Sometimes a good idea isn’t what you thought it would be. Take for instance the time my second son, The Thinker, convinced my third son, The Engineer, to ride his bike up a hill with his eyes shut. The ensuing crash into a parked car taught #3 son that #2 son’s ideas weren’t always well thought out. Then, more recently, there was the time that my fourth son, The Comedian, suggested to a neighborhood friend that they spray Axe body spray into their hands and then light them, “to get a fire ball in their hands.” Can you see where this is going? Well, at least it didn’t lead to the emergency room, but it did lead to some burns.
Sometimes cooking ideas don’t always turn out the way I think they will either. These bars were supposed to be brownies with crazy candy and pretzels all over the top. I had seen other people play with candy, so I thought I could, too. But I forgot to think the whole thing through. I should have remembered peanut butter kiss cookies. They are baked first and then the candy goes on the hot cookies and melts all by itself without help from the oven. Instead, I went full throttle into unwrapping candy, chopping it into little pieces and sprinkling it willy-nilly all over uncooked brownie batter. I did not get my intended results.
However, I know a secret about my brownie recipe. (I am not sure if this works with brownies made from a mix). If your brownies are just too underdone, put them in the fridge and wait a few hours. They will turn into fudge bars; decadent, rich fudge bars. My dessert was saved, but I will have to try my candy idea again to get what I originally wanted.
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup flour
- ⅔ cup cocoa
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp broken pretzels
- 12-15 mini candy bars, cut into chunks (I used rolo, malted milk balls, milk duds, kit kats, hershey bars, special dark and reeses pb cups)
- Put butter in a large microwave safe bowl and heat until melted.
- Stir in sugar.
- Add eggs and stir until well incorporated.
- Add flour and cocoa.
- Add vanilla.
- Pour into a greased 9X13 pan.
- Sprinkle pretzels and candy randomly over the brownie batter.
- Bake 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
- Cool and then refrigerate.
- Cut and serve after completely cold.