Monday, October 12, 2015
Crock Pot Brownies
Where do I begin with this one? Yes, I made amazing, fudgy brownies in my crock pot. They were super easy to make with a bunch of pantry staples and we practically inhaled them. Mostly topped with ice cream. to the point that I thought I might need to make another batch because there was barely anything left for me to use for pictures. And that wouldn't have been a bad thing. Except for the part where my pants would be snug. I don't know, snug pants might be worth it for how chocolatey and delicious these brownies turned out. I've been wanting to make a few more desserts in my crock pot lately, after making coffee cake and banana bread in the past, so when I saw this recipe from my Secret Recipe Club assignment, I knew my mind was made up.
What's Secret Recipe Club? Each Monday a group of bloggers post a recipe they've made from another blogger's repertoire. Nobody knows who's featuring their blog until that day and it's a fun chance to visit new blogs and try something different. Visit some of the other bloggers in my group by checking out the blog hop at the bottom of this post. To learn more about Secret Recipe Club, click here. Since I've been struggling to keep up with posting new recipes (will someone please tell me exactly where the time goes), I've decided that this month will be my last month posting for Secret Recipe Club. While I've loved posting with this amazing group of bloggers for four years (!), it's just not fair to the bloggers assigned to me that I haven't been able to keep up with new recipes to share. Hopefully life will calm to a reasonable speed and I'll be able to get back to a more regular schedule soon.
In the meantime, I'm thrilled to take my final bow with Secrets Recipe Club by baking from my assigned blog, Oh! You Cook! by Dena. Dena is a librarian, blogger and author with a focus on delicious kosher foods. And her cookbook is specifically dedicated to crock pot meals! So while I most certain was taken by her Snowball Brownie Squares, Challah Bread, and Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake, I knew I wanted to try a crock pot recipe. So I narrowed it down to Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos and these Slow Cooker Brownies. In the end my sweet tooth won (though we may still have a fun twist on Taco Tuesday sometime soon), and I'm so glad I made these brownies. And I'll make them again. Maybe tonight. I omitted the nuts because I wanted the full on fudgyness, but these brownies are perfect for mix-ins. Nuts, candies, caramels (oooh, caramel swirl!)--anything would be perfect with these. Dave loved the firm edge and I loved the gooey center, which made for a little fighting since the "pan" was round, so technically, all the slices could have counted as edges and middle took up everything that didn't actually touch the sides of the crock pot stoneware. (We managed to figure it out without too much fighting.) So clean the chili out of your crock pot and whip up these amazing brownies. And visit Dena's blog for lots of delicious looking recipes and a more crock pot goodies!
Crock Pot Brownies
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
In a medium microwave safe bowl, melt butter in microwave for 60 seconds at 50% power, then in 30 second increments at 50% power until completely melted. Whisk in sugar, then eggs and vanilla until combined.
Gradually stir flour mixture into butter mixture until just combined.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Line the stoneware of a 4 quart crock pot with a large piece of aluminum foil, allowing the foil to come up the sides a few inches. Spray with cooking spray. Transfer batter into crock pot.
Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours. When edges are dry and center is set, remove lid and cook on low for another 30 minutes.
Turn crock pot off and let cool for about an hour. Use foil to lift from the stoneware and cut into bars or pieces. Serve with ice cream if desired.
Makes 12 bars.
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