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Symphony Brownies

10 Mar

We are having a potluck lunch at my church tomorrow to celebrate a member of our church turning 94 (wow!) and to welcome our new interim pastor and his wife.  I always enjoy spending time with the wonderful members of my church family so I am really looking forward to tomorrow.

I spent a little time cooking today so I would have less to do in the morning.  It is always a mad rush for us all to get ready and dressed up and out the door in time for Sunday School, so the less I have to do in the morning, the better.  Especially considering the fact that time changes tonight, so we’ll all probably be a bit sluggish in the morning.

I made Symphony Brownies this morning (with the help of my little assistant, Maddie).

She is going to be a genius in the kitchen!

She is going to be a genius in the kitchen!

Symphony Brownies have been one of my go-to desserts for years now.  My mom originally found the recipe from Paula Dean, and we both use it quite often. I have made a few changes over time and think I have finally perfected the recipe!

Symphony Brownies

2 boxes Duncan  Hines Brownie Mix (I prefer the triple chocolate chunk)

3 eggs (2 if you like a more cake-like brownie)

2/3 cup canola oil

2/3 cup of brewed coffee

2 Symphony Bars with Toffee (in the blue and white packaging)

Mix the brownie mix, eggs, oil, and coffee just until blended.  Spread half of the mix into a 9×13 inch pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Break up the candy bars into chunks and layer it on top of the brownie mix.  Top this with the other half of the mix.  Cook at 350 for about 45-50 mins.  This takes awhile to cook because it is so thick, so make sure that you check it by sticking a knife or toothpick into it to check for doneness.  I like mine rather gooey, so you may want to cook yours for longer if you would like your brownies more cake-like.

This is the real reason Maddie likes to help out in the kitchen so much!

This is the real reason Maddie likes to help out in the kitchen so much!

Charlie came in to get a little taste.

Charlie came in to get a little taste.

Mixing the Ingredients

Mixing the Ingredients

The 2nd layer-you may want to buy an extra candy bar to eat!

The 2nd layer-you may want to buy an extra candy bar to eat!

Yummy Goodness-so good when they're hot out of the oven

Yummy Goodness-so good when they’re hot out of the oven

I hope these make it to lunch tomorrow!

I hope these make it to lunch tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chocolate Pretzel Sticks

12 Feb

As part of my secret conspiracy to turn Mama into a stay-at-home Gaga so I can have a convenient babysitter to watch the kids while I spend my days more leisurely, I gave into Mama’s whim to do a “project” with the kids and make chocolate covered pretzels for Valentine’s Day.  She has been asking me to buy the ingredients for a few days, so I finally picked everything up yesterday and took the children over to Mama’s this morning to spend the morning creating with Gaga.

We really did have fun making simple, yummy pretzel rods covered in sprinkles.  All we did was melt some vanilla quik candy in the microwave, dip some long pretzel rods in the candy, then cover them in candy sprinkles.  The kids had their own separate plates and all of the broken pretzel pieces, so anyone who does happen to receive one of these from us doesn’t have to worry about catching their colds!

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Charlie took his pretzel-making duties very seriously!

Maddie enjoying some of the salty sweet yumminess.

Maddie enjoying some of the salty sweet yumminess.

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Little hands hard at work.

Little hands hard at work.

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Finished product!  Chocolate covered pretzel rods.  They are so good!

Finished product! Chocolate covered pretzel rods. They are so good!

So we had a great morning with Gaga.  I don’t think I will be able to convince her to retire, though. It seems the world is working against me…