Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mississippi Mud Brownies

These gooey, chewy brownies were introduced to us by Grandma Judy. If only they were calorie free, they would be perfect. The only complaint I've ever had about them is that I don't make them more often. There are three main ingredients, brownies, marshmallows and chocolate frosting. Play with the amounts until you get them the way you like. You may like a thick brownie or extra marshmallows. I have made these with regular marshmallows and marshmallow whip, homemade frosting and store bought, it all depends on what's in the cupboard when the mood grabs you. Get as fancy or as simple as your budget and time permits, no matter, they are always a big hit.
Ingredients ~
basic brownie recipe, or any brownie mix
10 oz bag of mini marshmallows
2 cups chocolate frosting, homemade or brand, it's up to you

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 15x11 jellyroll pan. A 9x13 baking pan can be use, but the brownies will be thicker. If you only have a basic half sheet baking pan then you''ll need to double the brownie recipe, but don't worry about doubling the other ingredients, you should still have enough. Don't worry about having too many, there is no such thing. Mix up brownies following the recipe or box instructions. Pour brownie batter in a jellyroll baking pan and bake at 350 for as long as instructed in recipe, minus 5 minutes. Did you get that? Bake them for 5 minutes less that the recipe instructs. Cover brownies with marshmallows and remember that marshmallows puff as the cook, so don't over pack them onto the brownies or you will have a mess in your oven. Cook for 5 more minutes or until marshmallows are puffy and just starting to golden. remove from oven. While the brownies are still slightly warm top with frosting, making sure to cover every bit. Don't frost too soon or the frosting will all melt. If you forget and frost after they are completely cool you will be OK, but your mud won't be quiet as muddy. I suggest using a pizza knife to cut them with and dipping it in warm water before starting to cut. If your frosting just peels off you waited too long to frost.