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Brownie Goody Bars

8 Jul

Brownie Goodie Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
I enjoy history. I enjoy learning about the origins of things. There’s always good stories to be found in history.

I enjoy Slutty Brownies. I enjoy pondering the origin of them. And I think I may have stubbled upon the “missing link,” if you will, of the modern slutty brownie.

I imagine the origin of these was a church potluck with two nuns, Sister Mary and Sister Grace, unable to decide what to bring. Sister Grace wanted to make brownies, Sister Mary wanted to make rice krispie treats. They both quabled about it, as nuns will do, and started going on their own way, baking their own thing. Continue reading

P’Nutty Slutty Brownies

2 May

P'Nutty Slutty Brownies | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
Oh slutty brownies, you triple-threat temptress. Tempting everyone to eat you, but also tempting me to find new combos for you. Maybe it was those damn peanut butter cup s’more bars that got me craving the peanut butter and chocolate combo, maybe I was reminiscing about elementary school lunches, but one thing lead to another and I might have put another Little Debbie classic betwixt cookie and brownie. I have no shame. Continue reading

Peanut Butter Cup S’More Bars

25 Apr

Peanut Butter Cup S'More Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
Tomorrow is my birthday, so I had a grand plan to make today’s post a birthday cake theme. I had pinned and gone through dozens of birthday cake flavored treats and thought I found the perfect one, but alas, be it the recipe or me, it was a birthday cake fail. But you know what? That’s ok, because it means I get to share these Peanut Butter Cup S’more bars with you instead, which I would gladly accept in lieu of cake… but only if cake really wasn’t an option, especially Publix marble cake with buttercream frosting. Or ice cream. Or both. Continue reading

Vegan Chocolate Stout Brownies

24 Apr

Vegan Chocolate Stout Brownies | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
After two weeks of Paleo recipes, I thought I’d freak you all out by posting something vegan. What can I say, I like to keep people on their toes.

I find it crazy that the vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe I posted months ago has so far been the most popular recipe on my blog. I guess vegans are in need of good recipes. These brownies more than qualify. They are decadent in every sense of the word. They don’t require anything super fancy (unless you don’t stock flax seed and what kind of crazy person doesn’t have flax seed in their pantry) and there’s no way you’d know they were *gasp* vegan. Continue reading

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

13 Feb

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
We’ve already discussed my love/hate relationship with cream cheese. We’ve also discussed my feelings on the use of boxed mixes. So, let’s skip the formalities and just declare that Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies are delicious. And they are red, which makes them perfect for Valentine’s Day. And they’re super quick and easy, which makes them perfect for completion by tomorrow.

Now, Betty Crocker calls these “Red Velvet Espresso and Cream Swirled Brownies,” but I choose to leave “espresso” out of the title, because I couldn’t taste it at all in these brownies. According to redhead math, the subtraction of “espresso” from the title allows me to insert the word “cheesecake.” Continue reading

Layered Peanut Butter Bars

28 Jan

Layered Peanut Butter Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
Peanut butter and chocolate; do food combinations get much better than that? It does if you can make it into layered bar cookies in a couple minutes! I said it before with the cake mix cookies and I’ll say it again with these Layered Peanut Butter Bars: sometimes pre-made mix is a good thing. In this case, if you don’t have the time to make peanut butter cookie dough, you just buy the Betty Crocker PB cookie mix.

Don’t feel too guilty about this; you’ll be making the peanut butter cream layer and chocolate ganache all by yourself. Continue reading

Dirty Slutty Brownies

10 Dec

Dirty Slutty Brownies | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
Remember that slutty brownie recipe? Remember how I said the variations were endless on how to pair the cookie dough, cookie and brownies flavors? Well… I went there. I went to a dark and dirty place and I took that innocent maiden Little Debbie with me (although maybe she’s gone all Lindsay Lohan now that Hostess caved). If you are a chocolate fiend, if the words “too rich” are not part of your vocabulary, if you take your brownies darker than your coffee, then these are for you. I dub them: Dirty Slutty Brownies.

Warning: these are probably illegal in 20 states. And if not, they are most definitely the scourge of the American Diabetes Association, Weight Watchers, the National Dental Association and your ass. Continue reading

Layered Pumpkin Squares

21 Nov

Layered Pumpkin Squares | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
Ok people, we’re in the homestretch of pumpkin week, so let’s go out with a bang. Here’s the scenario: you love pumpkin pie, but a pie isn’t enough to feed your crowd and pie crust is too obnoxious to fathom making more than one pie. The solution: layered pumpkin squares.  What do I mean by layered? I’m not talking layered like a green Pixar ogre, I’m talking graham cracker crust, cheesecake, pumpkin mousse, whipped cream. Layers of love my friends, layers of love.

Redhead math fact: anything made in a 9×13 pan is infinitely easier than a pie crust. I standby that statement even though this recipe has four layers and requires the use of gelatin. Guess what? I’d never used gelatin before I made this – nailed it. Don’t be intimidated by the mousse layer. Mousse is your friend. Egg whites and gelatin make mousse happy. C’mon, make the mousse happy. And the whole double boiler trick – don’t be afraid, just don’t let the top bowl with the ingredients actually touch the boiling water below. Remember, we did this with the white chocolate brownies and those turned out delicious didn’t they?

I made these bars for an office function and it was the first time I happily took the leftovers home because I wanted them to be MINE ALL MINE! Plus, I was in between my first and second half marathons at the time, so what harm could there be in eating them straight from the pan? How could I not – these bars are like pumpkin silk pie, like a pumpkin ice cream cake, like pumpkin pie parfait. Continue reading

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

19 Nov

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
You know how Discovery Channel has Shark Week? Well get ready, the Hungry Redhead proclaims this to be: Pumpkin Week. Ahhh! Get the kids out of the kitchen! Toss me the oven mits! The oven mits! We’re about to step into a giant cage and be lowered into the depths of spicy, squashy baked goods.  And when I say it’s “Pumpkin Week,” I mean there will be pumpkin recipes today, tomorrow and Wednesday. Thursday is a holiday and Friday will be another fresh Fired Up Friday pick. So it’s a pumpkin trilogy then. I hear the kids like trilogies.

Up first is Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars. I get lots of requests for this recipe and it pains me to admit that it’s a Martha Stewart recipe. Well, it used to pain me to admit that when I thought Martha Stewart was a pompous wasp of a woman and it was an act of desperation to use her recipes. As it turns out, the former felon knows what she’s doing (or her editors do anyway) and I’ve learned that if you need a solid recipe – Martha is the place to start.

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Oatmeal Caramel Bars

14 Nov

Oatmeal Caramel Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
I think these Oatmeal Caramel Bars may have been the predecessor to the slutty brownie. They are scandalously delicious (based off the noises people make when they eat them) and they’re really quite easy to make. I’ve often heard this type of bar referred to as a “Carmelita,” which sounds rather saucy as well, like a Spanish go-go dancer. The oatmeal and lack of pre-packaged dough makes these a little more wholesome though (if melted caramel, heavy cream, brown sugar and butter is your idea of wholesome – passes my test) So, perhaps the Carmelita is an 18th century king’s mistress and the slutty brownies are, um, strippers?

Like any good mistress, the key to these bars is not to over bake the bottom layer. Wow, embarrassing… I have no idea where I was going with that simile. Anyway, if you over bake the bottom layer, the bars won’t slice well, they’ll crack. Plus, a soft and chewy oatmeal layer beats a rock hard oatmeal layer any day.

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