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Crazy/Slutty/Delicious Describes These (Slightly Insane) Brownies

10 Aug

I don’t know anyone who can say no to a warm, chocolaty brownie fresh from the oven – I know I can’t say no to one (or five…). As much as I love a classic brownie, I also love to mix it up and try new versions – like the Brownie Rubble, frosted brownies from scratch, and of course the Slutty Brownie – which might be one of the more ridiculous things I have ever made – that is, until I saw THESE

Crazy Brownies

I pretty much religiously watch The Pioneer Woman on Saturday mornings on Food Network – I just love her and her family and her recipes make me drool – and last week she made these Crazy Brownies – and I am thinking that Crazy really is the right word for them! It’s a densely fudgy scratch made brownie with a layer of amazingness in the middle – in the form of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Rolos, pecans, and M&M’s. Oh, and then they are topped with powdered sugar and some more decorative M&M’s for extra added insanity. When I saw her make these, I knew they would be in my immediate future as well – or, well, some variation of them anyway.

I decided to combine the slutty brownie with the crazy brownie – making it a crazy slut? Kind of a controversial name – so I think we will just stick to “insane brownie/cookie treat” for now…

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I kept the basic formula for the slutty brownie the same – cookies on the bottom and brownies on top – but the middle is where I incorporated some of the Pioneer Woman’s “Crazy-ness” – I have packed oreos, mini peanut butter cups, and M&M’s in there – yum!

20140809_065519I used pre-made cookie dough, and then just a boxed 8×8 pan size brownie mix, and then basically whatever candy I had on hand (the best kinds, of course) to create this super slutty slightly crazy brownie

20140809_065559Slid this creation in to the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes (until the brownie portion was set and no longer jiggly) and voila!

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A cross section of the finished product – you can see the distinct cookie and brownie layers, and then that beautiful oreo in the middle! The candy is hard to see but trust me its there within that brownie layer!

20140809_125046My husband was my guinea pig (as usual!) and we both really enjoyed these – the layers weren’t too crispy and had a nice softness to them, and the candy and oreo gave each bite a different delicious surprise! These are a hit, and super easy to make, all you need to have is cookie and brownie mixes, and some kind of Oreo/candy to put in the middle (items that most of us probably have on hand anyway), so it’s a great one to get creative with and customize to your exact likings.

Oh – and don’t forget the milk to wash these down!

 

 

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Can You Make Caramel In the Microwave?

16 Mar

Sadly, this is a question I not only asked myself, but set out trying to answer a few years ago. I thought caramel consisted basically of just sugar, so I decided to stick some plain white sugar in a little bowl and try and melt it into caramel in the microwave.

….The outcome was not pretty. There was smoke from the microwave, and while there was no actual flame, I am pretty sure there could have been had I left it ‘cooking’ for longer than I did.

As for my ‘caramel’? It was a black, smoky, gross mess….so bad that I had to throw the bowl away. I told my mom what happened, and she laughed so hard I thought she would pass out (not very supportive of my baking endeavors, I don’t think!)

Needless to say, I was apprehensive to try again, but I bit the bullet and tried again to make caramel, and I am happy to say it was a raving, delicious success!

 

Here is the recipe that turned me into a believer:

Easy Caramel Sauce
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time:10 min
Makes: 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients
1 packed cup brown sugar
1/2 cup half-and-half
4 tablespoons butter
Pinch salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions
Mix the brown sugar, half-and-half, butter and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook while whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until it gets thicker. Add the vanilla and cook another minute to thicken further. Turn off the heat, cool slightly and pour the sauce into a jar. Refrigerate until cold.

Thanks to Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, for this recipe!

 

Me and my caramel!

It tasted SUPER amazing on top of the mini apple pies I made topped with vanilla ice cream…..it also tasted good right out of the jar with a spoon. I have no shame.