We survived our first camping trip together! I’ve been camping many times before but Lane had never been, and ditto that for M and O. A good friend of mine, who has two girls the same ages as M and O, graciously invited us all to share her campsite at the beach for a few days, and we gladly accepted. Milestones were celebrated as swimming skills improved, bikes were ridden sans training wheels for the first time, toys were shared, and cooperation and gratitude were learned (yes, really). S’mores were made, and no one ended up with a flaming hot marshmallow attached to their eye. It was a great weekend and I can’t wait to camp again soon.
In my haste to pack up and head to the beach, I didn’t stop to share a fantastic brownie recipe with all of you. It’s worth the wait, and a really easy way to jazz up your favorite brownies. You could use a boxed brownie mix for this and it would work just fine. I like to make my favorite brownies as a base for these, as they hold up well to being slathered in marshmallow and drizzled in chocolate. I’m not sure I’ve met a brownie that wouldn’t lend itself to that, but I’m sure they’re out there. The chocolate drizzle is achieved one of two ways- you can either use canned frosting that’s been heated and melted, or melt either milk or semi-sweet chocolate morsels and drizzle that on. The latter is what I did, but instructions for either method are below.
Marshmallow Brownies With Chocolate Drizzle
for the brownies (OR 1 9×13 inch pan of your favorite brownies):
- 1 C. (2 sticks) butter
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3/4 C. cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 C. sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 C. flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
for frosting and topping:
- 1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow cream (such as Fluff)
- 2/3 C. chocolate frosting OR 2/3 C. milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
To make the brownies, heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9×13 glass baking dish.
Put the butter in a medium sauce pan and heat over medium heat, stirring, until melted. Pour melted butter into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
Stir in sugar and vanilla.
Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
Add cocoa and beat well until blended.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and stir to combine.
Add flour mixture to cocoa mixture and beat well to combine.
Pour the batter evenly into greased baking dish.
Bake 30-35 minutes, until brownies pull away from the sides of the pan.
When the brownies are completely cooled, spread the marshmallow cream evenly over the top of the brownies.
To make the chocolate drizzle with frosting, put the frosting in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate frosting over the marshmallow topping.
To use chocolate chips, put the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each increment, until the chocolate is melted. Use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the top of the marshmallow topping.
Makes 20 servings.