For the recipe, follow the directions for Girl Scout Tagalong Brownie Pie, except use a mini-muffin pan to bake your brownies.
Do I really need to say anything more than: Tagalong Brownie Pie? This recipe features Girl Scout Tagalong cookies, a ridiculously gooey peanut-butter-caramel layer, and toasted walnuts. And it’s one of my easiest recipes! PS – When Girl Scout Cookies are out of season, you can substitute another (preferably chocolate-coated) peanut butter cookie…like Little Debbie Nutty Bars or even Nabisco Nutter Butter cookies.
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 brownie box mix (I used Ghirardelli Chocolate Supreme)
- Eggs, oil, and water as called for on the box’s directions
- 1 cup (8 ounces) peanut-butter-caramel dip (I used a 16-ounce tub, Marzetti brand)
- 1 package Girl Scout Tagalong Cookies (or any peanut butter cookie)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Toast your walnuts on a cookie sheet for about 5-6 minutes, until they’re slightly golden brown. Set aside to cool.
Make brownie mix with eggs, oil, and water, according to the directions on the box. I like to use the “extra egg” recipe, which is sometimes in fine print next to the “regular” recipe. That extra egg adds a little more loft and cakiness to the brownie. But that’s just my preference; you should build your own brownie world the way you like it. Pour brownie batter into two (2) well greased 9-inch pie pans.
Since you’re using 2 pans, your baking time will be much shorter than the box instructs. (My box mix suggested a baking time of 35-40 minutes, but my brownie pies only needed 22-24 minutes to bake.) When a center-placed toothpick comes out nearly clean, that means your pies are done.
When pies have cooled, put about 1/2 cup of peanut-butter-caramel dip on the surface of each pie. Spread it evenly. I intentionally avoided covering the outermost half-inch of brownie, the part where a pie would normally have a “crimp” in the crust. I thought it looked cute that way, plus it helped make serving a little easier.
Using a walnut as a “stand,” prop up your cookies. This will make it easier and cleaner for your guests to grab those cookies and eat them with their fingers.
Since there are 15 cookies in a Tagalong box, I put 8 cookies on one pie and 7 on the other. Add 1/2 cup of your toasted walnuts to each pie. I chopped my walnuts into large pieces.
This Tagalong Brownie Pie recipe would make any Girl Scout proud, and I’m sure your troop will love ‘em!
Red Velvet Cake is a favorite in my household, almost as much as brownies. Red Velvet Cake is the dessert my mother always made for special occasions — especially birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Independence Day, or Christmas. And it’s the dessert that, when served, made any occasion special. It’s rich, dense, sweet, buttery, and very, very pretty! So its namesake brownie had to be equally special. Here’s my simplified, “box mix” approach to this lovely recipe.
- 1 and 1/2 cups milk (any percent is fine)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 box red velvet cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1 package cream cheese
- 1 cup water
- 1 and 1/2 cups butter (do *NOT* use margarine, as it will not fluff up properly)
- 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
DIRECTIONS – FROSTING, STEP 1
Put milk and flour into a microwave-safe dish and mix completely. (I like to use a fork, but that’s just me.)
- Microwave for 60 seconds on 20% power; remove from oven and stir.
(Use 20% power, not 100%. You want to avoid scalding your milk.)
At this point, you’ll have cooked your mixture for a total of 4 minutes and you’re ALMOST done. Your goal is a smooth, thick consistency, like a gravy you might pour over biscuits. It should take a total of about 6 minutes of cooking time — but you don’t want to cook it any longer than you have to.
So now, do this, but ONLY until it gets thick:
- Microwave for 30 seconds on 20% power.
Do not overcook. After about 6 minutes total, you should be done. Stir well until smooth. Cover and set aside, so it can cool completely before step 2 of frosting, later.
DIRECTIONS – BATTER
In a large bowl, add cream cheese and egg. With electric mixer, beat until smooth, about 1 minute.
Add cake mix, water, and oil. Mix on slow speed until blended, then on medium for 2 minutes.
Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.
Bake at 350 F for about 20-25 minutes or until a center-placed toothpick comes out crumbly but nearly clean.
DIRECTIONS – FROSTING, STEP 2
Before this next step, check the temperature of your “cooked flour/milk” mixture. If it is **completely cooled to room temperature**, you may proceed. (Also, if you chose to cool your flour/milk in the refrigerator, let it return to room temperature before moving forward.)
Allow your butter to soften outside of the refrigerator for about 5 or 10 minutes. With an electric mixer on medium-high, beat sugar, butter, and vanilla together in a large bowl until it turns snowy white, about 3 minutes. Next, add the flour mixture.
Start the mixer slowly. Don’t be afraid that your frosting will look entirely HIDEOUS at this stage. Consider it a baby swan that will soon grow into an elegant, angelic creature.
Mix on highest speed until you notice a beautiful, magical change in texture–causing it to look and act like real whipped cream–about 2-3 minutes.
Only after your brownies are completely cooled should you add the frosting. Pile it on. Make big fluffy swirls. Remember, this will spread a lot differently than pre-made “tub” frosting. That’s. Cuz. It’s. Homemade.
This recipe will give you the luxury of a big ol’ thick layer. Oh my goo’ness–I’m getting lightheaded as I type this.
With this frosting, you must refrigerate this dessert. A small price to pay for the absolute decadence of it all. Serve your Red Velvet Brownies while wearing red lipstick and a mischievous smile.
It’s Easter season and time to make a brownie recipe that features those kooky, adorable Peeps marshmallow treats. Looky! It’s a brownie pond… Let’s jump in!
Thanks to Jaime Santillan for the adorable studio shot above. Jaime takes amazing photos.
- 1 box brownie mix (I used Pillsbury Dark Chocolate in the “13 x 9 family size”)
- Oil, eggs, and water as directed on box
- Jelly fruit slices, about 20
- 1 box pudding mix, white chocolate or vanilla flavor (I used Jell-O White Chocolate)
- 2 cups of cold milk, any % is fine
- Blue food coloring, 10-20 droplets
- 1 16-ounce tub Cool Whip topping
- Marshmallow Peeps Chicks
- Fun garnishes (may I suggest some daffodil leaves and a tiny grape hyacinth?)
Mix brownies as directed on box, using the “extra egg” version of the recipe. I also suggest using a 13×9 family-size box, as you’ll need as much brownie as possible to fill your trifle bowl.
Pour batter into a greased pan, bake as directed on box, and let brownies cool. You can do the next few steps while brownies are baking or while they are cooling.
Mix instant pudding with cold milk and about 3 drops of blue food coloring.
Whisk as directed on box.
At first, your pudding may be blue-green rather than straight blue, because most light-colored puddings are a bit yellow-ish. Don’t worry; a few more drops of blue coloring will help. Whisk in a few more drops at a time until you’re happy with the color. After a few minutes of whisking, the pudding will be thick. Put it in the refrigerator while you do the next few steps.
Cut your jelly candies into fish shapes. Start by cutting the jelly in half.
Then make a few cuts to create the appearance of a fish body and tail fin. My advice is: “Cut away everything that doesn’t look like a fish.” If that’s not enough direction for you, remember that all you need to do is cut away 4 tiny triangles. Follow the 4 easy steps below.
One by one, stick your fish onto the inside of the trifle bowl, about 1 inch above the bottom. The gooey jelly will serve as a very strong adhesive against the glass.
Crumble one-third to one-half of your cooled brownies into the trifle bowl. Set aside the remaining one-half to two-thirds of brownie to use in a higher layer.
It’s OK to use bigger brownie chunks in the center of the bowl, but when you get near the fish, use fine, small crumbles to fit in the crevices between the fish. It will make your fish stand out better.
Get in the frig’. (Not literally. Don’t be silly.) Get out the blue pudding and pour it in an even layer over the brownie crumbs.
Add another layer of fish.
Add the rest of your crumbled brownies.
Add 3-4 drops of blue food coloring into the Cool Whip. Mix. You can add more coloring until you achieve the color you want for your pond surface.
Pour 90% of the blue Cool Whip onto your brownie surface.
In the remaining 10% of Cool Whip, add 1 or 2 more drops of blue color. Don’t mix it in. Instead, spoon the unmixed blob of Cool Whip and color onto the top of your pond.
Without mixing too much, use a spoon to make round, sweeping swirls on your pond surface. The food coloring will create a nice medium-blue ripple in your light-blue pond water. Cute!
Add your marshmallow Peeps as floating decor on the surface of your Easter pond.
My Peeps looked like they needed company, so I also added a few fresh leaves and flowers from my spring garden. Even the fish looked happy.
I’m stating the obvious here: A 7.5-ounce box of Samoas Girl Scout Cookies just is not enough. They’re too delicious to stop eating after only 1 or 2 cookies. Seriously, I can pound down half of that box in one sitting. So I made a brownie recipe that stretches out the coconutty delight of the Samoas, making enough for an entire party!
INGREDIENTS - IF YOU LIKE SAMOAS -
- 1 box brownie mix (I used Ghirardelli Chocolate Supreme)
- Eggs, oil, and water as directed on box
- One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (I used Eagle Brand)
- 1 ounce (1 square) unsweetened chocolate (I used Nestle Pre-Melted Choco-Bake)
- 1 cup chopped or halved pecans, toasted on a cookie sheet for 5 minutes at 350F
- 1 box Samoas Girl Scout cookies (7.5 ounces)
INGREDIENTS - IF YOU LOVE SAMOAS -
- 1 box brownie mix (I used Ghirardelli Chocolate Supreme)
- Eggs, oil, and water as directed on box
- One 16-ounce tub caramel dip (I used T. Marzetti Brand)
- 1 cup sweetened, flaked coconut, toasted on a cookie sheet for 4-5 minutes at 350F
- 1 box Samoas Girl Scout cookies (7.5 ounces)
Mix together brownie mix, eggs, oil, and water as directed on box. Pour batter into greased pan.
If you like Samoas: Pour condensed milk into a bowl. Melt square of unsweetened chocolate and mix it in.
If you love Samoas, open your tub of caramel and stir it until it’s smooth.
Set aside half of the chocolate-milk mixture (or caramel). Pour the other half on top of the brownie batter.
Swirl it in with a knife.
Lick the knife. You know you gotta do it.
Bake as directed on box. While baking, chop up the Samoa cookies into pieces.
After brownies come out of the oven, let them cool if you have time. If you’re pressed for time, you can move on, but you may have a pretty gooey dessert on your hands. Drizzle the other half of your goo (either caramel or the milk-chocolate mixture) over the top.
Now, if you want toasted pecans in your recipe, add them on top of the sticky goo. If you want toasted coconut in your recipe, add that instead.
Top it all off with the chopped Samoas Girl Scout Cookies.
If you want a more “set-up” brownie, you can chill the pan in the refrigerator before cutting and serving.
Ridiculously delicious. Sticky. Nutty. Caramelly. And, using this brownie recipe, you’ll turn a 7.5-ounce box of Samoas Girl Scout cookies into more than 3 pounds of giddy, gooey delight. Dive in!
These green, mint-abulous St. Patrick’s Day brownies will wink and say, “Top o’ the mornin’ to ye.”
Serve them for a Saint Patrick’s Day party or anytime. They’re as rich, cool, and refreshing as the ice cream that donated its namesake. And they have a frosty crunch! You’ll want two scoops, for sure.
1 tub vanilla frosting
(For this recipe, I used Duncan Hines Creamy Home-Style)
2 tsp mint extract, more or less to taste
Green food coloring, about 4-5 droplets
6 oz green swirl mint candy (like Brach’s Spearmint Discs)
6 oz (about 1/2 bag) miniature chocolate chips
(For this recipe, I used Nestle Semi-Sweet Mini Chips)
Mix batter ingredients and bake according to box instructions. Allow to cool.
In the meantime, add mint extract to frosting and mix completely. Then add a few droplets of green food coloring and mix completely. You’ll need only 4 or 5 drops to get a good “minty” color. Set aside.
Use a sieve to sift the mint powder from the small pieces.
Your goal is to have about 3/4 cup of fine minty powder and 1/4 cup of tiny fragments, no bigger than your pinky nail. Set aside the candy fragments to use as a garnish. Mix the powder into the frosting.
Kahlua is a coffee liqueur. Kahlua is a vodka-based spirit. Kahlua is thick and sweet and dark. Kahlua is, as the commercial says, DELICIOSO. And Kahlua is friends forever with brownies.
I have a simple box-brownie recipe to help you celebrate this lovely friendship. I promise to get you out of the kitchen FAST, giving you more time with your delicioso dessert. This 3-layered recipe of brownie + pudding + mousse is called The Kahlua Mousse Brownie and you can find it right here: http://outoftheboxbrownies.com/2011/11/14/frozen-kahlua-mousse-brownies/
It’s just like a cherry cordial — one that’s big enough to need a plate. BAM! Cupid just shot a thousand tiny arrows into your taste buds. Deal with that.
- 1 box brownie mix (Ghirardelli Ultimate Fudge, with the fudge icing packet included)
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 1 or 2 eggs (1 for a shorter, fudgier brownie; 2 for a taller, fluffier brownie)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
- 1 12-ounce jar marshmallow topping (the kind you drizzle over ice cream)
- 2-3 teaspoons almond extract, to taste
- 1/3 cup juice from a maraschino cherry jar
- 15-25 maraschino cherries, depending on pan size
Open box mix and set aside the fudge icing packet, which you’ll use after the baking. Be careful when buying your brownie mix for this recipe. Don’t confuse a “put-the-fudge-packet-INTO-the-batter” mix with a “put-the-fudge-packet-ON-TOP-OF-the-baked-brownie” mix. (The into-the-batter packets are usually not very sweet and won’t work as a frosting.)
Pour powdered brownie mix into a large bowl.
Melt butter or margarine in microwave (about 25-30 seconds) and add it to the brownie mix, along with the eggs and water. Mix thoroughly and spread batter in a greased pan.
In a medium bowl, place cream cheese and marshmallow topping. Mix with hand beater on medium speed just until completely mixed.
By hand, mix in the cherries, almond extract, and maraschino juice. It will be the prettiest shade of pink!
Using a tablespoon, scoop up one cherry and a spoonful of the cherry filling. Place this cherry-pink filling down into the chocolate batter. Don’t just put a dollop on top of the batter; try to get it down in there.
Plan ahead on how you will space the cherries into your pan. Each brownie should have one cherry in its center. I used an 11×7 pan and I used 24 cherries in 6 rows of 4 cherries.
Bake until a toothpick placed into the chocolate part comes out nearly clean, about 25-40 minutes, depending on the size of your pan.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Soften the fudge icing packet by placing it under hot tap water for 30 seconds. Knead packet in your hands to mix packet’s contents. Cut away a tiny corner of the packet so it will deliver a thin ribbon of icing.
Drizzle icing over your cooled brownies in a pattern that will be pleasing to you and your valentine. You don’t have to go for a “fully frosted” effect here; feel free to leave some areas exposed.
Mmm, mmm. “Love” just isn’t a big enough concept for this. Serve with two forks.
When I considered what kind of brownie I’d want to serve at a Super Bowl party, I immediately started thinking about making a beer brownie with a salty-sweet kick. Mmm, mmm. This competitive, showoff of a recipe — with just 5 ingredients — is the result.
Enjoy the Big Game on Sunday. I hope you stuff your face and have a blast. Here’s my play-by-play commentary on how to make this brownie:
- 1 box brownie mix (for this recipe, I used Betty Crocker Triple Chunk — yum)
- 1 can (14.9 ounces) of Guinness Stout
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup (half of a stick) of butter or margarine
- 5-6 Snickers bars, or 1 bag of miniatures
Pour Guinness into a small saucepan and boil over medium heat until it thickens.
It may take about 10 minutes for your Guinness to thicken up. (If you’re a coach who needs the game to go faster, mix 2 T cornstarch into 2 T of water, then add this to your boiling Guinness.) As delicious as this syrupy concoction LOOKS, it’s not very sweet; in other words, don’t lick the pan. But this syrup will add a dark, smoky undertone to your brownies. Honestly, you can hardly taste the Guinness unless you’re really looking for it!
Melt butter or margarine in the microwave, about 20-25 seconds. In a large bowl, mix together the butter, eggs, Guinness, and brownie mix. Pour batter into greased pan and bake for 25-40 minutes, depending on the pan size. While brownies are baking, cut the Snickers into bite-sized pieces.
When brownies are done and the crust is still warm, use your fingers to push the Snickers pieces deep down into the crust. Make sure each brownie will have several bites of Snickers. That’s it. Wasn’t that easy?
Cool, cut, and serve. Then hope that you don’t need to call unsportsmanlike conduct on your guests as they fight to get the biggest one.
According to This Site, today is National Peanut Butter Day.
I can think of 4 mouthwatering ways to celebrate:
1) Order some of those peanut-buttery Girl Scout Tagalong Cookies, which I will feature in a recipe next month, when the cookies arrive. Gotta plan ahead!
2) Make my LunchBox Brownies, but use Peanut Butter slice-n-bake cookie dough instead of the Tollhouse Cookie dough that the recipe calls for. Any kid (or happy adult) will be tickled by these.
3) Make my Elvis Brownie, which honors The King with a pan-fried peanut-butter brownie that is fit for Rock-n-Roll Royalty.
4) Make my Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownie, which is a delicately balanced treat of perfection that you can stuff in your face with grace and style.
Having shared these 4 fabulous ideas for what to do on National Peanut Butter Day, I have just 4 more words for you: HOORAY FOR PEANUT BUTTER!