Ok, so these won’t help with your New Year’s resolution to eat better. But, if you’re stuck inside due to the bitter cold like we are in the Midwest, they’re super easy to make and you likely already have the ingredients in your pantry.
They start with boxed brownie mix which makes them a great option when you don’t have time to make something from scratch. The whole process probably takes 40 minutes, including baking time. I made these after work to take to dinner at our friends’ home that evening. The icing elevates the boring box mix and adds homemade taste. It also adds a lot of sweetness – cut these in small pieces!
My mom has been making these brownies forever but I think it’s my first time. I don’t know where the recipe originally came from since it’s one that was copied and in my recipe book for years.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 package of brownie mix (one that is large enough for a 13 x 9 pan)
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 3 cups miniature marshmallows
- 2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
- 1/3 cup milk (I used a little more to thin frosting)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 package (16 oz) confectioners sugar, sifted. (I just realized I was supposed to sift the sugar – oops – it turned out fine.)
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
Prepare brownie mix according to box. Pour in 13 x 9 pan. Bake according to directions (about 25 minutes).
Combine chocolate, milk, butter in a heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat until chocolate and butter melt, stirring often. (I started this while the brownies were baking to save time.)
Remove from heat. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl. Add confectioner’s sugar and vanilla. Beat at low speed until smooth. If frosting is too stiff to spread, add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring until smooth.