It is only Wednesday, and I have already made two batches of these brownies this week. The first batch was served for dessert earlier in the week, when Phil's family was over for dinner on Monday. I made a second batch today for a family friend who broke both of his wrists riding his bike. He is going in for surgery tomorrow, and what makes recovering from surgery more enjoyable, than a plate of fudgey brownies? (well..maybe the brownies are 2nd to narcotics, but you can share the brownies with your kids, if you want.).
They could not be more simple to make. I saw Paula Deen make this recipe on one of her Food Network cooking shows, and then I made a few adaptions to suit my personal tastes. This is really a 'non-recipe', and can be prepared in 5 minutes. This is a photo of my main ingredients:
I don't usually use brownie mix, because brownies from scratch are infinitely tastier, and just as easy, but the addition of a few mix-ins to this box, make these brownies outrageous. No one ever knows these began with a boxed mix!
1 17.6 oz. package brownie mix
1 tsp. instant expresso powder
1 c. chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
3 6oz. Symphony candy bars, with almonds and toffee bits
Prepare the brownies according to the package directions, adding in the expresso powder and nuts.
Spray a 9 X 13 pan with PAM.
Spoon in half the brownie batter, and smooth with a spatula. Place the candy bars side by side on top of the batter. Cover with the remaining batter.
Bake according to package directions. Let cool completely and cut brownies into squares.