Cosmic Brownies

Who remembers Cosmic Brownies from the lunchboxes of their youth? I do! Little Debbie always makes such delicious treats (everything in moderation, even prepackaged junk food, is alright). I found a homemade version of my favorite Cosmic Brownies and jumped at the chance to make them. I love a good brownie – simple chocolate goodness, and in this case, a trip down memory lane.

Cosmic Brownies
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1 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
2 Tablespoons water
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1-1/3 cups flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup heavy cream
7 oz. bittersweet chocolate
Pinch of salt
Colorful sprinkles for decorating

1. Heat oven to 350F. Line a 13 x 9 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, then coat with nonstick spray. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the sugars, butter and water with a whisk. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Stir the dry mix into the wet stuff and stir to combine. With a rubber spatula, spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 18 minutes. Don’t over bake!
3. Set aside on a rack to cool.
4. While the brownies are baking, prepare the ganache: Place the chocolate in a bowl and set aside. In a small saucepan, heat the cream just to a simmer. Don’t boil it, just wait till you see little bubbles starting to form around the edges. Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate. Sprinkle with the salt and let it all sit for a minute or so. Gently stir with a rubber spatula until all of the chocolate is melted. Set aside to cool a bit.
5. When the brownies are mostly cool, pour the ganache over and spread it evenly over the top. Sprinkle as many or as few of the candies/sprinkles over the top as you like. When you’re ready to cut them into squares, lift them out with the foil and cut into the size or shape you like. [I refrigerated the brownies so the ganache could set; if you want a super oooey, gooey brownie, skip the refrigeration so the ganache remains smooth and soft]


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