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.

Rainbow Pretzel Sticks and a Spoiler

What could be better than chocolate-dipped Rainbow Pretzel Sticks? This #recipe is a big favorite in my house, so we thought we'd share it with you! #party

I think it’s time I just quoted.. myself.. from a Facebook status earlier this week:

“There are photos of 1 niece and 3 nephews in my camera, I felt my second niece kick, and I listened to Tom Petty radio for 8 hours and survived. Let’s call it a win and continue to try to make the world a better place this week and always.”

Amen. To myself. There are so many stories and thoughts swirling around right now. I could write about the “Empty Spaces” of really noticing the absence of so many people I’ve had in my life, and lost. I could write about my sister’s baby shower (sprinkle) and feeling my niece kick, and then meeting my new baby nephew. Or I could write about all of the photos in my camera, but that might just stress me out because I’ll think of all of the clients patiently waiting for their gorgeous photos.

I could write about how we are decorating for Halloween:

What could be better than chocolate-dipped Rainbow Pretzel Sticks? This #recipe is a big favorite in my house, so we thought we'd share it with you! #party

What could be better than chocolate-dipped Rainbow Pretzel Sticks? This #recipe is a big favorite in my house, so we thought we'd share it with you! #party

Or that I feel the most like this deflated/defeated version of our all-powerful ghost. Isn’t this hilarious?

What could be better than chocolate-dipped Rainbow Pretzel Sticks? This #recipe is a big favorite in my house, so we thought we'd share it with you! #party

Basically, I’ll write about all of that in time. I feel like I’m only halfway in right now. I show up to things and I’m fighting my annual cold, and maybe losing. My hair is terrible so I’m wearing a cute hat. I’m working three jobs and afraid to work them all terribly. We don’t have a bed or bedroom or bathroom right now and the renovations are on temporary hold because of hurricanes and lumber, so I feel kinda fuzzy. Overall, my morale is actually good, and I think I need it to be because it’s been a bit challenging lately, hasn’t it? Keep believing in the good stuff, and I will too. I just have to un-fuzz myself first.

I have to rejoin civilization, cute hat or not. Defeated or undefeated, deflated or inflated.

Oh! And for the spoiler, let’s just say this recipe has to do with my costume. Yes, I’m being a giant pretzel. (kidding)

This is one of the kids’ favorite recipes. It’s so simple but it doesn’t always look pretty when they “help.” That doesn’t stop me from letting them, though. Who doesn’t love rainbows and white chocolate and pretzels? I’m all in with this one here:

Rainbow Pretzel Sticks

Ingredients

1 pkg. Pretzel Rods
1 Pkg. each Wilton Chocolate Melts—white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink
Gold Star Sprinkles

Directions

  1. Melt the white chocolate per package directions and dip the pretzel, leaving about 2 inches plain to hold it. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  2. Place a few gold stars on the white chocolate where it meets the plain pretzel that you didn’t coat.
  3. Melt each of the other colors of chocolate per package directions in individual bowls.
  4. Start by drizzling the red at the top of the pretzel, and across it, zig zagging back and forth. Come down about an inch or so. (To drizzle, you can either use a spoon or fill a plastic baggie and cut a tiny tip off a corner)
  5. Next drizzle the orange, then the yellow, green, blue, and finally the pink.
  6. The pink drizzle should end right at the stars so it looks like the gold at the end of the rainbow.
  7. Let dry, and then it’s ready to eat!


What could be better than chocolate-dipped Rainbow Pretzel Sticks? This #recipe is a big favorite in my house, so we thought we'd share it with you! #party

Enjoy!

What could be better than chocolate-dipped Rainbow Pretzel Sticks? This #recipe is a big favorite in my house, so we thought we'd share it with you! #party