Delicious Frosted Brownies are a wonderful treat to make for my kids after a long day at school and a chilly morning at the bus stop.
I typically bake year round but when the holidays come, I ramp it up just a bit. Homemade chocolate chip cookies are my specialty. I swear that it’s the use of Butter Flavored Crisco® that sets my cookies apart from all the rest. I always, always have Crisco® products on hand. I tend to stock pile it so that I can bake as soon as the mood strikes. Right now I’m sort of on the disabled list. I’m having issues with my left hand and wrist so most of my baking has come to a screeching halt. (Cue tears) Most, but not all. I managed to make several batches of these delicious frosted brownies because I had trusty ‘ol Crisco® in my stash and Pillsbury brownie mix.
I don’t need to go into detail on how to make the brownies because the instructions are all there on the box but I will give you some tips:
- If you need to your brownie mix to go far, use a foil covered cookie sheet. The brownies will come out thinner but just as delicious.
- Be sure to use a generous coat of Crisco® Cooking Spray on the foil before you pour the brownie mix on it.
- You will only need to bake the brownies for 15 minutes.
- If you plan to frost your brownies, freeze them first. Leave them as is on the cookie sheet and put the whole thing in the freezer. (After it has completely cooled from being in the oven.)
- Scoop out giant spoonfuls of frosting on the frozen brownies and spread using a rubber spatula. You will get some crumbs in your frosting but adding sprinkles at the end will hide that.
- Remove foil from the cookie sheet with brownies still in tact and cut to desired size.
As I mentioned earlier I always have Crisco® products on hand. Luckily I have a Stop & Shop about 5 minutes away that always has what I need.
I’m a sucker for simple things to bake. If that means it comes from a box mix then so be it. I have no shame in taking shortcuts. This mama does not always have time for scratch. One year I even used all boxed mixes when I made Christmas gifts for friends. I dipped cookies in chocolate; added sprinkles when the recipe didn’t call for it; I took a basic box recipe and made it my own. As long as I’m not substituting the ingredients, like Crisco, you can never go wrong.
Christmas is just a few weeks away and if you are stuck on what to make for dessert, I have just the thing to help you out! Over at The Dessert Debate there are a bunch of delicious dessert ideas (including recipes). Choose the 2 that look most appealing to you and have your friends and loved ones vote to help you decide which one to make. You can also find helpful tips and tricks for pie, cookies, decorating and cakes at The Dessert Debate.
What are some of your favorite recipes during this holiday season? Do you have any tips and tricks you could share with us? I’d love to hear!
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