Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

As I write this, it’s 7:55 pm, and I’m strongly wishing I could go to bed right now. I don’t even have work in the morning. I cannot possibly express how happy I am to have turned my alarm off and not have to get up at any specific time tomorrow morning. I’m definitely an old lady. 

I also can’t believe Easter has snuck up so quickly. It’s still absolutely frigid here, so that may be part of the reason it hadn’t occurred to me that the Easter bunny might be visiting soon. Or it could be that I’m so completely consumed by my work schedule that I’m lucky to know what day it is most of the time, let alone the season. I have a blessed four day weekend coming my way, and two weeks in which I will hopefully be able to work relatively uninterrupted by teen angst. I’m worried it won’t be enough. 

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Allow me to sneak in a recipe that ticks that Easter box and also helps us smother our stress in the most ridiculous chocolate situation you can imagine. These Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies are just unreal. Not only does every piece have half a Cadbury Creme Egg submerged in its fudgy depths, but the brownies themselves are so gooey and dense they almost shouldn’t be allowed. Geoff and I ate this whole pan between us. It was hard work, but I don’t regret a single bite.

These brownies are really easy to make. You might want to bake yours a little bit longer than I did. I had to refrigerate mine in order to keep them from falling apart. I thought initially they were too gooey, but when I was actually eating them, it was amazing. So if you’re worried about salmonella or something stupid like that, take your brownies more into the properly baked zone. Chopping your Cadbury Creme Eggs can be a little bit tricky, so I recommend buying an extra one just in case one of yours gets crushed in the chopping process. The good news is, you get to eat leftover Creme Eggs while your brownies are baking then cooling. As these are by far the best Easter candy, this can only be a good thing. 

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I hope your Easter is filled with joy and chocolate and that you don’t think about work once the entire weekend. 

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies
Serves 9
Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies are about to make your Easter chocolate next level awesome.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 185 grams unsalted butter
  2. 185 grams chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 275 grams sugar
  5. 85 grams all purpose flour
  6. 40 grams cocoa powder
  7. a pinch of salt
  8. 5 Cadbury Creme Eggs, cut in half top to bottom
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 and butter a 9x9 inch pan.
  2. Put butter and chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat for thirty seconds at a time, stirring after each interval. Continue until everything is smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Crack your eggs into a bowl and add sugar. Beat them together until they're pale and fluffy and double in size. You can use an electric mixer or get your arm workout for the day by using a whisk.
  4. Pour your melted butter and chocolate into the egg mixture and fold to combine. Keep working until the streaks are gone.
  5. Sift your flour, cocoa powder, and salt into the batter. Gently fold this in.
  6. Pour your brownie batter into your prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the brownies from the oven and gently drp your Cadbury Creme Eggs, cut side up, into the the partly cooked brownies. They should sink in on their own.
  8. Return the brownies to the oven for 15 minutes or so, depending on your desired gooeyness level. They may take a bit longer if you want them completely cooked through.
  9. Torture yourself by allowing these to cool completely before cutting. Good luck.
Notes
  1. If you do manage do cut all your creme eggs properly, you can make each serving a bit smaller by dropping in three rows of four creme egg halves.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
http://awesomeon20.com/
S'mores Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

S’mores Brownies

S'mores Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Usually I try to start a blog post by writing something fun or weird about life. We don’t have time for that nonsense today, my friends.

Guys, these S’mores Brownies are seriously one of the most outrageously delicious things I’ve ever eaten in my life. There aren’t really enough superlatives to describe just how amazing they are. The lighting in these photos cannot convey the perfect combination of buttery crust, fudgy brownie, and sweet, sticky roasted marshmallows. I absolutely insist you make these. Can you sense my excitement?

S'mores Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

True, it’s a bit of a longer process to make these than your average brownie, but it’s 100% worth it. The graham cracker crust comes together just like any pie or cheesecake. So maybe you have to melt some chocolate, but make your life easy and do it in the microwave. It’s the double chocolate action that makes these brownies extra awesome. And whatever you do, don’t walk away while the marshmallows are under the broiler. It’s a cliche, but honestly, the hardest part is waiting for them to cool.

Oh, one more tricky bit. The sticky marshmallows make these a pain in the ass to cut. Wait until the brownies cool completely, then use a slightly damp sharp knife to cut them. Just hold the knife under the tap and then give it a few shakes to remove any excess water. You still have to be careful, but it definitely helps.

S'mores Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Just stop what you’re doing and make these S’mores Brownies. Your awesomeness might just depend on it.

S'mores Brownies
Serves 15
S'mores Brownies are among the best foods you'll ever eat in your life. For real.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
For the crust
  1. 9 graham crackers (1 sleeve)
  2. 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) butter, melted
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the brownies
  1. 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (or use chocolate chips)
  2. 1/2 cup (4 ounces) butter, softened
  3. 1-1/2 cups sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. Approximately 1/2 large bag of mini marshmallows (you'll need enough to make an even single layer across the top of a 13x9 inch pan.
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (175C) and line a 13x9 inch baking pan with parchment paper. If you leave a little bit of paper hanging out on each side, you'll be able to lift the whole thing out of the pan easily to cut it later.
For the crust
  1. Add your graham crackers to a food processor and blitz them to bits. We're looking for fine crumbs here.
  2. Add the sugar and salt to the food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
  3. Add the melted butter to the processor and pulse until you have a mixture like wet sand.
  4. Transfer your crumb mixture to the pan and press it evenly into the bottom. Stash this in the fridge while you get on with the brownie batter.
For the brownies
  1. Melt your chopped chocolate in a microwavable dish by heating it for 30 seconds and then giving it a quick stir with a rubber spatula. Repeat this until everything is melted. Set aside to cool down a bit.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat the eggs in one at a time until well combined.
  4. Turn your mixer down to low and slowly add in the melted chocolate. Make sure you scrape out every last luscious drop.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
  6. With your mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients until just combined.
  7. Retrieve your pan with its waiting crust from the fridge. Use your rubber spatula to scoop out dollops of the batter all around the pan until you have all that goodness scraped out. Use an offset spatula (or a butter knife. That's almost as good.) to ever so gently spread the batter evenly over the crust. Try not to disturb your lovely crumbs.
  8. Bake the brownies for about 25 minutes. Better underbaked than overbaked, in my opinion.
  9. Once you have your brownies out of the oven, switch your broiler on.
  10. Dump your mini-marshmallows onto your brownies. You want to create one even, single layer of marshmallows.
  11. Pop your pan back in the oven under the broiler. DO NOT walk away. Keep a close eye on your marshmallows as they brown. Once you have achieved peak roastiness, remove your brownies from the oven to cool. Don't worry if there's a bit of smoke. If you've kept your eye on things the whole time, you'll be fine.
  12. Let those brownies sit there until they're completely cool. Use a damp, sharp knife to cut them into 15 squares. Do your very best not to wolf them all down in five minutes.
Adapted from Heather Christo
Adapted from Heather Christo
http://awesomeon20.com/
Mexican Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Mexican Brownies

Mexican Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Yesterday was our anniversary. I put on my wedding dress and we went to a nice restaurant where I drank wine and ate as much cheese as I damn well pleased. We even ordered dessert. People looked at me like I was crazy. I did not care. I’m 36 years old. I’ve been weird the whole time. I’m used to it.

I currently have purple hair. I work in a homeless shelter. I have pet chickens. I lived in Taiwan for two years. I’ve been on an insane “watch everything Star Trek” quest for the past year. I take photos of my food on my kid’s bed. There’s is no denying it. I’m a weird kid through and through.

Mexican Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Brownies are not weird, but Mexican Brownies with chili and cinnamon are potentially slightly less than normal. You know what else they are? Awesome.

I got a bar of chocolate infused with chili as a gift from one of my volunteers. I thought of eating it immediately, but for once, I showed some restraint and saved it for you guys. I replaced some of the chocolate in a basic brownie recipe with the chocolate from that bar, and enhanced the awesomeness with some ground cayenne and cinnamon.

The result is a chewy brownie with a hint of heat and that little something extra that cinnamon adds to chocolate. It will take a moment before you even realize that you’re eating something a little, well, weird. Then you’ll embrace the weirdness and be happy because you’re eating a super tasty, slightly spicy, chocorific brownie.

Mexican Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Make Mexican Brownies. Be weird. Be awesome

Mexican Brownies
Serves 24
Mexican Brownies have a little bit of heat, a hint of cinnamon, and a whole lot of chocolate.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bar chocolate with chili
  2. 2.5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips or enough to equal six ounces after the bar of chocolate
  3. 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  6. 1 cup sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  10. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and grease a 13x9 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large pan, melt butter and chocolate over medium low heat stirring frequently.
  3. While you're waiting this to melt, measure out and combine the remaining ingredients, except for the eggs.
  4. Once the butter and chocolate are melted and smooth, remove from heat. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each egg in completely before adding the next. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  5. Pour the batter into your waiting pan and spread evenly. Bake for 18-20 minutes. If you let them cool completely, they'll be easier to cut. If you can't wait that, I won't judge you.
Adapted from Nestle
Adapted from Nestle
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