Monday, April 12, 2010

Brownies on Steroids

Brownies on Steroids 2

I'm sure most of you have heard of the now famous Magic Cookie Bars? You may know it by another name, if so let me refresh your memory. Graham Cracker crust, layer of sweetened condensed milk, topped with chocolate chips, nuts and coconut? Now you know what I'm talking about?

Well forget those. Just forget 'em.

This recipe surpasses the Magic Cookie Bars and reaches cookie bar/brownie nirvana.

Brownies on Steroids 1

The bottom layer is a cross between a cookie and a brownie, then we move on to the second layer, oh lordy, it's like a fudgy melted chocolate, unreal. Then the topping. I personally think you could top this with whatever floats your boat. The original recipe used pecans, coconut, chips and toffee bits. I used what I had....chips, coconut, almond slices and walnuts.

I was cutting these up after they cooled in preparation for taking these photos and I said to John "these look really good, I hope they don't suck".

I then gave him the "ugly pieces" as I always do.

A few minutes later, with a mouthful he yells, "hey honey? they so don't suck".

My oh my, he was right.

Brownies on Steroids

I made these for Tati's birthday. She gave up chocolate for lent, so I'm helping her catch up!

Thanks to Sandie at Inn Cuisine where I found this recipe and Andon Reid Inn, where Sandie found this recipe.

Brownies on Steroids
1 & 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
3/4 cup cold butter (1 & 1/2 sticks), cut into 1-inch squares
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
1/2 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
1/3 cup English toffee bits

Oven to 350. In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar and cocoa. Add the butter and pulse just until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into the bottom of a well-greased 13×9″ baking dish. Bake on center rack at 350 for 10 minutes (this took 15 minutes in my oven, so check, mine was a little wet in the middle at the 10 minutes mark).

While crust is baking, combine condensed milk, vanilla extract and 1 cup of chocolate chips in heavy-bottomed saucepan and cook over low-medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth. When crust has cooked for 10 minutes, remove from oven and pour chocolate mixture directly over crust, spreading gently with a spatula if necessary.

Sprinkle top with coconut, nuts, toffee bits and remaining chocolate chips. Press down to set, and return brownies to oven to continue baking at 350 for 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool, and cut into squares of desired size.

Brownies on Steroids

This are brownies made spectacular!

Recipe from Lisa @ The Cutting ...

See Brownies on Steroids on Key Ingredient.


Sandie [Inn Cuisine} said...

Oh, these are so good, aren't they?! Their name had me from the get go, but when I baked them and took that first bite...I was gone: hook, line and sinker! So delicious. Glad you enjoyed them too! Your photos turned out lovely :)

Amy said...

Well, hello there lover. Me want.

June said...

OH, LISA! See...I knew it would feel like coming home to be finally, finally, finally back here. And you had these waiting for me. OH!

Fern and Blossom and I will think of you when we eat ours.

LOVE from Maine, lots of it! We've missed you!

Taylor said...

I love Magic Cookie Bars but these look sooo much better!

Kathleen said...

I LOVE your site. I just found you from someone on tastespotting and you really made me smile. Nothing like a sense of humor hey!! Thanks for the brownie recipe. MY FAVORITE dessert in the whole world.

Kathleen said...

Oh my these look off the HOOK!!!

Kathleen said...

Hey I'd love to use your brownie photo on a post I'm writing.

kathleen ;)

solid wood furniture said...

I like the photo of the brownies! They looked so appetizing!

MrOrph said...

i'll take one, warm, with ice cream please!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Talk about addictive!!!!

Sandra said...

Your hubby was right, these so did not suck. Thanks for this recipe and your most excellent blog!
One change to the printed recipe: I added some coarse-ground sea salt to the topping mixture and it was like having salted nuts on top - yum.

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

Sandra - great idea. I'm going to try that next time! Thanks

Dorothy at Belle of the Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness gracious! These look amazing!

test it comm said...

Those brownies look so good!

Megan said...

Oh my! These have been put to the top of the must make list. Looks killer!!!

Cyndy said...

OMG, LOL about giving hubby the Ugly pieces... I do that too!

These are AWESOME and I've got another twist. A friend said to add coffee.....hmmmm- mac's coffee flavor yuummmm.

thanks for the recipe Lisa, it's fantastic!

Noreen said...

these look so delicious, and those plates are so cute