February 2, 2010

The devil made it just for me

Did you have a New Year's resolution this year to eat healthy? Lose weight? Exercise?

Not me. I know better. I have learned that it is pointless for me to try any of those things in January. There is just too much junk food leftover from the holidays. I have no self-discipline unless I have the right mind set. And of course, you know of my obsession with chocolate.

Because I'm weak like that.

Much like my stomach muscles.

If there is chocolate around, I'm is sure to be found.

But I finally felt ready. Ready to embark on that journey towards getting my tiny bicep bump back. To accomplishing yet again, three whole push-ups in a row. And to take a little jiggle out of the back side jello.

But then Luke invited some neighbors over for dessert last night. And I knew I was doomed. I mean, I can't be rude and offer dessert and not eat any myself!

So I went recipe hunting. And I found it. I read the ingredients and I knew it was perfect. It was like the devil himself had made it just for me, knowing I couldn't resist. After a few minor adjustments to the recipe, it was ready.

Now, to be completely honest, I'm not a huge brownie fan. I mean, I like them, I'll eat them, but I've had enough bad brownie's to be wary of them.

Kind of like dirty diapers. You just never know what kind you're going to get.

Still, I made the brownies. And I loved them. I think I deserve a medal because I only ate one last night. Who should I petition for that?

But now I have a problem. I have a pan of delectable chocolate yumminess sitting on my counter. Calling my name. Beckoning me to come and partake and forget all about squats and lunges. I'm not sure I can resist! I just might have to put myself out of my misery.

Oh dang... too late.

Well, since misery loves company, here is the recipe!

Layers of Love Chocolate Brownies
(A Nestle Tollhouse recipe, altered by me. That's where the picture came from too.)

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut in pieces
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips 


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 8-inch-square baking pan.

COMBINE flour, cocoa and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla extract; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Reserve 3/4 cup batter. Spread remaining batter into prepared baking pan. Sprinkle white morsels over batter. Drizzle caramel topping over top. Beat remaining egg and reserved batter in same large bowl until light in color. Stir in milk chocolate morsels. Spread evenly over caramel topping.

BAKE for 30 to 35 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

*Note: I used medium eggs instead of large and my batch was more fudgey and less cakey.

Now wasn't that worth a few pounds? I suppose I should apologize if I ruined anyone's resolutions. (cackle cackle cack.... cough cough) I mean.... (sweet innocent smile)

What's your sweet tooth weakness?


20 super cool people speak:

Valerie said...

Chocolatey fresh baked desserts are definitely my downfall! And although brownies aren't my favorite either, THOSE brownies look irresistable!

Elizabeth said...

I drink hot chocolate like it's going out of style...and your post totally just reminded me that I have 3/4 of a kit kat in my purse! YESSSSS!

wonder woman said...

Oh. My. Heavens. Those brownies look TO DIE FOR.

Chocolate is definitely a weakness of mine, too. Currently I'm into frozen jr. mints.

Stacy said...

You didn't really just post that. Really?!? Now I have to go to the store, and it's all your fault.

Mona said...

Serene, I think I'm pretty good at staying away from the appearance of evil generally speaking...and I do believe in the scripture that teaches we are never tempted beyond what we can endure...but...but...chocolate brownies! You (and I) have no one to blame but

Betty Crocker.

Heidi said...

Does my average once a month craving for something (not too) sweet count as a weakness? I suppose I could count fruit pizza. I could eat that any time, sweet craving or no.

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

LOL! I'm sorry, I promise I'm not laughing AT anyone, but I'm just loving all your comments! Seriously, you guys crack me up!

the Gardners said...

Those do look yummy. To be honest, I've been throwing leftovers out so that I am not tempted!

Sara Lyn said...

Bite size Snickers are my weakness. For some reason, they taste better than a Snickers bar to me. And then I eat less. (Usually.) So those brownies look divine. Maybe I could add some peanuts...

Courtney said...

I try freezing my baked goods to keep myself from eating them, but it doesn't work. I eat them anyways. Those brownies look great, and my weakness is anything chocolatey or baked.

Emily said...

Wow! Those look sinful! I don't generally make resolutions. That way I'm not disappointed when I don't keep them!

the fowlers said...

Oh, you're really not helping.
I go beyond chocolate. I will find anything with sugar and devour it.
I'm one of those people who even likes the candies everyone hates: the valentines hearts, candy corn, those orange circus peanuts.
If it has sugar, I will most likely eat it.

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Oh nasty! Circus peanuts?? Bleh! I had to laugh when you said that though. Most people have no idea what they are!
They are a special favorite of the males in my family. My dad likes to open the package and let them get stale, then eat them! He says they are better that way.
But I do like candy corn and will eat the valentine hearts!!

Heidi said...

Ha ha--really?! I wonder what your dad would have thought of my grandma's "habit" with the circus peanuts--forget about them for about 5 years and then give them to us.

JAY, DENISE, and JAMES said...

OK, I made the brownies over the weekend (I couldn't resist, with a photo like that) and they were awesome. So go on everyone, give into the cravings and just do it. They were the first brownies I've even made from scratch and they were easy (though a little messy... cocoa powder flying). Thanks for the recipe! Makes me want to try the stuffed shells next...

the Gardners said...

I didn't realize these were from scratch...the last time I made brownies from scratch was to add a laxative for revenge against an apartment of boys. I just had to share that memory you made me remember!

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Yea Denise!! I'm so glad you liked them! They are sinful, aren't they. I've been trying to tell myself that I don't need to make them again but, well, since when did I ever listen to myself?

You'll have to let me know if you try the pasta shells!

And Michelle, haha, I'm not even sure what to say to that!! Awesome.

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

Ok, these are making me drool. Brownies are one of my many, many weaknesses. I'm a weak person. But there's nothing better than a good brownie. Yum. Oh, and ice cream. And sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies and... :)

Stopping by from SITS Sharefest! Have a good weekend!

the Gardners said...

Oh my Serene, I just made these and I don't think David will ever let me make box brownies again! I didn't have white chocolate, milk chocolate chips or caramel ice cream topping, so I used marshmellows, caramel apple dip and a sprinkle of special dark chocolate chips for the center and then special dark for the chips on top. Way too good...I'm glad I have people to give treats to because I'd be in BIG trouble if I had to eat these all myself!=)

Jocelyn said...

oh my word! those look scrumptious! this post had me laughing at how the devil made this brownie recipe just for you...funny stuff!!!! thanks for linking up to my recipe swap:-)

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