Cosmic Brownies (How to Make Those Super Fudgy Brownies)

These Cosmic Brownies are just like the ones I fell in love with as a kid. They're the perfect mix of fudgy and fun - and so easy to make. They'll be a hit at every party.

Confession time. I was raised on Little Debbie snacks.

Don’t get me wrong – I had a super healthy childhood. We ate egg whites and vegetables and snacks from the co-op, rather than the supermarket. My parents did a great job, but something happened in my teen years. I was growing faster than I could handle. Always a late bloomer, I went from 4’11” to 5’6″ rather quickly. And I’ve always been underweight. The amount of food I used to eat! My sister will tell you about me eating boxes of Little Debbie Nutty Bars or Cosmic Brownies, plus polishing off a bowl of microwave popcorn, and sometimes all at once. I’m more about balance these days.

Or rather, I mostly always was, but teenage growth spurts are rough.

These Cosmic Brownies are just like the ones I fell in love with as a kid. They're the perfect mix of fudgy and fun - and so easy to make. They'll be a hit at every party.

I LOVE Cosmic Brownies. They’re fudgy and full or rainbows. What more could you want? I’m not into the million ingredients, though. And this is not preachy – holy cow it isn’t. I love junk food and I love healthy food, and personally I don’t believe there are good and bad foods. There’s just balance. That said, I’m a supertaster and when something has too many ingredients or chemicals, it doesn’t taste right to me. Enter this recipe. I added brownie mix to the recipe, but only because I know this will work and isn’t difficult. I generally make mine from scratch. If you know how to make super fudgy brownies from scratch, then I first recommend that. Do whatever it takes to get yourself some fudgy cosmic brownies! And FAST!

These Cosmic Brownies are just like the ones I fell in love with as a kid. They're the perfect mix of fudgy and fun - and so easy to make. They'll be a hit at every party.
These “homemade” cosmic brownies are easy to make and kids will love helping you in the kitchen!

Ingredients:

1 box of fudge brownies
2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
Mini M&M’s or M&M’s

Instructions:

1 – Prepare brownies according to directions, or make from scratch if you know a fudgy recipe!

2 – Bake for 20 minutes and then set on counter to cool

3 – Prepare the fudge topping by heating up the heavy whipping cream in a sauce pan on medium heat. Add the chocolate chips and keep stirring until completely melted and smooth

4 – Pour on top of brownies and smooth it out using a spatula

5 – Sprinkle M&M’s on top! Set in the fridge for an hour before serving

These Cosmic Brownies are just like the ones I fell in love with as a kid. They're the perfect mix of fudgy and fun - and so easy to make. They'll be a hit at every party.
These Cosmic Brownies are just like the ones I fell in love with as a kid. They're the perfect mix of fudgy and fun - and so easy to make. They'll be a hit at every party.
These Cosmic Brownies are just like the ones I fell in love with as a kid. They're the perfect mix of fudgy and fun - and so easy to make. They'll be a hit at every party.

What was your favorite childhood Little Debbie snack?

These Cosmic Brownies are just like the ones I fell in love with as a kid. They're the perfect mix of fudgy and fun - and so easy to make. They'll be a hit at every party.

5 After School Traditions We Started This Fall

This post was sponsored by Nabisco as part of an Integrated Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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I always feared this time with two in full-time school. Last year with Des in preschool, and during the summer with his light camp schedule, I tried to make the most of our time together. I’m sure I DID, even though it feels like time was water pouring through my hands! He’s in kindergarten now and gives me barely a wave and backwards smile as he struts confidently into school with his too-large backpack and his tousled hair. I have to shake my head about it every morning.

How did my “little” one get so BIG?

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One thing about Des is that he knows what he likes. Last year when he was in preschool, I bought TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks and put one in his lunchbox without telling him. He came home that day with such tales to tell about finding the surprise snack and how much it meant to him. I loved hearing his teachers tell the tale too. The problem? I wasn’t there to get his reaction and to see what he liked about the snack. He’s like me, in that the little details are big ones too. We both love food in fun shapes, and with fun fillings inside too. It’s why he likes doughnuts, but I’m happy he likes these even more!

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TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks are kid-loved and mom-approved. Why? Well they’re a loveable bear-shaped snack made with quality ingredients, such as milk, eggs and chocolate. These yummy snacks contain no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, and no artificial colors. We find them at Walmart in the Cookies/Crackers aisle. Des found them fast!

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I was so excited to give these snacks to him again, and to be there with him. I want to create sweet and meaningful after school memories. Believe it or not, I remember going home after PM kindergarten when I was his age! Now it’s his turn.

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If you want to see CUTE, I told Des I had a surprise snack for him to share with me outside. He’s always one to love surprises so he raced ahead of me. This time, I got his reaction to TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks on video and I’m so happy I did!

Awesome, right? Right. Now it’s time for our 5 little after-school traditions that we started this fall:

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1 – We share a special snack together. I remember snacks my mom made for us, so now I like to imagine my kids remembering mine. It’s funny how such things stay with your forever, and then you continue traditions with your kids.

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2 – We watch one TV show. The way I figure it, shows are only 20 minutes long or so. One day, he’ll be too busy with friends or after school activities for this. Best part of it all is that it leads to great snuggle time too.

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3 – We play a game. It’s board games in cold weather and generally baseball in warm weather. He’s a lefty with an incredible pitching arm so I don’t like to skip playing catch or hitting the ball with him. We take turns pitching/hitting.

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4 – We put on music and dance. Sounds corny but these kids have moves!

5 – We work on our “works-in-progress.” This could be yard art or indoor art or puzzles or building creations.

What do you do after school?

To celebrate this amazing after school snack, Nabisco is offering a fun giveaway here. There will be 12 winners for a $50 Walmart gift card each, as well as two grand prize winners for a $200 Walmart gift card. The giveaway runs until 9/29/17:

Nabisco Snacktime Sweepstakes

I-C will randomly select 14 winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes.

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Enjoy!