I can’t even pretend there is anything remotely healthy about this recipe. BUT they are phenomenally delicious and bring back memories of trading Little Debbie paraphernalia in the middle school cafeteria. So here’s to another few months of sweater weather.
On the home front, our fish saga continues…WE HAVE BABIES. So long story short, a few more guppies met their fishy graves, but we then discovered that some little fishies were very naughty and we had 2 little guppy babies swim swamming around. They basically look like glorified sea monkeys. Remember those? What were those anyways?? (I just googled it, they’re a type of brine shrimp. ew. why were all obsessed with these when we were 7???)
We went snowboarding again this past weekend. And by that I mean I went down one run because I fell so many times it took just about an hour to get down the hill, and I was so exhausted by the end that I desperately needed to refuel with a plate of nachos bigger than my head. Obviously.
So yeah, learning to snowboard is going really well. Maybe if I eat this whole pan of Cosmic Brownies, I’ll add some cushion for all those falls.
I somewhat made these accidentally. I was attempting a gooey chocolate cake and instead created the base for what Jesse said tasted like the pinnacle treat of a 90s kid paper bag lunch – the Little Debbie Cosmic Brownie. So I rolled with it. I think what sets this copycat recipe apart is the chocolate syrup. Other recipes are basically your run of the mill brownie recipe made with melted chocolate or cocoa powder, and then smeared with chocolate frosting. The chocolate syrup takes these brownies to the cosmic level. So before we dive into our main recipe, here’s a quicky for homemade chocolate syrup. (oh and the chocolate ganache frosting, daaaaaang).
Homemade Chocolate Syrup
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
In a small sauce pan combine cocoa powder, sugar and milk. Whisk together over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Let boil for 2 minutes, but careful it doesn’t boil over. Continue to whisk. Remove from heat. Let cool completely to thicken up a bit. Yields 1 cup of chocolate syrup.
what you’ll need:
for the brownie:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup homemade chocolate syrup
1 cup flour
for the ganache frosting:
1/2 cup milk
8 ounces chocolate chunks (roughly 1 cup)
1/4 cup butter
for the cosmic part:
rainbow chip sprinkles!
how to whip it up:
Follow directions above for the homemade chocolate syrup!
In a stand mixer or medium sized bowl with a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add in eggs and continue to cream until fluffy. Whisk in chocolate syrup until smooth and then gently fold in flour. Pour batter into parchment lined and greased quarter sheet pan. Bake for 25-28 minutes at 350°, or until middle is set. Let cool completely before frosting. I recommend sticking the pan in the freezer or fridge for a bit.
To make the ganache frosting, melt the butter and milk together in a small saucepan. Let warm, but not boil. You’re done heating when you see tiny bubbles forming around the edges of the pan. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate chunks in your stand mixer bowl or a medium size bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes. After resting, whisk together vigorously until smooth. Pour ganache over cooled brownies, use a spatula to spread evenly. Let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, then sprinkle with rainbow chips, then chill for at least another 30 minutes. If you sprinkle right away, the chips will sink too far into the ganache frosting, so waiting until it has firmed up a bit is a must.
These Cosmic Brownies are super gooey, rich and full of nostalgia. Just the way they should be.