Brownies | Inspired by Charm

You’ll have to forgive my absence these past couple days. As I mentioned last week, I’m shutting down my little gift shoppe and the big clearance sale started yesterday. I spent most of the weekend and Monday setting everything up, pricing items, and then, inadvertently cleaning out my basement. I actually have more than 20 bags of stuff to trash and donate. I can’t tell you how great it feels to be clearing things out. I want to simplify everything now.

To make up for a few days away, I want to share a bodacious brownie recipe with you. A couple weekends back my friend Krista’s in-laws were visiting her new house. Her mother-in-law Dot made some of the most fabulous brownies I’ve ever tasted and I decided I just had to recreate them. They literally take minutes to make. Plus, you can customize them to your liking. It doesn’t get any better than that, right?

Brownies | Inspired by Charm

First off, a huge thanks to Dot for the delicious inspiration.

To make these brownies, you will need two boxes of your favorite brownie mix and four king-size bars of your favorite chocolate. Dot used Hersheys Milk Chocolate Bars. I’m using Hershey’s Cookies and Cream.

Brownies | Inspired by Charm

I didn’t have the exact recipe, so I did a little research online and found a few variations. This combination seems to be the best.

Basically, you just mix up your boxes of brownie mix according to the package directions. I like mine “cake like” so I throw in an extra egg.

Brownies | Inspired by Charm

Half of your brownie mix goes into the pan, then you layer in the chocolate bars. Then cover with the other half of your brownie mix. I lined my pan with aluminum foil as directed in one of the recipes. This made removing and cutting the brownies super easy.

Brownies | Inspired by Charm

Brownies | Inspired by Charm

That’s it! I told you they were simple. Just, wait ’til you try them. They are so wonderfully delicious. I recommend eating them warm because the layer of melted candy bar is perfect that way. The candy bar will firm up a little bit as the brownies cool. But, in all honesty, I’ll eat them either way.

Brownies | Inspired by Charm

Cookies and Cream Filled Brownies

Here’s what you’ll need.

2 boxes of brownie mix (plus the ingredients you’ll need to mix them together)
cooking spray
4 (4 ounce) candy bars

Let’s get baking!

Prepare the brownie mix according to the directions on the package.

Line a 13 x 9-inch cake pan with aluminum foil. Spray the bottom with cooking spray. Spread half of the brownie mix into the cake pan. Place the candy bars as close as possible to one another on the batter. You may have to break up one of the bars. Cover with remaining batter.

Since you are doubling up on the cake batter, these take about 35 – 40 minutes to bake. You can test their doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center. When it comes out clean, your brownies are done.

When the browinies are cool, the aluminum foil allows you to easily lift the brownies out of the pan and makes cutting them a breeze.

Brownies | Inspired by Charm

I hope you enjoyed this simple recipe. Have you tried this before? What other fun ideas do you have for jazzing up store-bought brownie mix?

Cookies and Cream Filled Brownies

Brownies | Inspired by Charm

By Michael Wurm, Jr. Published: August 14, 2013

    Author: Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. Prepare the brownie mix according to the directions on the package.
    2. Line a 13 x 9-inch cake pan with aluminum foil. Spray the bottom with cooking spray. Spread half of the brownie mix into the cake pan. Place the candy bars as close as possible to one another on the batter. You may have to break up one of the bars. Cover with remaining batter.
    3. Since you are doubling up on the cake batter, these take about 35 - 40 minutes to bake. You can test their doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center. When it comes out clean, your brownies are done.
    4. When the browinies are cool, the aluminum foil allows you to easily lift the brownies out of the pan and makes cutting them a breeze.

      Comments

      • Jenn @ Home Style Report at

        Oh man those look tasty! Stellar use of “bodacious” btw…I must reintroduce that back into my vocabulary!

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          They are so delicious!

          xo Michael

      • JulieD at

        First things first, these look amazing!!!

        Second, congrats on making that huge decision, Michael! I can’t wait to see what you do for your new office! :)

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          Thank you so much Julie! I can’t wait to create my new space. I’m so excited!!

          xo Michael

      • Jamie G at

        My daughters when back to school today and I have a sudden urge to simplify our entire house.

        I LOVE cookies and cream candy bars. I tried using the cookies and cream drops in some cookies and they didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. The drops just aren’t the same as the candy bars. These brownies sound like they would totally satisfy my craving!

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          There are so many new candies out there – we just have to keep experimenting until we find the perfect recipe. Hope you like the brownies!

          xo Michael

      • Dawn at

        Dumb question, but when you say you throw in an extra egg, do you mean 1 extra egg per box of briwnie mix or just 1 extra egg total ?

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          I thought that might be misleading. Sorry about that. I follow the directions on the box for the cake-like brownies (which usually includes adding an extra egg.) Make sense?

          Thanks!
          xo Michael

      • Emily at

        I make these brownies with the Symphony Almond and Toffee Bar. Delicious!!

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          That sounds perfect! A must try!

          xo Michael

        • Virginia P at

          I do too — they are great too. But, I love the cookies and cream candy bar — this is on my list for this weekend to celebrate/mourn back to school Monday!!

      • Laurel H at

        I am seriously in love with the Ghirardelli Coconut Rendezvous chocolate bars. I think they would be absolutely divine in these brownies! Thanks for the inspiration!

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          Oooo! I need to try these for sure!

          xo Michael

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          Hahaha. They are pretty amazing. And so delicious.

          xo Michael

      • Carla at

        I have a bag of mini Hershey cookies and cream bars to use up. Love this idea with the brownies!

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          Fantastic idea! Let me know how they turn out!

          xo Michael

      • Margot C at

        Oh boy, I have a certain stepson who is gonna go for these in a big way.

      • Nikita at

        You and your sweet tooth! That tooth of yours gets mine riled up. I have to try these!

      • DRTVrMoi at

        My mother had a motto: “If it takes more than 15 minutes, it’s gourmet cooking”. Mom would love this recipe. I’ll be trying it today on my cousins. If they survive, it’s a success. Thank you from the domestically challenged.

      • Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil at

        Oh my goodness! These look amazing! Such a beautiful job on the pictures too!!!

      • LA at

        Made this today, but found that it took about 60 minutes to bake this babies.
        Wasn’t my oven, as I watched the temp on the oven thermometer, and it was a consistent 350F. Not sure if I did something wrong or what.

        They look amazing, can’t wait to give them a try. :)

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          Maybe my oven is too hot! Haha. I’ll have to bake them up again to test the length of time. Any excuse to make brownies is a good one. At any rate, thanks for letting me know.

          xo Michael

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          Thank you so much Donna!

          xo Michael

      • LindaH at

        I have made these with mini York Peppermint Patties in the middle. TO.DIE.FOR.

      • terri odea at

        Made these for new years eve. Big hit! Everyone loved them. Have you ever made them without the extra eggs? (Not the cakelike)

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          Terri – So glad to hear! Nope, I’ve always made my brownies ‘cake-like’.

          xo Michael

      • MMO at

        In making these I use the XL size of the Hersey’s bars…3 across and it pretty much fits….also found using a plastic knife to cut while still pretty warm helps….you are able to score it before the candy bar sets up hard again.

      • Tbone at

        Has anyone ever tried Ghiradelli’s caramel chocolate squares in the brownies?

        You can also add the caramel sheets for baking caramel apples in the middle and throw in some pecans. Put in between your batter as well.

      • Amy at

        Omg amazing!!!! I made these a second time with a variation. Peanut butter in the brownies and Mr Goodbars in the middle. Delicious! Thank you!

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