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The part of me that wants to create delicious things is often at war with the side of me that is lazy as heck. Sometimes, I want cake, but I want to nap just a little bit more. Other times, it’s the other way around. There are days where I can totally spend hours preparing an elaborate cake, and days where I want something tasty without spending too much time in the kitchen.
I am not ashamed to admit that, months after racking up on clearance Halloween candy, I was still going through the bags and trying to come up with creative uses for the candy. This recipe came about in a bout of exasperation at having run out of neat ideas for the candy. I mean, I could just EAT it, but where’s the fun in that!? Instead, I just started adding candy bars to different batters and seeing what happened. Brownies are great for that because the batter is thick enough to suspend pieces of candy in. These, however, are more of a “brownie with a surprise in the middle.” Imagine biting into what you think is just a regular brownie and finding the chewy, crunchy goodness of a Twix bar? Yum!
This recipe comes together pretty easily. I used a dessert squares pan so that they would all be the same size, and to elimiate the danger of having brownies that did not have any Twix in them after being cut into squares. Grease each cavity with a little bit of butter or oil.
Then lay a Twix at the bottom of each cavity.
Fill with brownie batter.
That’s pretty much it. To make things even easier, you could use boxed brownie mix if you so desired. If you don’t have a dessert squares pan, you can also use an 8″ square pan.
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 12 Fun Size Twix bars, unwrapped
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 12-cavity dessert bar pan. Place 1 Twix bar in the middle of each cavity. Set aside.
Combine the melted butter and sugar together in a medium bowl. Stir in the remaining ingredients in the order that they are listed, mixing well with each addition. Divide batter evenly between the 12 cavities of the bar pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with only fudgy crumbs. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before removing from pan.