Happiness Is…Recipe: Chocolate Brownie Cookies

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Happiness is Friday!

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Happiness is Field Day…because the boys love it.

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Happiness is a trip to the park.

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Happiness is our little fluffy baby who turned 13 last weekend.

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Happiness is impromptu ice cream after school.

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Happiness is walking outside to find my nieces and Gabriel having some board game fun.

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Happiness is chocolate and brownies and cookies.  And, when all of those are wrapped into one thing, well, it takes the happiness up to a whole new level.

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You can find the recipe over at Brown Eyed Baker.

Happiness Is…Recipe: Chocolate Fudge Brownies

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Happiness is Friday!

Happiness is getting the opportunity to be a substitute teacher right next door to my Ethan’s classroom today.  He was so excited that they had to set the timer in 30 minute increments so that he could come hug me.  And, Gabriel was able to spend most of the last 1 1/2 hours of the day helping me.  While I missed Summer with all my heart, it was very nice to spend so much of a school day with Gabriel and Ethan.

Happiness is this progress report.  Ethan is making progress each day, and we are filled with great hope for his amazing future.

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Happiness is pizza and movie night.  Always.

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Happiness is a tea party for a special little girl.

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Happiness is watching the littles play at the park.

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Happiness is chocolate and brownies.  Happiness is these amazingly delicious chocolate fudge brownies.  I found the recipe over at Recipe Girl.  She will be releasing a cookbook soon, and, even though I do not actually know her, I am still so excited for her.  She adapted the recipe from Joy the Baker’s cookbook.  After eating way too much pizza tonight, I then topped it off with not one, but two, brownies.  Yes, they are truly that good.

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Ingredients

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated white sugar

2 large eggs

1 large egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare an 8x8 inch baking pan by lining it with parchment paper and then spraying it with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, heat the butter and chocolate until butter is melted, about 2 minutes.
  5. Whisk the butter and chocolate together until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  6. Whisk the sugars into the mixture.
  7. Then whisk in the eggs, yolk and vanilla.
  8. Stir in the flour mixture until well incorporated.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35-45 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center of the brownie comes out clean.
  10. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/04/20/happiness-is-recipe-chocolate-fudge-brownies/

Slightly adapted from Recipe Girl’s version of the Joy the Baker Chocolate Fudge Brownies.

Have a happy weekend!

I linked up at the following:

Alli ‘n Sons for Sweet Tooth Friday

Tidy Mom for I’m Lovin’ It

The Gingerbread Blog for Sweet Saturday

Six Sisters’ Stuff for Strut Your Stuff Saturday

Sweet as Sugar Cookies for Sweets for Saturday

 

Happiness Is…Recipe: Pioneer Woman’s Knock You Naked Brownies

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Happiness is 4 days weekends.

Happiness is this sweet dog, who we love so much.

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Happiness is watching the littles play in the sandbox.

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Happiness is report card celebration night.

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Happiness is doing crafts with my girl in preparation for a special birthday a week from today.

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Happiness is a field trip with my youngest boy.

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Happiness is ice cream after school.

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Happiness is chocolate and caramel and ooey gooey goodness that comes in the form of chocolate caramel brownies.  When I saw these brownies that are in Food from My Frontier, Pioneer Woman’s newest cookbook, I knew that we must have them.  They are dangerously good.  So good that you need to make sure that there are plenty of people around to share them with so that you will not eat the whole pan.  Yes, that good.  One bite, and you will be very happy.

Pioneer Woman's Knock You Naked Brownies

Pioneer Woman's Knock You Naked Brownies

Ingredients

1 box (18.5 Ounce) German Chocolate Cake mix

1/3 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup evaporated milk (additional)

1/2 cup butter, melted

30 whole caramels, unwrapped

1/3 cup milk chocolate chips

1/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9 x 9 inch square baking pan by spraying generously with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, 1/3 cup evaporated milk, and melted butter.
  4. Stir together until totally combined. The mixture will be thick.
  5. Spread half the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and set aside.
  7. In a double boiler add the caramels and the additional 1/2 cup evaporated milk, and cook over medium high heat.
  8. When melted and smooth, pour the caramel mixture over the brownie base.
  9. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the caramel.
  10. Pour the remaining brownie dough onto a large cutting board, and use your hands to press it into a square. With a spatula, move the square brownie mixture to the top of the caramel and chocolate chip layer.
  11. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  12. Remove from pan and allow to cool to room temperature. The original recipe states to refrigerate at this point, but I skipped that step. I allowed it to cool for a few hours on the counter.
  13. Once cooled completely, sift powdered sugar over the surface of the brownies.
  14. Cut and serve.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/04/06/happiness-is-recipe-pioneer-womans-knock-you-naked-brownies/

Have a happy Easter weekend!

I linked up at the following:

Alli ‘n Sons for Sweet Tooth Friday

Tidy Mom for I’m Lovin’ It

30 Days for Pity Party

Sweet As Sugar Cookies for Sweets for Saturday

Dwell on Friday on Dwell on Joy