Friday, January 31, 2014

5 Minute I Love You Treat!

The Headlines:

I am terrible at baking,

I am good at eating.

No one has any time.

To make this… you don't need any!

Valentine's Day is coming up.  And if you have kids or a husband, a boyfriend or a super great friend…  anyone at all that you care about… it's nice to bake something for them.  It may be the first special treat that person will be giving themselves after making that New Year's Resolution or goal.  No one is unhappy to receive a sweet treat on happy heart day.  

But what a pain?  I mean, do you really need one more thing to do?  A more optimal plan would probably be to just BUY a Sprinkles Cupcake or something, right?  Sure.  But then you're missing the point.  On this day of love you need to pour your heart and soul into what you give them.  This Caramel Brownie allows you to do that… in about 5 minutes.  

20 oz (or so) package brownie mix
** you will probably need some eggs or something to make this brownie batch happen but that varies
     between packages
cooking spray
12 Nilla wafers
12 (or more) caramels

To do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare Brownies according to instructions.  Coat 12 piece muffin tin with your cooking spray.  Place 1 Nilla wafer in each hole.

Spoon batter over each cookie.  Unwrap caramels and place 1 (or 2) in mix.

Then top off with more brownie batter.  Bake brownies 20 minutes, remove and let cool.  I undercooked mine which is why there'a hole in almost every middle but I;d rather undercook than overcook because I love a tinge of "raw" versus overdone and cake like.

These are great served warm.  Actually, they're necessary to serve warm.  If you make and then completely cool, stick in microwave for 15 seconds or so.  Want to be really indulgent?  Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Add some heart confetti or red sprinkles, wrap one up or plate it and you are done.   So easy it's crazy… and the recipient of your affection (brownie) will be more than impressed.  You should totally pretend you spent like a hour on them slaving away because you love them soooo much!

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