I can't believe we're already half way through. I hope everyone is enjoying the 12 days of christmas so far! I know I am! Getting to make all of my favorite recipes and doing all these crafty things has really been reviving my spirit as of late. Ok on with day six...
I'm not sure how brownies are Christmas food, but I think they could make really cute little gifts to surprise friends with. In the brownie world, there are cakey and fudgey and people who like one usually don't like the other. I'm a fudgey brownie gal myself so I'm going to show you my trick for making any brownie recipe extra fudgey and wonderful.
The secret ingredient to fudgey brownies = chocolate syrup. You can replace almost all the fat in any brownie recipe (even the boxed kind) with chocolate syrup and it will result in a fudgey and lower fat alternative. Cool right?!
For this recipe you'll need:
4 T. butter
1/4c. chocolate syrup
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 c. flour
1/2 c. cocoa
pinch of salt
1 T. vanilla (or less to taste)
optional mix-ins: marshmallows, nuts, chocolate chips ( I used two handfuls each of walnuts and chocolate chips for my brownies)
Pick some mix ins. I just eye-balled it and used a couple of hand fulls of walnuts and chocolate chips
Line your baking dish with parchment paper becuase fudgey means sticky unfortunately and you want to be able to get these out of the pan! Bake them in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes (this will vary).
This is the hardest part, waiting for them to cool. They have to be cool in order to cut, so give them at least 2 hours, but it works best if you wait overnight. I like to lift them out of the pan with the parchment paper to cool on the counter.
If you want big pieces cut them in to 9 pieces. I wanted small ones for gift-giving so I cut them into 16 pieces.
wrap with wax paper secured with a sticker tag. and then I wrapped mine with kraft paper and a scrap of yarn.
Enjoy! Download the tags and recipe below :)