Sunday, November 7, 2010

Trick Or Treat Brownies

There is always an abundance of candy after Halloween, whether it's the leftovers that weren't handed out or the pillow cases the kids filled up. So what do you do with all that candy in the house? Do you eat the leftovers yourself or maybe share it with your coworkers. Do you let you kids eat their candy until they are sick or let them constantly ask you "can I have candy...can I have candy?" This is what I do.
When my kids were little, we watched the classic It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown where I realized how the story of the Great Pumpkin could make Halloween better for me as a parent.  After a night of trick-or-treating, the kids sort through their candy for the pieces they want to keep and the pieces they are going to give to the Great Pumpkin keeping in mind the more they give the better the gift the Great Pumpkin leaves. It's a great idea for limiting the amount of candy the kids eat,  but now what does the Great Pumpkin do with the kids candy plus the leftovers? She make brownies. Trick or Treat Brownies. Using your favorite brownie recipe, (a mix will work too) you put a little more than 1/2 the batter in the pan, then a layer of assorted chocolate candies, and then cover with the remaining batter. Bake as directed in your recipe. DELICIOUS. Each brownie square hides yummy candy goodness. The Butterfingers and Kit Kats don't work as good, while Twix is one of the best. (Year round I make Candy Bar Brownies using only 1 type of candy.)

The brownie recipe I use comes from one of my favorite radio programs, Melinda Lee KNX 1070 in Los Angeles. , of coarse I do tweak it a little bit.


2 sticks of butter
8oz semi-sweet chocolate
4 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
  • Butter a 13 X 9 baking pan (I use a 7 1/2 X 12)
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Melt together 2 sticks of butter and 8oz semi-sweet chocolates, set aside
  • In a large bowl whisk 4 eggs. Whisk in 1/2 tsp salt, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup granulated sugar and 2 tsp vanilla. Whisk in melted chocolate mixture.
  • Gently fold in 1 cup of flour until combine
  • Pour into prepared pan bake for 35-40 minutes

    I have another variation I use for Christmas, I will post it next month :)

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