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Cooking with kids: brownies on a stick

don't eat the stick
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When we were growing up, a good night was when we had brownies for dessert; however, a great night was when the brownies came a little later because it meant they would be served warm with a topping of vanilla ice cream.

The only thing my mom and dad thought should ever be added to the box brownie mix were fresh pecans. They would likely be shocked to see the many recipe varieties there are now. My mom would be the one most likely to give them a try, although I believe she would have drawn the line at the bacon brownie mix.

One recipe I recently heard about which could give almost unlimited varieties would be to break up your favorite candy bar into 1 centimeter sized pieces and add to your brownie mix. With the vast number of candy bars, it would take quite a while to run out of ideas.

Stick to brownies the kids will love! Frosted and decorated, brownies-on-a-stick become extra kid friendly.

Ingredients

  • 1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker™ Original Supreme Premium brownie mix
  • (Water, vegetable oil and egg as called for on brownie mix box
  • 15 craft sticks (flat wooden sticks with rounded ends
  • ⅔ cup semisweet chocolate chips (4 ounces)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons shortening
  • Assorted Betty Crocker™ Decorating Decors’ candy sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan).
  2. Line 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with foil so foil extends about 2 inches over sides of pan. Spray foil with cooking spray.
  3. Make brownies as directed on box. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  4. Remove brownies from pan by lifting foil; peel foil from sides of brownies.
  5. Place brownies on cookie sheet and place in freezer for 30 minutes.
  6. Cut brownies into 15 rectangular bars, 5 rows by 3 rows. Gently insert craft stick into end of each.
  7. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and shortening uncovered on High about 1 minute; stir until smooth.
  8. If necessary, microwave additional 5 seconds at a time.
  9. Dip top 1/3 to 1/2 of each brownie into chocolate; sprinkle with candy sprinkles.
  10. Lay flat on waxed paper or foil to dry.

Serves 15