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heath brownie dessert pizza

Have you noticed I have been on a dessert pizza kick?  It’s really quite a fun way to enjoy a treat after dinner.  Or before dinner.  Or all day long.

Brownie Pizza with buttercream, ganache and heath candy bars!  Amazing!

 

This dessert pizza was inspired by my Heath Cake.  That cake is da bomb.  (As is using hip terminology from the 90′s.  It just makes me cooler.  Right?)

How to Make a Heath Brownie Dessert Pizza!

 

And it really was pretty easy!  I made the brownie, cooled it, then covered it in a little more than a cup of buttercream.  Then whipped up some chocolate ganache (recipe below), and then covered in heath bits.

But just the bits weren’t enough, so I loaded up my five kids and went to the store to buy a huge bag of mini Heath bars.  I have been to the grocery store four times in four days.  With my five kids.  There were a couple moments there when I wanted to “accidentally” walk into the liquor store instead of the grocery store.

But I didn’t.  It’s much more fun to be sober for all this fabulousness.

Just kidding, I am dominating a bottle of wine later tonight.  It’s Friday!

Heath Brownie Dessert Pizza!

 

Back to the pizza.

It’s good.

It’s sweet.  Brownies with frosting and frosting and then candy bars?  Yes, I think sweet is an appropriate description.  Also, ridiculous, insane and cavity inducing.

Heath Brownie Dessert Pizza!

I used my Homemade Brownie Mix recipe for the brownies.  It makes a smaller batch, so is perfect for this recipe as it just perfectly covers a 12-inch round pizza pan.  Bake the brownies for about 18-22 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick is removed clean.

I recommend a 1/2 batch (or even a 1/4 batch!) of this  Basic Buttercream.  I used about 1 1/2 cups on the pizza, and you can use more or less depending on your preference.  I had quite a bit of crumbs in my frosting due to the amazing flaky layer of deliciousness on the brownie.  If you want no crumbs in your buttercream, you can chill the brownie prior to frosting.

The ganache recipe was a little different from my normal, so I will be focusing on that recipe in the post.  I pour the ganache on then spread it evenly over the buttercream with a small offset spatula.

pourable chocolate ganache

Ingredients

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 5-6 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Pour chips into a microwave safe bowl and add 2 tablespoons heavy cream.
  2. Heat for 30 seconds then remove and stir. Chips should be half melted.
  3. Add in 1 tablespoon heavy cream.
  4. Return to microwave for up to 30 seconds.
  5. Remove and stir until chips are all melted.
  6. This is where you will want to gauge how runny you want the chocolate to be; I added in 2 more tablespoons of heavy cream, one at a time, and stirred after each. I would consider this a "spreadable" consistency, as in it was easily spread over the dessert pizza.
  7. To make it much more pourable, add in 1-2 more tablespoons of heavy cream and stir until incorporated.
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The Heath chips were purchased as were the candy bars.  I did chop the mini Heath bars in half and then sprinkled on top of the pizza.

Heath Brownie Dessert Pizza!

 

So there you have it, a super indulgent and sugary way to enjoy dessert!  Which is basically what my blog is.

I see a new tag line in my future!

Check out my other Dessert Pizza’s!

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Butterscotch Dessert Pizza!peanut butter marshmallow dessert pizza

Rustic Blueberry Dessert Pizza!

rustic blueberry dessert pizza

Personal size rainbow fruit pizza!

mini rainbow fruit pizza’s

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Brownie Frosting

I have a confession.  I have never liked frosting on brownies.  It was a rash decision that I made when I was a teenager and for some reason it stuck.  Kind of like deciding that you dislike peas so never ever ever trying them ever again.

The Perfect Chocolate Frosting for Brownies

Well.  I was a foolish, foolish, foolish girl.

I made some From-Scratch Brownie Mix this week.  As I was scouring the internet for simple yet delicious recipes, I stumbled upon this frosting recipe.

It was new to me in that it had honey.

Why honey?

I don’t know.  But I love it.

The Perfect Chocolate Frosting for Brownies

 

Let me tell you why this is the perfect frosting specifically for brownies.

1.  It’s soft, but ‘crusts’ ever so slightly.  The texture and consistency is natural and pure.

2. It is complimentary.  It adds to the overall flavor combination, not making one or the other the star of the show.

3. It is made to be applied to warm brownies, meaning that it locks in the moisture of the brownie itself and creates this seamless transition of velvety smoothness to chewy gooey brownie.

Brownie Frosting

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons whole milk (or heavy cream)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment (may also use hand mixer), combine room temperature butter, cocoa, honey, vanilla and sugar.
  2. Turn mixer on low and let it combine ingredients for about 30 seconds.
  3. Slowly add in milk, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach desired consistency. You may not need all 3 tablespoons, you may need 1 more.
  4. Spread over warm brownies.
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Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com.

The Perfect Chocolate Frosting for Brownies

 

I think it’s safe to say that I am officially converted into a fan of frosting on brownies.

But I am curious to know, what do you prefer?  Frosting or no frosting?

Be sure to check out my new book, Surprise Inside Cakes!

 

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Homemade Brownie Mix

I am a sucker for a good box mix brownie.  I know, I know, it’s like against Foodie Law to say such a thing, but I can’t help it.  I like a consistently good brownie.  I like it to have a flakey crust.  I like it chewy inside.  I like to taste the chocolate.

From-Scratch Brownie Mix!

 

But I also like convenience.  And ease.  And being able to dump stuff in a bowl and make magic.  (I know, I know, it’s bad and wrong, but it was how I was raised.  Isn’t there something to be said for the comfort of a tradition?)

So this is my attempt to capture the ease of a box mix, but without the other icky stuff.

Here is why I like this recipe:
It tastes good and easily lends itself to adaptations. (Add chocolate chips, double the recipe, add frosting, etc.)

It’s not huge.  Most people don’t have five kids like me and prefer “normal” size pan of brownies.  (This recipe yields nine brownies.)

There are only three “wet” ingredients.

Homemade Brownie Mix!  This will replace your box mix!

 

Butter, eggs, and vanilla.

And the recipe can be made on one bowl too.

How awesome is that?

Homemade Brownie Mix

Ingredients

    Dry Ingredients
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Wet Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter melted, then cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Sift together all dry ingredients. Place into a jar or airtight container.
  2. On a gift tag or label write the wet ingredients and quantities and then directions. "Melt butter and set aside to cool slightly. In a medium bowl, beat two eggs with the vanilla. Add in and gently stir dry ingredients. Pour the melted butter into brownie mixture and mix until just incorporated. Spread batter in a prepared 8-inch square pan and bake for 20-22 minutes at 350 degrees."
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Recipe just barely adapted from allrecipes.com.

For a fun option you can add in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips or tie a good quality dark chocolate candy bar to the jar.  It can be chopped and added to the batter.

 

Homemade Brownie Mix!

I think these brownies are really good, but I especially loved them when paired with a sweetly tart fruit like raspberries.

And stacked in a pile of three and covered in chocolate sauce.

That’s just how I roll folks.  That’s just how I roll.

Here is the perfect chocolate frosting made just for these brownies!

The Perfect Chocolate Frosting for Brownies

Check out these other great homemade treats:

Homemade Cake Mix!

 Yellow Cake Mix From Scratch

Homemade White Cake Mix

White Cake Mix From Scratch

And don’t forget to check out my new book, Surprise-Inside Cakes!

 

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Blueberry Brownies

I was on a mission to create the most decadent and fudgey and chocolately and blueberrily brownie ever.

Decadent Blueberry Brownies! #fudgey #chocolate #brownie

 

The center had to have a rich fudge-like texture but the top had to have a delicate and crisp flakey crust.  That in itself is the definition of a perfect brownie (in my humble opinion), but I had to take it one step further.  With all the richness of the multiple levels of chocolate, I wanted to add in a slightly natural raw bitterness most perfectly accomplished with a plump, juicy blueberry.

I heart blueberries.

With all my heart.

And I hope you heart them too.

Decadent Blueberry Brownies! #fudgey #chocolate #brownie

I love them so much I am not even offering up alternatives to blueberry in this recipe.  Please only use blueberries.  Also, I am going for a record on how many times I can say blueberries in one blog post.

This recipe is an adaptation of my Original Blueberry Brownie recipe.  That recipe has a bit more of a cake-like texture and I felt like going for more of a fudge-like consistency, which is why I omitted the baking powder.  If you prefer a cake-like texture, be sure to use that original recipe.

Blueberry Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 stick butter (I use unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 350 and prepare your pan. ( I baked mine at 325 in a convection oven for 31 minutes.)
  2. In a saucepan, add butter and blueberries and simmer over low heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat and add in mini chocolate chips. Stir until melted.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Add a spoonful of the blueberry mixture to the egg mixture to temper it. (you dont want your egg to scramble)
  4. Now add your tempered egg mixture to the saucepan of blueberries and mix well.
  5. Add in cocoa, flour and salt and mix until just combined.
  6. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with minimal crumb. It is essential that you want to center to be gooey if you want a fudge like consistency, so try to not over bake.
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If you do want to add baking powder, I would add about 3/4 tsp.

Decadent Blueberry Brownies! #fudgey #chocolate #brownie

 

These brownies are AH-mazing.  The texture is everything I dreamed it would be and the flavor is outstanding.  When those blueberries pop and burst within the rich chocolate brownie bite, it’s nothing short of perfection.

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Decadent Homemade Brownies

If you have purchased my new cookbook, ‘surprise-inside cakes‘, you may have noticed something.  There really aren’t that many recipes.

Which is weird for a cookbook.  The few recipes it does have are recipes that I truly adore, and today, I am sharing one!

In the book there is a cake called the Neapolitan Hi-Hat cake.

Neapolitan Hi-Hat Cake!

 

You are all pretty familiar with my Neapolitan obsession, so it was a natural progression for me to have it in the book.

And while I love the beauty of neapolitan, the dark brown chocolate, the like pink, the crisp white… what I want to talk about today is the flavors, or the recipe.

When you have mile-high sweet and sugary whipped cream and strawberry cake amazingness, you really need a dark and high quality chocolate to pair it with.  That is how my Decadent Brownie recipe was born.

Decadent Homemade Brownies

 

This is the deconstructed hi-hat, with no hat. ;)

I made up the recipe from my book, topped with a bit of whipped cream, and added a couple strawberries for texture and flavor.

Decadent Homemade Brownies

 

While I love a good fudgey brownie, this cakey brownie with a crispy crust and bits of semi-sweet chocolate is my newest obsession.

Ob. Sesh. On.

Decadent Homemade Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulate sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate (about 2 ounces) finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and prepare an 8-inch round cake pan.
  2. In stand mixer, combine sugars, butter and vanilla and mix on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time until well blended.
  3. Sift flours, cocoa and salt in medium bowl. Gradually add the flour mixture to butter mixture with mixer on low speed and blend until ingredients are fully combined. (no more than 1 minute)
  4. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in finely chopped chocolate by hand using a spatula.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Let brownies cool to room temperature in pan.
  7. Cover in whipped cream and strawberries.
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Decadent Homemade Brownies

 

Sorry for my bad spelling above.  I promise I won’t start saying what-evs and obvi and talking about cake swag.  But if I do, just chalk it up to YOLO.

;)

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brownie carmelita’s in a skillet

You may have noticed my latest obsession… baking in a skillet.  Its just so darn handy and fabulous, I feel silly that I waited so long to join in the trend!

Brownie Carmelitas

 

I have also been obsessing over anything with chocolate or caramel.  As witnessed by my last skillet, the Brownie Oreo Skillet and my Birthday Cake which put an entire Brownie Skillet in the food processor and used it as the bottom layer of the cake.

If you happen to be a mental health expert, lets just agree to pretend that never happened.

Brownie Carmelita's

Back to these sweet little diddies.

I adapted a Carmelita’s recipe from  Lulu the Baker and tried to make it into a Brownie Carmelita.

Then I forgot to add in the chocolate layer with the caramel layer so I added a couple chips to the top.  THAT IS NOT ENOUGH CHOCOLATE.  DON’T BE LIKE ME.  ADD THE CHOCOLATE IN THE MIDDLE.

I will stop yelling now.

Brownie Carmelita's

 

skillet brownie carmelita’s

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, melted, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed and divided
  • 2 cups flour, divided
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups rolled oats, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups caramel sauce
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl add 3/4 cup melted butter, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, cocoa, 1 cup flour and 1 cup rolled oats.
  2. Mix until just combined and then press into the bottom of a prepared 12inch cast iron skillet.
  3. Place skillet into 375 degree oven for 10 minutes. (Convection oven 350)
  4. While that is baking (and using the same bowl) put remaining melted butter, remaining brown sugar, remaining flour, remaining oats and remaining baking soda in bowl and stir until combined.
  5. When time is up, remove skillet from oven. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the hot cookie.
  6. Pour caramel sauce over chocolate chips. (Can reduce amount to 3/4 cup if you prefer; I like a lot of caramel)
  7. Press cookie mixture over the top of the caramel sauce. Be careful as the skillet is still very hot.
  8. If any of the caramel is showing it may burn and turn dark brown, so I try to cover up as much as possible. Usually this means grabbing small hand full's of the cookie mixture and pressing it a bit, then laying it on top of the caramel carefully. Repeat until completely covered.
  9. Bake for 12-16 minutes more. The edges should be darker, but not burnt. Allow the carmelita to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
  10. Can be stored at room temperature in an air tight container.
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Brownie Carmelita's

 

As I mentioned above, make sure you dont forget the chocolate chips in the middle layer like I did.  Also, try not to sneak a bite directly out of the oven as you may be burned on the hot caramel. (Thank you Lulu for that tip!)

The bottom layer isn’t exactly a brownie, but its closer to a brownie than a cookie, so hence the name.

My entire family really enjoyed these and I plan on making them again and again and again.  And again.

And again.

 

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Texas Brownie Cake

Kinda.  This is definitely a sheet cake, but I decided to “brownify” it today for a special reason.

A group of bloggers has gotten together to celebrate the upcoming birth of Amber from Bluebonnets & Brownies baby boy!

Texas Sheet Cake

Chocolate sheet cake covered in rich vanilla buttercream.  I probably could have used 1/2 the amount of frosting I did, but you know me.  I love frosting piled high!

But this is about Amber and her first born baby boy. Must focus!

Texas Sheet Cake for a Baby Shower

Amber’s blog features a lot of Tex Mex, as she grew up in Texas.  Where things are BIG.  These crownies  (cake+brownie=weird made up words) are BIG.  That corner piece is almost 5 inches across!

Since Amber is having a little boy, so I added “oh baby” in blue frosting.  Then since Ambers blog has brownie in the title, I decided to serve the sheet cake like brownies.

Texas Sheet Cake for Baby Shower

The frosting I used is a basic buttercream.  Next time I make these I will try them with cream cheese frosting because for some reason I associate sheet cakes with cream cheese frosting.  I blame my mother-in-law who is the queen of bars and often treats us to zucchini bars and pumpkin bars covered in cream cheesy deliciousness.

Texas Sheet Cake for Baby Shower

Texas "Brownie" Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan combine butter, water and cocoa. Stir and heat to boiling. Once it boils remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Pour butter mixture over flour mixture and gently stir. Add buttermilk and whisk together. (Make sure the mixture has cooled to a luke-warm temperature) Add in eggs and vanilla and whisk until just combined.
  3. Pour into a prepared sheet pan. I used a 17 1/2 x 11 cookie sheet.
  4. Bake at 400 (375 for convection oven) for 15-18 minutes.
  5. Once cooled cover in frosting of your choice.
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Texas Sheet Cake for Amber of Bluebonnetsandbrownies.com

So excited for Amber and her first baby.  She is going to be such a wonderful mom!!  Be sure to stop by and visit Amber as well as all of the blogs celebrating Ambers Baby Shower today!

Sugarcrafter | Breakfast Tostadas

My Kitchen Addiction | Baby Texan Cookies

My Baking Addiction | Texas Sheet Cake

Simple Bites | Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Charred Corn Salsa

Stetted | Queso Mac

Food for My Family | Texas Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Dessert For Two | Frito Chocolate Chip Cookies

Confessions of a Cookbook Queen | Coconut Tres Leches Layer Cake

TidyMom | Pizza Bread Sticks

Miss in the Kitchen | Blackberry Milkshakes

Art of Gluten Free Baking | Peach-Pecan Pie, Gluten-Free

Bon Appetit Hon | Cheddar Ranch Crackers

Food Babbles | Southern Pecan Pie

Jelly Toast | Peach Iced Tea

Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle | Decorated Elephant Cookies

The Kitchen Trials | Coca-Cola Cake

Cookies & Cups | Sticky Toffee Pudding Cookies

A Farmgirl’s Dabbles | Peanut Butter Bonbons the Size of Texas

Steph Chows | Fiesta Dip

Amber's Baby Shower

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Zucchini Desserts: Three Ways!

My husband is a fabulous gardener.  Every year we get get to enjoy the fruits of his labor, and this year is no exception.  We have an abundance of zucchini, and have been eating every day since the picking began!

I would love to share with you three sweet zucchini recipes that we enjoy.

First up, White Zucchini Cake!

Recipe adapted from An Oregon Cottage.

White Zucchini Cake

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup room temperature butter
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp good quality vanilla
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used skim)
  • 1 cup drained (mostly dry) finely shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 8in baking pans.
  2. In mixer with whisk attachment, combine butter, oil, sugar, vanilla and egg whites. Beat on med for 30 seconds, then on high for 2-4 minutes. You are looking for a light and fluffy sugar mixture.
  3. In separate bowl, sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Alternating as you go, add the flour mixture and milk to sugar mixture. Mix on low to med. until just combined. Remove bowl from mixer and add zest and zucchini. Fold in by hand.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake 25-30 minutes.
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Tips for success:

If you want an even more light and airy cake, you can beat your egg whites to a stiff and frothy consistency, then add them in at the end with the zucchini.

My thoughts on this cake were mixed.  The first bite… or that first moment when the cake meets your tastebuds… was not overwhelming.  But as soon as I finished chewing, I wanted another bite.  And then another.  This cake tastes not only sweet, but almost fresh.  Its addicting!

Its definitely a great way to change things up if you often pair zucchini with all things chocolate.  As I did in adding the chocolate frosting!  I thought it might overpower the delicate cake, but that didnt end up being the case at all.

*****

Next up to the part is Zucchini Snickers Cookies. Recipe adapted from Tasty Kitchen.

Zucchini Snickers Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup room temp butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup drained zucchini finely shredded
  • 2-4 chilled Snickers bars
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In mixer add egg, butter, brown sugar, honey, and vanilla and mix on med. until well combined. In separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Roughly chop Snickers bars until in small pieces.
  4. Your zucchini should be one cup after it is drained. (mostly dry) I find that finely shredding up two cups typically yields one cup of drained zucchini.
  5. With mixer on low, add flour mixture to sugar mixture and mix until just combined. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in Snickers and zucchini by hand.
  6. I used a 1/4 cup measuring spoon for the cookies and placed them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for about 12 minutes.
  8. If you want to drizzle the cookies with chocolate, simply melt chips in a plastic pastry bag in thirty second intervals. After chocolate is melted, cut off tip to the bag and drizzle over cookies.
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Tips for success:

This is a big cake like cookie. Its thick and light and subtle. (unless you add four Snickers bars and drizzle with chocoalte, then its just crazy sweet)

In my original recipe I only added two Snickers bars, but I thought they needed more.  So I then decided to add up to four.  However, its very difficult to identify these cookies as zucchini based at that point, as they just taste awesomely sweet.  If you are a purist and want a clean flavor, stick with two chopped up bars.

Working with very chilled Snickers bars is best.

*****

And finally, we have Zucchini Brownies.

I think.

I adapted the recipe from allrecipes.com and they definitely call these brownies.

Zucchini Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups finely shredded and drained zucchini

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a 9x13 pan.
  2. In mixer, combine oil, sugar, and vanilla until fully incorporated. (usually about 2 min on med speed)
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. With mixer on low, add flour mixture to sugar mixture and mix until just combined.
  4. Remove bowl from stand and fold in zucchini by hand.
  5. Spread brownie mixture into pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
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Tips for success:

This batter is THICK.  You will not pour it into the pan!  It reminds me of a loose cookie dough.

Dont overcook!  I pulled mine out of the over right at 25 minutes and they were perfect.

Dont get freaked out that there is no egg and no butter.  You would never know the difference.  They brownies do not lack for flavor on any level.

While I know these are called brownies, they did have a cake like quality to them.  The crumb is defiantly cake like.  However, they stick to your teeth like an ooey gooey brownie should.  So for me its a toss up… call it brownie or cake… whatever you call it they are fantastic.

Truly.  This recipe is on par with all brownie recipes I have tried.  (Well, maybe not the Oatmeal Milky Way Brownies, but those are pretty much the exception to every brownie rule, ever.)

 

 

 

 

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Baking, Shopping, and Cakes

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Congrats to comment #1535 somecallmeambingale

 

 

Welcome to my new digs!
I have been working on this project for over a year now, and am so stinkin happy to have it done.

I even baked a cake reminiscent of my new online home… what do you think?

Now.

I don’t know you noticed, but I sorta have a thing for cake.
And cake stands.
So, in honor of my new blog home I am giving away a special treat for you!
A $250 gift card to Target!


Once you receive the gift card I certainly cant tell you how to spend it.

But if you wanted to you could make a dent on this page.
Just saying.
Did ya happen to notice that this little cake of mine was made to match the dots that run along the top of my blog?


The main page (or landing page) of this site is a combination of all the colors of the rainbow and then each individual page has its own color.

We have established my deep unabashed love for the rainbow right?
I have set up the pages separately, so if you want to stop by and see cakes, cakes, and only cakes you can come here!

There is a subscribe button under each title in the heading.   Just pick and choose as you see fit!


And now for cake.
The inside is a layered cake… but layered with something super yummy.


Brownies!
I simply baked my brownies in 8in cakes pans and treated then as I would any cake.
I put a layer of righ chocolate buttercream on top of the brownie, then a layer of white cake, then a layer of sweet vanilla buttercream.

Then repeat!


Your tastebuds are met with the delicate vanilla cake then immediately following is a decadent rich and chewy chocolate covered brownie.
Its pretty much a sensory overload.

I hope you will try it!
To be entered to win the $250 gift card from Target:


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Secret Crazy Ingredient Ice Cream

As soon as I am done posting this I am going to work out.

I just have to put that out there.

One thing I love to do is share my recipes with you!  To let you enjoy the same sweets and treats that me and my family do.

This is one of those times where I am just gonna throw this out there knowing that most will not be sharing my passion.  In fact, I am fully aware that this recipe is just plain weird.

But seeing as I am just plain weird, it sorta all makes sense.

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So I sorta teased that this was the oddest ice cream I had ever made or eaten.

That still stands.

It was all inspired by this delightful culinary concoction.

That and my obsession with white chocolate. (which is not even technically a chocolate.  Boo Hoo.)

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So here it is!

Blueberry Brownie White Chocolate Ice Cream.

Made with Kevin and Amanda's two ingredient machine-less recipe.

Concocted while wearing a witch hat and cackling.

Uh, forget I mentioned that part.  I don't think witch's eat blueberries.

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White Chocolate Blueberry Brownie Ice Cream

1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk

2 cups whipping cream

1 cup diced blueberries

6 finely crumbled brownies

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Whip cream into soft peaks then add other ingredients and blend until just incorporated.  I quartered my blueberries.  Yup.  Stood at my kitchen counter and cut every single little blueberries into fours.  I did this because while I love their flavor in this, I don't like eating whole frozen blueberries.  If you do, then no need to cut yours up.

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Not only are there numerous brownies in the ice cream, but I thought it would be delicious to serve it over brownies.  I was about two minutes away from making a white chocolate ganache to go over top but the baby started crying so I forgot until right now.

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I am a huge blueberry fan and can eat a pint in one sitting no problem.  Adding them to my chocolate brownie ice cream was a no brainer for me, but there are a couple things you should be able to say before you try it.

1. I love blueberries.  Any time of year.  Bitter or sweet, small or large, blueberries are yummy in my tummy.

2. There is no such thing as "too sweet" in baking.

If you can say those two things then you are about four hours away from certain creamy ice perfection.

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P.S.  You really only need to be able to say #1.  I just threw in #2 to be a stinker.

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