I made brownies again.
These were even better than those little brownie sundaes that I shared with you on Wednesday. Remember how I said that the brownie base of those sundaes was the best homemade brownie I'd eaten yet? Well, I was wrong. The base of these twix truffle brownies is the best homemade brownie that I've eaten yet. It actually compares to a boxed mix. They're so chewy and so fudgy and ridiculously easy and simple. The recipe was so straightforward that I almost thought that I was doing something wrong or leaving something wrong.
Well. I didn't do anything wrong or leave anything out. And the brownies were perfect. Annnnd then I went a little bit crazy and added a pretty substantial bunch of toppings.
I think I've mentioned before that Twix bars are my favorite candy bar? Well, they are. I absolutely adore them. So good. [oh, and if you don't know what a twix bar is - it's a candy bar that features a layer of shortbread cookie topped with caramel and wrapped in chocolate. it is as fantastic as it sounds.] I made these a few weeks ago, but I had to make them again and photograph them for the blog because - uhm. Best brownies ever.
When I'm excited about the most recent decadent dessert that I've baked and devoured, I tend to not complete my sentences or make a lot of sense or use proper English grammar. I'm sorry about that. Buuuuut, to make up for all of my ramblings, I'm sharing with you my current favorite dessert and perhaps, the best thing I've made so far this year. I love everything that I share with you guys, so sometimes, I may sound like I'm exaggerating. For once in my life, I'm actually not exaggerating - these brownies really are ridiculously good.
SO. What makes them so good? Well, I mean, the fudgy brownie base is really, really wonderful. But topping that with all of the elements of a Twix bar just takes these brownies straight to perfection. First, there's the shortbread truffle layer which is just ridiculous. Next, there's a layer of gooey caramel which is one of the best things in life. Lastly, there's a thin chocolate layer to finish it off. Please don't be afraid of all of the steps. These are quite simple to make, and I promise that the little bit of extra time is so, so, so worth it.
Twix Truffle Brownies
3/4 cup butter, melted
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 box (10 oz) shortbread cookies
6 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 bag (14 oz) chewy caramels
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 tablespoon canola oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13" x 9" pan with parchment paper; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the eggs and mix until well combined. Stir in flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and mix just until combined. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until set and a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Let the brownies cool completely in pan while preparing the twix bar toppings.
Add the shortbread cookies to a large plastic bag and crush them into fine crumbs. Pour the crumbs into a bowl and mash together with cream cheese and sugar. Press gently over the cooled brownies.
Next, in a microwave safe bowl, melt caramels and heavy cream in 30-second increment, stirring between each 30-second burst. Heat until completely melted and smooth. Pour over the shortbread layer and place the entire pan in the refrigerator to cool briefly.
Add the chocolate chips and canola oil to a microwave safe bowl. Melt in 30-second increments, stirring occasionally until smooth and melted completely. Pour over the cool caramel layer and refrigerate until the chocolate is set. Slice and serve. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
(brownie recipe adapted from: life, love and sugar // toppings adapted from: chef in training)
I'm already craving about four of these.