But when you’re up on your luck…

picture-004.jpg …sometimes you want to make brownies! I haven’t shared a recipe in a while, and so when a friend asked for a copy of this one, I realized that if I was typing it up, I may as well share it with you! This is one of those very low key recipes that is actually pretty handy for entertaining because they manage to look maybe a tiny bit more fun than a usual pan of brownies. My personal favorite is to make them in a foil-lined pan, fold the foil around them, and put them straight in the freezer. They slice super nicely when they are frozen too.  Because the topping is outrageously rich, you only need a tiny square of brownie per serving. I can easily get 24 out of a 9×13 pan, and that is with my kids eating all the edges! So what I’m saying is try these!

Brownies: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and grease or foil line or both a 9×13″ pan. In a sauce pan over low heat melt 1/2 c. butter with a bag (12 oz) of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Remove from heat and stir in 1 1/2 c. sugar, 4 eggs, 1 1/3 c. flour, 1/2 t. baking powder, a shake of salt, and 1 t. vanilla.  Stir in another cup of chocolate chips of any kind, and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes. When your brownies are cool, or frozen, cut into small squares that will fit into the bottom of cupcake liners.  For topping, melt 1 stick of butter with another bag of chocolate chips (we like extra dark) until just smooth – do not overheat. Using a spoon, whollop a scoop onto each brownie, and swirl it around until it the outside edges cover the rough edges of the brownie. Top with some kind of accessory- really big colored sprinkles are my favorite, but do as the spirit leads you! p.s. these are especially great for big group/ open house type things – they always disappear quickly!

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9 thoughts on “But when you’re up on your luck…

  1. Hi! I just printed this recipe out for future reference – like maybe now…. They look yummy and fun for the kids. Thanks for sharing it. I’ve been wondering how your Christmas dinner turned out?

  2. From the friend who needed the recipe…thanks! The second half is in the freezer, coming out for tonight’s dessert. I love these things.

  3. I got my darling little toothpick flags from my sister’s trip to Holland. However, if I was going to make them I would print something fun onto a sheet of adhesive paper, cut it, and fold it in half over a toothpick. Better yet, color copy some fabric onto the same sticky back paper. I would think one sheet would get you a truckload of them, cause you can see they are pretty tiny!

  4. Just wanted you to know that my 11 yo daughter made these today. They were an absolute hit with all the cousins at our monthly birthday gathering at the Grandparents house! We even had the same sprinkles you showed in the picture. For the flags, we color copied some origami paper, and my 9 yo daughter downloaded some printed designs from clipart. We put a small piece of clear tape to hold the toothpick in the center of the strip of paper (we cut the paper to an appropriate size first), then folded the flag over onto itself (wrong sides together) and put a couple swipes of stick glue on the inside of the paper to hold it shut and voila! It held together great! Thank you so much for this easy, delicious recipe!

    BTW- I also made your meatball and pasta soup recipe from Hot Providence as well – it was scrumptious!

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