October 08, 2019

Hot Cocoa Brownies




Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, sliced
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup hot cocoa or hot chocolate mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
1/4 cup dehydrated vanilla mini marshmallows

additional chocolate chunks and dehydrated marshmallows to garnish (optional)



Directions:

Preheat oven to 325. Butter and flour an 8x8 inch baking pan. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a small pan.

In a medium bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the sugars, cocoa powder, and hot chocolate mix. Stream in the hot butter and beat until well mixed. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg. Beat in the flour until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks and mini marshmallows.

Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick or the tip of a dull knife inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Immediately sprinkle with additional chocolate chunks and marshmallows if desired, gently pressing down to anchor them in the brownies. Cool completely on a wire rack prior to slicing.






My thoughts:
Is it hot chocolate weather yet where you are? It's still pretty warm here but the calendar tells me it's fall. I'm actually not a huge hot beverage person, I love slushy and other cold drinks 1000x more, but I do like hot chocolate. Maybe it's the marshmallows.

My husband bought an industrial-sized tub of Galaxy hot chocolate/hot cocoa mix last year which was tasty but then he found a fancy super dark hot chocolate for me which I love. This leaves me with a huge amount of hot chocolate mix to get through. Luckily it's pretty good in baking! It already has some dehydrated milk in it so it makes things really taste like hot chocolate, not just regular chocolate. I have dehydrated marshmallows I bought in bulk at an old fashioned candy store but I've recently seen them in regular grocery stores so they hopefully won't be difficult to find. If not, I'm sure you could dig them out of packets of hot chocolate with marshmallow mix if you'd like. You're using the powder anyway!

This recipe makes a brownie that is slighly chewy thanks to the marshmallows, creamy yet very chocolatey thanks to the mix and the chocolate chunks. It's a brownie that will appeal to both brownie purists and those who want something just a little different.

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