Friday, October 8, 2010

Halloween Brownies


I was in the mood for some fudgy boxed brownies for our afternoon snack.  I was originally going to just make plain brownies and sprinkle them with powdered sugar.  I prepared the brownie mix per the box instructions, poured the batter into an 8 x 8 inch baking pan, and put them in the oven to bake.  The rich chocolaty smell made it's way through our house and found me.  It brought back memories of the the brownie cupcakes our neighbor brought over for us that she had made for her daughter's birthday.  She is an awesome baker and I've never had cupcakes like those.  They were brownie cupcakes topped with some sort of marshmellowey rich goodness on top.  I'm not sure what was in the frosting, but I plan on getting the recipe soon!  It was too late for me to try and recreate her brownies, so I just added a marshmallow frosting to my pan brownies.  They were good, but I really need to get my neighbor's recipe to share with you.

Brownie Ingredients:

1 box Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge brownie mix
2 eggs
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare brownies per box instructions.  Spray whatever size baking pan you are using with non-stick cooking spray before pouring in batter.  Bake until toothpick comes out clean 1 inch from the edge.  Let cool completely.

While your brownies are cooling, you can make the marshmallow frosting.

Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 stick butter, softened (4 Tablespoons)
7 oz. marshmallow cream
1 tsp vanilla
16 oz. powdered sugar
1-2 T milk

In a medium sized bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together the butter, marshmallow cream, and vanilla until smooth and creamy.  Gradually add in the powdered sugar.  Add 1 T milk and beat until combined.  Add more milk as needed until you get a good consistency (thicker is best).

Spread frosting on cooled brownies.  Sprinkle with Halloween sprinkles and cut into small bars. 

If you use a 9 x 13 baking pan, the brownies will be thinner.  You would then be able to use Halloween cookie cutters and cut out shapes after they are frosted.  I will try this next time.

Enjoy!

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