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Fast Break Brownies

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Occasionally I go to a bottomless mimosas brunch, and occasionally have one two many mimosas. The result is an inexplicable desire to FaceTime with pretty much anyone in my phone book. I don’t know if this is a post colligate phase, where I  feel far away from my friends, or just an inexplicable bad day drinking choice. Either way after a particularly bad bout of Facetime harassment I decided I need to apologize with brownies. Although brownies don’t entire make up for the time wasted trying to dodge my  calls, they do soften the blow. Especially when stuffed with Fast Break candy and frosted.

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Salted Caramel Brownies with Pretzel Crust

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When it comes to desserts, I am always trying to up the anti. Rice Krispies aren’t complete until they are doused in sprinkles and every quick bread needs dozens of add ins and some sort of glaze. Maybe one day I’ll be a purest but for now I want each dessert to be more extravagant than the last. Besides, plain chocolate chip cookies are not overly interesting to photograph… I want something with layers and textures and variety. Mission accomplished with these brownies. Find the recipe here.

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Saint Patrick’s Day Brownies

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I returned from Cancun about five days ago, and until now the thought of alcohol has physically nauseated me. It only takes a weeks worth of sexy bananas (a pina colada turned questionably pepto bismal pink) to turn you off drinking forever, or at least craving a short hiatus.

Just in time for Saint Patrick’s day I think my spring break hangover has finally subsided! Thanks to the Aleve and  Smartwater, without which this speedy recovery would not have been possible. Thus, I will honor the occasion with an alcohol infused dessert: mint chip brownies with Bailey’s frosting.

Find my favorite brownie recipe at the Amateur Gourmet (I just added a cup of Andy’s mint chips to the batter). And the frosting recipe at Recipe Girl.

Cheers and happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Salted caramel brownies

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Recently I really broke out of the mold and made something completely different: brownies… stuffed/ swirled/ and topped with more sugar. Hold the phone…. that’s what all my posts are about.

About a month ago I started apprenticing with the home cooking school Just Simply…. Cuisine (you must check out their website and  blog here). After helping with a class, by which I mean sampling all of the to-die-for food, the owner, Chris, gave me a box of flaked salt.

When thinking of what to make with the new ingredient my brain immediately jumped to brownies. That just demonstrates what a serious problem it is to have a sweet tooth. When I think of salt, caramel and chocolate still come to mind, is that sick or what?

Either way the brownies turned out delicious. The fleck salt not only added contrasting flavor but contrasting texture with the large crystals. The verdict: flecked salt > normal salt, every day of the week.

The recipe is made up of all of my favorite repeat offenders. Brownies from Amateur Gourmet and the easiest caramel from Pioneer Woman.

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Peppermint patty brownies

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So there isn’t much of a recipe to share with these brownies. Basically I bought a bag of holiday Peppermint Patty’s at the CVS post Christmas sale. Then I bought a brownie mix (see my last post about boxed baking approval here). Then I followed the directions on the box and threw in some of the candy. Some would say these brownies don’t even deserve to be on a food blog because they are so simple. But they photograph so freakin’ well, I just had to share.

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Samoa Brownies

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When I was in elementary school I did the whole Girl Scout thing. I subjected myself to degradation beyond reconciliation  by pushing a wagon filled with cookies to every one of my neighbors, clad in a puke green vest too small for my over-weight-elementary frame. Although this humiliation still haunts me, I have decided to relive this part of my past with Samoa brownies. Because my mother ended up buying most of the cookies herself (and because I hadn’t learned the concept of self control when it came to food) I was/am very familiar with the flavors. These brownies take Samoas to the next level by improving their inherently stale texture and keeping their perfect flavor combination.

Find the recipe here. I did make one slight change, subbing my favorite caramel sauce  (classic) for the melted caramel candies. Melting solid caramels still scares me, as I have the burn evidence on my arm to prove.

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Truffle brownies with raspberries and white chocolate

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Junior year of high school I became a chocolate of the month member of Godiva. This exclusive free membership gives everyone the opportunity to sample a truffle on the house once a month. I am proud to say that after 5 years of membership I have never missed a month, or ever actually purchased something from Godiva. I have even stopped feeling awkward when they hand me my free sample and ask “is that all for you today?”

This raspberry white chocolate brownie is inspired by one of my monthly truffles. Maybe one day I will actually buy something from the store, but in the mean time I will continue to indulge in my membership and make imitation brownies.

I followed my favorite brownie recipe and added 1 bar of chopped white chocolate and half a bag of frozen raspberries.

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