Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Turtle Brownies

Turtle Brownies

Betty Crocker's Best of Baking

This is a cookbook that I've had for many many years probably since my late teens. I've always enjoyed baking however with baking you have many sweet tempting desserts calling out your name. Recently, it was brought to my attention by Mr Cookbook Queen that he has rarely seen me bake. Which to me sounded strange because 10 years ago, I would've been baking up a storm all the time. However, eating many desserts unfortunately does have a price to pay. So, for me to avoid the temptation, I avoid baking.

I love baking and I miss baking!

These Turtle Brownies looked so evil! I had to make them! The recipe made 1 1/2 dozen (18) brownies so I would make them and give most of them to Jake, who was heading to Grammy and Grandpa's for a couple days.

Well, my intentions were there. Sadly the recipe said it made 18 brownies have ever more accurately it made nine decent size brownies. I guess I could've cut them in half to get 18 mini brownies. Oh well! Jake did get to help and he licked the beaters. I know he's not supposed to but...

These brownies are super simple and quick. However, they have a very cakey texture and I prefer fudgy brownies. But for all those people who like cake like, tender brownies these are for you.

1 cup sugar 
1/2 cup shortening 
1 teaspoon vanilla
 two eggs 
2/3 cups flour
Two eggs
 1/2 cup cocoa 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 350°. Grease square pan, 9 x 9 x 2". Mix sugar, shortening, vanilla, and eggs in a large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients except nuts. Spoon batter into pan. Sprinkle walnuts over batter before baking.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Heat 12 caramels and 1 tablespoon milk over low heat, stirring frequently, until caramels are melted. Drizzle over warm brownies. Cool completely.

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