Monday, April 13, 2009

Out of the Pantry Brownies

One of the box mixes that I just can not seem to get rid of in my house is brownie mixes! However, during my spring cleaning event,  I have decided to work at getting rid of them! I decided to make up some brownies but did not want them to be just "plain ol' brownies".   So I used a couple of my odd n' end items to spruce them!

I took one of the five boxes of brownies that I had in my pantry along with the dozen mini Heath bars and a dab of carmel ice cream topping out of my fridge to make up the brownies. 
First, I unwrapped all the mini Heath bars and put them back into the small Ziploc bag.  Then I took my rolling pin and let out some frustration on the Heath bars to crush them! 

After I crushed the bars, I made up my brownie mix as instructed on the box.  If you don't want to use all the oil that the box calls for you can do 1/2 applesauce and 1/2 oil.  I didn't have any applesauce so I just used the oil actually I didn't quite have the 2/3 cups like the box says but didn't add any extra water or anything and the brownies came out fine. 

Once the brownie mix is stirred well and ready to pour in the pan...Pour about 1/2 of the brownie batter in your slightly greased baking pan.  Then take your crushed Heath bars(or you can use any kind of candy, like leftover Easter candy!) and spread over the top of the batter.  Then drizzle carmel ice cream topping over the Heath bars. Then pour the other 1/2 of the brownie batter over the top of the Heath bars and carmel topping. 
Now your brownies are ready to cook!!  Cook according to the box instructions---350° for 28-30 minutes. 
Once they are cooled...cut and enjoy!  One thing I noticed in doing the brownies this way when I cut into them is that ALL the Heath bars and the carmel soaked into the brownie batter as it cooked!!  I was hoping that the Heath bars would do like what mini chocolate chips do being stirred into the batter. My thinking is that I did not use enough of the Heath bars or that I crushed them too finely or something???  

Despite having all the Heath bars and carmel topping "melt" into the batter, the brownies tasted wonderful!!  They came out nice and thick and rich!!  They made great brownie sundaes for the family!!

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15 comments:

Anissa said...

Sounds great! I'll have to try that one! Thanks for sharing.

Gretchen said...

I find that hilarious that your brownie mixes are the last to go. If I had brownie mixes they would be gone right away considering brownies are my absolute favorite dessert. Those brownies look so good it makes me want to make some.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Oh my goodness. Sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing your recipe and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

~~tonya~~ said...

My gosh...look at that. I think I just gained 5lbs.

Frugal Finds said...

Very Yummy! A great way to use up some Easter Candy too!!!

Hoosier Homemade said...

Those sound really good! Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
~Liz

Sherry said...

THis looks fabulous!!! Thanks for posting! :D

have a great day!
Sherry

Mrs. Mordecai said...

Sounds yummy! Way to use things up. I do similar things quite often, too.

Pami said...

YUMMY my mouth is watering thanks sharing

heresmycuplord said...

I totally love Brownie Sundaes!
Ginger

Sandy Toes said...

Okay..did I just gain 2 pounds looking at this? But oh it looks heavenly

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Sounds and looks yummy!

Brenda said...

Those look pretty amazing!!

Just Another SAHM said...

Sounds divine! I know I can easily make brownies from scratch...but I usually have a mix in my pantry, too! Can't seem to resist when they are on sale for $1. ;)

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