give them the letter “E” cut out of brown construction paper or written in brown marker. Gotcha! Literally, a brown “E”. Now, we would never play such a mean joke without offering the real thing so we baked up a pan of our favorite candy bar brownies. And no foolin, we were instantly forgiven.   Brown “E”s

Ingredients

  • 1 box of brownie mix, plus ingredients on the back
  • Chocolate candies (we’re using leftover Easter candy)

Directions

  1. Mix and bake brownies according to instructions on the back of the box.
  2. Allow brownies to cool for 10 min. Then place chocolate candies on top.
  3. Allow brownies to cool completely. Use a letter “E” cookie cutter to cut the brownies into shape. 
  4. Fool your sweeties!

Sweet Luck

The calendar says today is March 19, but good fortune is shining on us because our St. Patrick’s Day party continues. The leprechaun in us was sugar craving for an Irish treat. Lucky for us we discovered Irish Cream Rolo Brownies. It’s better than finding gold at the end of a rainbow! 

  Irish Cream Rolo Brownies

Ingredients 

Brownies:

Brownie Mix, eggs, oil

1 package of Rolos, unwrapped

Irish Cream coffee creamer

Frosting:

1 tub of cream cheese frosting 

2 Tbsp Irish Cream coffee creamer

1 tsp instant coffee

Heath bits

Directions:

Prepare brownies according to package directions, substituting Irish Creamer for the water. Stir in Rolos. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 min in a 9×9 pan. Allow brownies to cool completely. 

Beat cream cheese frosting, 2 Tbsp Irish Creamer, and instant coffee in a small bowl until light and fluffy. Spread over cooled brownies. Top with Heath bits.

* recipe inspired by  Plain Chicken

Holiday Sweet Holiday

You know you’re blessed when your challenges this time of year include what to bake for a holiday bake sale or cookie exchange, what gift to give the person who has everything, and what dessert to bring to a Christmas party tonight? We have the answer to all of these questions! Brownie Crinkles are ridiculously easy, delicious, and won’t disappoint. Definitely Chris Kringle worthy! 

  

Brownie Crinkles

Ingredients:

Nonstick spray

1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips 

3 large egg whites, room temperature

 2 cups powdered sugar, divided (plus 1/2 cup for cookie coating)

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 large baking sheets with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in glass bowl in microwave, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Set aside and let cool slightly.

Using electric mixer, beat whites in large bowl to soft peaks. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar. Continue beating until mixture resembles soft marshmallow cream.

Whisk 1 cup sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Then, on a low speed, add these dry ingredients into the marshmallow cream mixture.

Next, add remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips to lukewarm chocolate mixture (dough will become very stiff).

Add chocolate mixture to cream mixture and blend well.

Place remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar in bowl. Roll 1 rounded tablespoon dough into ball; roll in sugar, coating thickly. Place on prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 2 inches apart.

Bake until puffed and tops crack, about 10 minutes. Cool on sheets on rack 10 minutes.

Transfer to rack, cool.

*recipe adapted from Picklee