Happy Monday, everyone! Did you all have a good weekend?
Mine was pretty fabulous. And by fabulous, I mean one of the most low-key weekends I’ll have until… um… August?
Yeah, I’m overwhelmed just thinking about it. Excited. But overwhelmed.
So a night in and a nice tasting and dinner at a winery was perfect for my mood.
What did I do Friday night during my night in, you ask?
Well… I broke out the big guns.After staring at Jessica’s Better-Than-Crack brownies for several months now, I finally had an excuse to make them. And thanks to hitting up the Easter clearance like a baller, I also had all the necessary ingredients.
Please do not judge me for using a box mix. I am not a huge brownie person (weird, being as how I’m a self-proclaimed chocoholic). And because I am not a huge brownie fan, the “perfect” plain brownie recipe is yet to come through my kitchen (I do have a soft spot for Almond Joy Brownies- they’re crazy good). The box mix will do for now. Does anyone else find it troubling how it takes literally less than two minutes to mix brownies and throw them in the oven? Dang.
Oh and I’m probably one of very few crazies to be baking over-the-top brownies the weekend before I travel to Vegas for a bachelorette party that consists of running around in swimsuits and cocktail dresses. Smart.
At least now we’ve got an excuse for the dimple on my left butt cheek. Even if the sexy boys at the pool don’t care where it came from, I’ll still feel obliged to let them know.
While the brownies started the baking process, I got the mix-ins ready to throw on top after 20 minutes of baking.This was also about the time I started watching No Strings Attached (a red box snag). The movie was ok. I didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. There were some good lines- none of which I can remember at the moment. *Sigh.
And speaking of Ashton Kutcher, is anyone else curious how they plan to incorporate Ashton Kutcher into Charlie Sheen’s old role on tv? Is he the crazy younger brother that no one talks about? A son Charlie never knew about? Another kooky neighbor? I’m so confused!You top the brownies with the peanuts and reese’s and bake it for another 6-8 minutes. They come out looking pretty stellar.
My only frustration with baking these was putting the second layer of milk chocolate/peanut butter/rice krispies on top and sticking it in the refrigerator. What do you mean I have to wait 2 hours before serving???
Thank god I had the movie to distract me for at least part time. If you’re smart, have only one brownie at the 2-hour mark. Pair it with a nice white wine (or a bottle of $4.99 wine from Trader Joe’s- whatev). Then wait overnight to cut up for serving or hoovering the rest. The top was still a little soft on my first go-round.
What did I think?
Delish. Like I said, I’m not the biggest brownie person. But these were pretty good. I think if I found a fudgier brownie mix/recipe or had thrown in semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter, I would have enjoyed the brownie base more. And I’d totally put more peanuts and reese’s in the middle layer. Or maybe more rice krispies on top?
It’s the texture- I do wish there would be more “chew” in it. But that’s just a personal preference.
However, that’s not to say they weren’t good. Because they were And there’s not much to complain about the peanut butter and chocolate combo. It’s a winner.
When I took them with as an after-winery dessert on Saturday night, they got everyone else’s seal of approval. So that’s really the only opinion you need. They’re good. Make them. But feel free to customize them to your own tastes. Everyone’s different, right?
The brownies are pretty much gone except for one I promised to save for someone. They’ve got another 24 hours to claim it.
If you think I won’t eat it for breakfast, you’re wrong.
Like I said- there’s a reason for the dimple.
Excuse me while I take a minute to step away from the computer and do a few lunges.