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Friday, January 25, 2013

Brownie 3-Way

I live in a small community where everyone knows everyone else's business.  It can be a total drag at times but then there are those times that it is totally the best thing that could ever happen. 

A few weeks ago one of the local families lost their home to an unexpected house fire.   It is times like these that the community pulls together to support and assist families in need.  So when someone asked for baked goods for a donation Spaghetti dinner with the proceeds going to the family that just lost their home,   I decided I could assist by making brownies for a dessert item.  What would be better to top of a spaghetti dinner than brownies.   The answer to that, of course,  is to be able to choose which one looks yummiest to you.  

Take a peek below and tell me which one you want to try.  I had a tough time choosing between the Macaroon and Buckeye.  Of course I tried just a small bite of all three but those two were a tie in my book.

1 batch of your favorite brownies mixed and ready to bake, you choose from the toppings below.  Or 3 batches each with a different topping.  

Choose your topping:

1.      S’more Toppings
          1 batch your favorite brownies, baked as directed
          Spreadable Marshmallow fluff
          Miniature Marshmallows (the really tiny ones)
          Miniature Chocolate Chips
          4 Chocolate Graham Crackers, broken into small pieces

      Cook the brownies and let cool for fifteen minutes.  Spread the top with fluff.  Sprinkle with miniature marshmallows, mini chocolate chips and broken up graham crackers.  Place back in the oven for 5-10 minutes or just until marshmallows are toasted.   Remove from oven and let cool completely before cutting. 

You could swap out the chocolate grahams for any flavor you like.  If you have children
 you might think about using Teddy Grahams.  

Can also swap out miniature marshmallows for mallow bits or tiny marshmallows.  


2.       Macaroon Topping
        1 batch your favorite brownies (these get baked for 20 minutes to start)
        1 batch of coconut macaroons (these get place on top of the brownies)
                     2 1/4 cups flaked coconut
                     2 eggs
                     2/3 cups granulated sugar
                     1/4 tsp. almond extract
                     1 tsp. vanilla extract
                     1/3 cup flour
        Miniature Chocolate Chips
       Bake brownies in oven for 20 minutes.  While they are baking mix up the macaroons.   After brownies have baked for 20 minutes spoon mixture on top of brownies.  I use a small spoon repeatedly so that I don't flatten the baked brownies.   Place back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes or until the macaroon is golden brown.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with mini dark chocolate chips.  Let cool completely before cutting.


3.       Buckeye Brownies
        1 batch your favorite brownies (these get baked for 20 minutes to start)
        1 batch of buckeye's (these will go layer on top of the brownie when it is cooled.
             1/2 cup butter, softened

                   3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
                   2 cups powdered sugar
        Mini Chocolate Chips
        Roasted Peanuts
Bake brownies as suggested.   Let cool completely.  While waiting mix up a batch of buckeyes.  Instead of forming buckeyes into balls, shape them into a flattened square and place on top of brownies until top is covered completely.   Melt 1 bag of chocolate chips and spread over peanut butter layer.   While chocolate is still warm, sprinkle with roasted peanuts.   Let chocolate cool completely before cutting brownies.  
I made all three versions in a 9x 11 pan resulting in 12 good sized brownies per pan.  I also line my baking pan with aluminum foil and then spray the bottom only with bakers spray.  The aluminum foil makes it easier to remove the brownies as a whole from the pan, which makes it easier to cut them into equal portions.   
These would be great for family gatherings, as you could please the many different tastes that come in crowd sized gatherings.  They would also be great for bake sales for selling individual brownies and of course by the dozen.  

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