Yup. I did. Raided my kids’ candy so I could bake something new. My daughter’s reaction when she gets home from school should be interesting. She loves brownies but I did use a lot of her candy, so it could go either way.
I have been working on my own “Best Brownie” recipe for a long time. This is not that recipe. This one is for fun and does make a very tasty brownie. Because this recipe uses super sweet milk chocolate, I cut back on the additional sugar, added espresso, and used salty pretzels to cut that sweetness a bit. And I was able to make a nice dent in the Halloween booty.
Raid-Your-Kids’ Halloween Candy Brownies
- 5 oz milk chocolate, chopped (Nestle’s count)
- 1 stick (1/2 c) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 t instant espresso
- 1 c sugar
- 2 t pure vanilla extract
- ½ t kosher salt
- 4 eggs
- 1 c all-purpose flour
- candies and pretzels for topping
- cooking spray
Heat oven to 350F.
Put the butter and chocolate in a medium mixing bowl. Melt by heating in the microwave for 30 second increments and whisking after each. Add the remaining ingredients in the order given.
Spread the batter in a 8×8 nonstick baking pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 25 minutes. Top with candy and pretzels and bake another 5 minutes so the candies get melty and brownies are cooked to desired doneness (I like them fudgy).