Ellen introduced me to a version of this brownie utopia, and boy is it good. I fudged around with it a little, but anyway you treat these chocolate-lover heaven brownies should turn out mouth-watering delights. My original plan was to make these for a mourning friend in hopes that their all-healing power would transfer on to her, but while shopping I had to buy ingredients for two batches.
What you will need:
2 boxes of brownie mix (and the ingredients according to the directions on the box)
1 12 oz. bag of chocolate chips (or heath candy, or Milky Way, or mint chocolate, or anything you wouldn’t normally eat in abundance)
desired amount of nuts
1 can of frosting
These are actually quite simple. In a mixing bowl combine the two boxes of mix and the ingredients for one and a half of the directions. I used a box of fudgy brownie mix, a box of milk chocolate brownie mix, 4 eggs, 1/3 cup of water, and a half cup of oil. Mix until all the powder disappears into a sea of dark brown batter. Pour the bag of chocolate chips in. Dark chocolate counteracts the overpoweringly chocolate flavor of these rich brownies, but for this recipe I added a bag of pre-mixed peanut-butter and milk chocolate chips. Crush up your nuts and toss them into the mixing bowl of batter. I used about three handfuls of walnuts. The nuts really break up the amount of chocolate as well, and I had a non-nut lover actually state that it was better with them in this recipe. You can use pecans, walnuts, or any other nut you have in your cabinet. Next pour the mix into a greased 13″ x 9″ pan and toss in the oven for exactly the stated time on the box of mix.
It may appear slightly uncooked (If it is runny, by all means continue cooking these. Use your judgement here.) where the toothpick doesn’t come out totally clean, but they will keep cooking. I toss them in the fridge for 15-20 minutes after this step and wait until they are cooled. Using the whole can of frosting (here I chose to use dark chocolate since I did not throw in dark chips) and frost the top of the brownies. Throw them back in the fridge until the frosting firms up, and enjoy the chocolate lover’s dream. Each bite will bring melting brownie with pieces of slightly harder chips and nuts creating a flavor shock. The frosting melts nicely and when re-hardened becomes the perfect topper. Frosting can often be too overpowering, but I believe that on these it pairs well enough to keep you from falling into a chocolate coma. My dad and his girlfriend used to mail these treats to me for birthdays in a disposable container, and I tried really hard to share. The trick to mailing them (though costly as they weigh a ton and a half) is to freeze them so they thaw along the way.