Friday, February 3, 2012

Glazed Brownies

Brownies. Quite possibly Adam's most favorite dessert. EVER.

I kid you not, he walked into the kitchen after work and his eyes got as big as saucers. All I hear is "BRRROWNIES!!" [insert childish voice here]. Followed by the pitter-patter of feet walking down the hallway and seeing him holding a half-eaten brownie in one hand with a gigantic smile on his face. I'm pretty sure I made his week. :)

If you have a feeling you've seen these brownies somewhere before, you probably have. Maaaaybe in a vending machine? Or right out of a Little Debbie box? (Or even from The Spiffy Cookie?) Well forget about all those extra preservatives and un-pronounceable ingredients found in the Little Debbie version. Just poke around in your pantry and you'll probably have the majority of ingredients.

Which you absolutely should do. Make these, that is. They're dense and fudgy and the ganache just puts them over the top. Definitely outshines those prepackaged things.

Glazed Brownies
Adapted from: The Spiffy Cookie

1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons water
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup heavy cream
7 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 ounce sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Coat foil with cooking spray; set aside.

In the large work bowl of a mixer, beat together the sugars, butter, and water. Add in the eggs and vanilla. Stir until eggs are fully incorporated.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low, slowly add 1/2 of the dry ingredients to the wet. Once ingredients are almost combined, add the remaining half of dry ingredients. Stir until fully combined.

Pour batter into prepared baking pan, spreading out with a spatula. Bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool.

Meanwhile, pour the chocolate chips into a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium until it just simmers (do not boil). Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate. Let sit for 1-2 minutes, then gently start to fold the now-melted chocolate into the cream. Set aside until mostly cooled, and brownies are completely cooled.

Once brownies are cool, pour the ganache over the top, spreading evenly across the surface. Top with sprinkles. Place brownies in the fridge until ganache has set, 30 minutes to an hour.

Serves: 16

Needless to say, these brownies didn't last all that long. (Yes, for once I didn't have him take these in to work to share since I knew how much he loves brownies.) I won't even tell you how fast these disappeared... between 2 people. Ouch. My pants were not happy. But my tummy sure was!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 70g
Amount per serving
Calories 287Calories from fat 134
% Daily Value
Total Fat 14.9g23%
Saturated Fat 9.0g45%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 108mg5%
Total Carbs 38.0g13%
Fiber 2.3g9%
Sugars 26.9g
Protein 2.7g
Vitamin A 7%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 3%Iron 7%


  1. o wow, these look amazing! Its hard to beat a classic chocolate brownie (especially with sprinkles!) yum!!

  2. My kids are always pestering me to buy those store bought ones, and as a baker I refuse on principle! What a great alternative!

  3. YAY! I loved these so much, I could not stop eating them either. Thanks for the mention ;-) and happy Friday!

  4. Sounds like something I would hear coming from my boyfriend...ooooo brownies! haha

  5. Mmmm, the brownies look amazing! I don't actually like glazed ones much, but the base brownie looks so nice and fudgy :)

  6. I admit to a strange affection for the Little Debbie ones. I get a craving for them and buy them on the sly at gas stations. Now though, I get a fix at home with ones that LOOK similar but I just know are 9000 times better. YAY for brownies!

  7. Yumm!! I love a good fudgy brownine. Will try these!

    Also, love that picture with the sprinkles everywhere, great photo staging!

  8. Brownies can make anyones day better! These look so good and the sprinkles just make them perfect!

  9. YUM. These look great!

  10. These brownies and the round frosted sugar cookies are classics is the store bakery but they are so so much better from home. This is great work. I would love some now even if it means my pants might hurt.

  11. These look wonderful. We feel the same way about brownies. We have wrestling matches over the last one. Love the sprinkles.

  12. I found this recipe through Food Gawker, and had to try them. They were amazing, and the best from-scratch brownies I've made. I baked them for a family lunch, and they were a bit hit. Thanks for a great recipe! :)

  13. Adam's got the right idea! There's nothing not to love re: brownies!!!

  14. These look like classic awesome brownies to me. I could really go for one right about now. Its that kind of Friday. ><



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