Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Easy Cola Brownies (Guest Post)

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Alea has been married for 21 years to an amazing man, who has the unique ability to fix everything she breaks. She has three children, whom she has forsaken a career to homeschool, much to the relief of the public school system. Alea shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home at Premeditated Leftovers.

Easy Cola Brownies

Sometimes a girl’s gotta do, what a girl’s gotta do…even if that means doctoring a brownie mix to get her chocolate fix! Have you ever noticed how your craving for chocolate is inversely proportional to the amount of time you have to bake? Usually I enjoy making elaborate desserts from scratch, but when life gets in the way I cheat cut corners. I will not compromise on flavor, however, which is why I tinker with mixes. When I wanted Cola Cake, but did not have the time to make it from scratch, I followed my friend Rebecca’s (from Turned Loose) suggestion to replace the liquid in brownie mix with cola. Of course, I had to take it a step further and double the brownie mix and add marshmallows.

Cola Brownies with ice cream

Ingredients:

2 boxes Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix ( usually .99 – $1.50 at Wal-Mart)
1/2 cup cola ( I like Pepsi Cola Throwback)
1 1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

**At high altitude use 2/3 cup cola, 2/3 cup oil, 4 eggs, 6 tablespoons flour, and 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows. I have convinced myself that since the oil is reduced at high altitude that brownies are healthier in the mountains.

Directions:

Combine the brownie mix, cola, oil and eggs in a large bowl. Stir in marshmallows.

Spread in a greased 13 x 9 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 – 55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. (The marshmallows will float to the top, then melt, and create a crunchy top.)

Let cool for 15 minutes. Frost with Cola Frosting.

Cola Frosting

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
3 Tablespoons cocoa
1/3 cup cola
1 cup small marshmallows
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 pound powdered sugar

Directions:

In a medium sauce pan, add butter, cola, and cocoa; bring to a boil. Turn off heat; add marshmallows and stir until the marshmallows are melted*. Add pecans and sugar; mix well. Spread on cake.

*Some people like to add the sugar and pecans before the marshmallows have completely melted to create a rocky road frosting. However, if you melt the marshmallows you get a more fudge like frosting.

Cola Brownie


Do you ever doctor cake or brownie mixes to make a special dessert?

6 comments :

  1. These remind me of my coca cola cake. Definitely bookmarking these!

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  2. Tammy, this is referred to at my house as "cheater cola cake". :)

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  3. ugh.....
    now thanks... i am craving this!

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  4. That looks so yummy! Yea, we've doctored a few recipes around here... hmmm, now for some reason I want a brownie!

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  5. Ooh, I loooove me some Coca Cola frosting!! Great recipe. :)

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  6. Looks tasty and pretty easy--right up my alley. I like a semi-homemade cooking. I don't always have time for cooking from scratch (or time to mess it up a few times before I get it right!) but you can doctor stuff up to make it healthier and tastier pretty easy.

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