Friday, April 22, 2011

M&M Brownies

Candy in brownies? Why not!
It's been a week. You know those weeks? Yes, one of those. And now finally it's the long weekend and the boy and I have some time to decompress and reconnect. We spent today lounging around, doing some grocery shopping, and decorating Easter eggs. Holidays are infinitely more fun with a little one around, and his excitement is a bit contagious.

One of our favourite things to do together is bake. He's quickly caught on that it's a way we can spend time together, and if he asks late enough in the evening, he might just get to stay up a little past bedtime to taste one of the cookies or cakes we've made, curled up on the couch with a cold glass of milk and some cuddles.

The other night we whipped up these brownies, having impulse bought some M&M baking chips in the afternoon. I don't remember whose idea it was to add candy to the brownies, but I'd like to blame it on the 4-year-old.
(Okay, it was me).
M&M Brownies

Mix in a bowl:
1-1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Melt 1 cup butter in a saucepan (on low heat).
Remove from heat.  Stir in 1 cup cocoa.
Blend in 2 cups sugar, 4 eggs and 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla.

Add dry ingredients to chocolate mixture.
Add 1 1/2 cups mini M&M baking chips.

Pour batter into greased 13x9x2 inch pan.  Bake 350 deg. F. 25 - 30 minutes.
Do not overbake. Do not overeat.

18 comments:

  1. they're cute - who needs a 4yo - no excuses required !

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  2. My itty bitty's Achilles Heel are M&Ms. It's the treat we use to coax him for potty training. Haha! This would be the perfect treat to make for him. I love how fun they look. Yummy!

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  3. Such a cute post. :) I love these brownies...they are so colorful. Who could resist having one or two?

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  4. i like that you tagged this post to "no more drama." !

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  5. The M&Ms add such great color to those brownies, the look so fun!

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  6. What a rainbow! A great addition to any kid-brownies (along with some serious milk and cuddle time :) ). I totally know what you mean about needing time to decompress - that exactly how we felt after Bake for the Quake! Don't worry about not making an appearance - I'm sure there will be a lot more bakers markets out there this summer. Let me know if you plan on setting up a table at one of them and we'll make sure to drop by :)

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  7. Leanne - do you know how much I LOVE brownies? And m&ms... it's one of the toppings i always get when I get yogurt :) I love mini m&ms... I think it has a better ratio of candy to chocolate ratio!

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  8. These look great, perfect for a children's birthday party but equally tempting for adults too. x

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  9. Oh dear. Now I've seen these as well as the Espresso ones. How will I choose which to make first?! The only solution is to make both...

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  10. AMAZING! Made them one week ago and now i'm making them again! 10x better than boxed brownies:)

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  11. These look great! i'm going to make them for tomorrow :D hope they turn out good. Fingers crossed! :)

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  12. I just made these and they came out so deliciously moist and I love the little crunch I get from the mini m&ms. They also give a little color. Thank you!

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  14. Question: when you say cocoa, do you mean unsweetened baking cocoa or hot cocoa mix? Might be a dumb question, but im a bit of a stickler for clarity - especially for my first time trying out a recipe..

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    1. Definitely cocoa powder, not a drink mix.

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  15. how do you make sure that the m&m would not sink down to the bottom of the brownies?

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