halloween trickery

How cute are these mini brownie bites frosted with buttercream? I decorated them with my special frosting recipe, but I'll tell you a little something about the brownies. If you promise not to blab it around.

As much as I lurrve to bake from scratch, realistically I don't always have the time. And if the confessional is open, I have to tell you: I can't bake brownies. Not gooey, soft, fudgey brownies that everyone begs for. Before the advent of the silicone baking pan in fact, I'd never successfully turned a batch out intact. Every brownie recipe I've tried has been dry, crumbly and only half-assed chocolatey.

The very best brownie recipe that I've ever found goes something like this:

1 egg
1/3 cup water
1 package Safeway chocolate brownie mix
*bake according to package directions

... and really, I tell you this because I have tried. I have experimented with every brand of mix out there: the grocery store brand names, the ones with brand name candy added, the ones with unpronounceable, fancy, pretentious names. They don't work for me. I'm jinxed. The very best success I've ever had with brownies is with the Safeway store brand.

I'm not even usually drawn to store brand products, so I have no idea why I swear by this particular boxed brownie, but there you have it. Your dose of reality for the day. Saucy is hopelessly, completely and utterly incapable of baking a scratch brownie.

So if you have an infallible recipe, by all means... send it along and I'll test it. I'll make a mess of it, but I'll test it.

I managed to pack up and mail Jack and Moira's Halloween box of goodies yesterday. I hope it arrives in time for them to enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows after they go trick-o-treating.

Is it just me, or do you find the Halloween goodies out there hopelessly cute? I dragged all this stuff home from Detroit.

And so, please send me your brownie recipes... if you think I can handle it. My buttercream recipe is at the bottom of this post.


alittlebitofscrap said...

Actually Safeway makes a delicious little bite size brownie that I think is wonderful! I think the trick in baking a good brownie is not "over-mixing" the mix. I've always used the Hershey's recipe and it works really good for me. Good Luck!

Coco said...

I love how you decorated your blog for Halloween. Love the creeps. Very cute.

tonya said...

Love your blog! I always use the Baker's One Bowl Brownie recipe. It's always great....it's on the back of an 8 oz package of Bakers Unsweetened Baking Chocolate Squares.

Good Luck!

Carmen said...

It's so funny that you'd post this. I cannot make brownies from scratch either. The box I use is Duncan Hines Triple Chocolate Decadence European Style. These are the best that I have found. (We don't have Safeway here.)


Your brownies are too cute.

ChaChaneen said...

ha ha Love the batman masks on your family pics! Really cute!

I too, use the store bought brownie mixes!

CuteStuffInside said...

Okay, I give up - where's the buttercream frosting recipe?


Anonymous said...

I know you use cake mixes for your cupcakes, so I highly recommend the brownie mix that you can buy at Costco (Saskatoon). The brownies NEVER fail and are so moist and delicious. I always keep a box (4 individual pkgs inside, that you just add water, oil, and an egg to) on hand. The only problem, is smelling and waiting for the brownies while they bake.....toooooo delicious!

The Berry's Patch said...

This is my family's favorite brownie recipe.

Mississippi Mud Brownies

2 cups sugar
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
4 eggs
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbl vanilla
1 cup pecans (optional)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 9x13 pan. Cream together sugar and butter in large bowl. Add one egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spoon batter into pan and bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes.

I use only 1 1/4 cup of flour to make them gooey. Enjoy! :-)

The Berry's Patch said...

Oops. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 cup of flour and I use only 1 1/4 cup.

MJ said...

Can't help you on the brownies recipe. My mother's brownies are always dry and not chewy. I use Martha's Brownie recipe but it isn't as chewy as I'd like. Brownies really have a texture thing that I cherish and I've been thwarted too! But I can't do the mixes!

Saucy said...

Well, sometimes a mix is okay. Realistically is is just a premeasured amount of flour, cocoa and sugars... you add the fresh ingredients. I don't mind slipping in the occasional mix into my repertoire, I just make sure to use the best ingredients with it and i jazz it up with freshness.

babies said...

So cute.. love the creeps..great!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

You aren't kidding about brownies. We agree that box brownies are WAY better than scratch for the same reason.

Tracy said...

So funny...I just took a batch of Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownies out of the oven. There's nothing like out-of-the-box brownies!

Tracy said...

BTW, I've lurrrrved seeing you published over at the Women's Colony recently!

Amy said...

This is my dad's recipe, he combined many recipes till he got this.
1 c. oil 2 c. sugar
1/2 c. cocoa 4 eggs
1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c flour

Mix oil and cocoa together. Beat in sugar, add eggs one at a time, blending well with mixture. Add vanilla. Add flour and salt. Add nuts, if desired. pour into greased 8x8 pan. Bake at 350 for 24-30 mins. (20-25 for fudgey and 30-32 for double batch)

Jackie said...

I agree with you!!! I have tried some horrible brownie recipes. I like the "No Pudge About It" Brownie mix. All you add is a container of non fat vanilla yogurt. They are fabulous! I will try the safeway ones.

TidyMom said...

not a recipe, but our most VERY favorite brown mix is Ghiradelli Double Chocolate!! we make brownies here all of the time, and this mix wins hands down in our house!! http://www.continentalmills.com/brands/ghirardelli/brownie_mixes/Double_Chocolate_Brownie_Mix/


hello-emma said...

This is the best fudge brownie recipe ever!


3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
100 grams white chocolate, chopped into smaller pieces
200 grams milk chocolate,chopped into smaller sized pieces
2½ teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
for the frosting:

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
150 gram milk chocolate


Heat oven to 350º F (175º C)
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and reserve.
Using a medium sized saucepan, melt butter and sugar over medium heat.
Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
Add 50g white chocolate and 100g milk chocolate and stir until melted.
Add in eggs one at a time, whisking quickly and constantly.
Add in flour mixture and whisk to combine.
Add the other 50g white chocolate and 100 of chopped chocolate and stir.
Pour into a 9 inch square baking dish (or similar).
Bake brownies for about 30 (this makes them very fudgy! 40 minutes if you want them less fudgy but in my opinion, the more fudgy, the more tasty! :D)


Prepare frosting:

Heat butter and milk over medium heat and bring to boiling.
Remove from heat.
Add chocolate bar and stir until melted.
Pour over brownies.
(this frosting is almost like a ganache…very soft)

Hugs Emma.