Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pot Brownies

No, these do not have marijuana in them. In fact, they don't have anything illegal, questionable, or sketchy in them. Unless you count canned pumpkin as questionable or sketchy.

I call these pot brownies because I won't tell people what's in them until after they've eaten one. I've found that if I tell people that I made chocolate brownies with pumpkin, they run away.  However, when you refuse to tell someone what's in a brownie, they start to suspect you of making some very special brownies.

You know what, though?  They don't taste like pumpkin. At. all. And I'll let you in on a little secret: I love the way canned pumpkin makes things healthier, and how versatile it is, but I hate the way it smells and tastes. So if I can't taste the pumpkin, you won't be able to either.

1 box chocolate cake or brownie mix (seriously, just pick one)
1 can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 bag of mini chocolate chips

Mix chocolate cake mix, pumpkin puree and chocolate chips together.  Your batter is going to be really sticky and hard to stir (I recommend using a stand mixer if you have one, but not a hand mixer. It's easier just to stir by hand).
Spoon into a cupcake pan, a brownie pan, or whatever you make brownies in.
Bake at 350 until your brownies test done.
They'll be a bit more cake-y than brownie-y in consistency.
Serve warm with a glass of cold milk or a scoop of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream.

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  1. I would kill for Blue Bell ice cream. My cousin got a carton of it in Bahrain (of all places!) for $12, but otherwise the only places I know you can get it are Texas and Louisiana. Blue Bell, if you're reading here's a suggestion NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION!

  2. @Meghan: When I lived in D.C. I ate Blue Bell. I don't remember where it came from (maybe further south in VA?), but a good resource to try might be a Texas society of some kind. The National Capitol A&M Club sells Blue Bell as a fundraiser for their scholarship fund. I dunno if you're of the Aggie persuasion, but I'd bet the Texas Exes, or the Texas State Society up there would also know or have a similar fundraiser. Hope that helps!

  3. Haha! The title of this post intrigued me...I love it! I love using pumpkin to replace fat in baking, but I never thought about it in brownies...I'm totally trying it sometime! Thanks for linking up! -

  4. Thanks so much for linking up to THIS WEEK’S CRAVINGS.

    We would like to invite you back next Monday for a new theme “Husband’s Cook”; so if you have a post already or want to get your significant other in the kitchen this week, next week’s linky party is gonna be loads of fun, I know I can’t WAIT to see what my “non-cooking husband is gonna make”!