Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Twix Brownies

I haven't been baking much lately.  I wish I could say it was because I've been eating tons of vegetables....um, no.  Pretty sure you wouldn't believe me anyway.  No, I've just been busy, busy.  Busy with parties, kids, egg hunts, life, book reading, Scandal watching, oh....and eating Easter candy, lots and lots of Easter candy.
Brownies are perfect when you need a great baked treat.  These brownies only require one pot and some very simple ingredients.  I decided to take these brownies up just a notch.  I folded in some chopped up snack size Twix.  Also, some caramel bits, because I can.  Maybe I should have tossed in some Easter candy.  Oh yeah, I ate all of it.
Twix Brownies
makes one 8x8 pan
12 Tablespoons butter (1 and 1/2 sticks)
1 and 3/4 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup flour
1 and 1/2 cups chopped Twix bars
1/2 cups caramel bits 
Preheat oven to 350.  Line an 8x8 pan with foil, leaving a large overhang for removal.  Generously coat the foil with cooking spray.  
In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter.  Remove from heat, whisk in sugar, vanilla, and salt.  Whisk until smooth, about 1 minute.  Add eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition.  Add the cocoa powder and flour, stir until just blended, careful not to overmix.  Fold in Twix and caramel bits.  Bake for 40 mins.  Brownies may appear underdone, but don't bake longer than 45 minutes.
I shared some, okay one, with Darling Husband and he didn't love the Twix.  I shared the rest with some friends and they loved the Twix.  I guess you better get in the kitchen and come to your own conclusions.