Sometimes, one just feels like baking and eating an entire try of brownies, perhaps when it’s gray and chilly and blustery. Perhaps when the United States is mere weeks away from a contentious presidential election. Perhaps when the coronavirus pandemic, voter suppression, census shenanigans, and Supreme Court tomfoolery crush our souls (le sigh). I don’t know about you, dear reader, but when all that happens, I want chocolate. All the chocolate.
And so I baked some brownies, but not just any brownies. Brownie muffins with a raspberry jam center topped with toasted, chopped pecans. Because if we can’t take some pleasure in life and make things fun and fancy at home during a pandemic while we watch democracy dismantle itself, when can we?
Today’s post shares my easy recipe for semi-homemade brownies. I did not eat all of them. Just most of them. And Mon Chéri and Le Chien were the best helpers.
- 1 box brownie mix
- Eggs, oil, and water for brownie mix
- 1 T. pure vanilla extract
- 1 t. pure almond extract
- 1 jar raspberry jam, or your favorite fruit jam or preserves
- 1 c. toasted, chopped pecans, or your favorite baking nut (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds)
- Note: Those with allergies or aversions can easily omit the nuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prepare muffin pan with cooking spray.
- In large mixing bowl, prepare brownie mix according to package directions, adding eggs, oil, and water in prescribed amounts. Add vanilla and almond extracts. Stir to combine.
- Spoon batter into prepared muffin pan (will only use 6 wells if using standard muffin pan). Create a shallow indentation in the center of each muffin.
- Spoon 1-2 T. jam into each indentation. Top muffins toasted, chopped nuts.
- Bake 20 minutes or until muffins are set.
- Cool 2-3 minutes in pan before removing to cooling rack. Store in airtight container up to 3 days.
A Note on Brownie Mix
There is no shame in using baking mixes. Life is too short, y’all. I used Simple Mills Almond Flour Brownie Baking Mix. Since I try to eat a low-FODMAP and gluten-free diet to help manage IBS, I thought I’d give this gluten-free brownie mix a try. I would not recommend it. The texture is gritty and there was little, if any, chocolate flavor. Fortunately for me, being gluten-free is not a necessity. My new philosophy: If I’m going to bake and enjoy brownies, I’m using a regular, classic mix like Betty Crocker.
Are you baking anything fun and fancy to help get through the rest of 2020?
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