Little Debbie’s Cosmic Brownies will never be the same! These Homemade Cosmic Brownies are intensely chocolatey, colorful, crunchy, and a great sub to the store bought version!
When I was growing up in elementary school, my mom used to always pack my brother and I the best lunches. One day it would be a turkey wrap, the next a thermos of leftover spaghetti, and the day after that a piece of cut up pizza. They always included a main item, like spaghetti, a healthy snack, like carrots, something a little crunchy, like crackers, and a little sweet thing, like a piece of chocolate. It was always quite the balanced meal! But she didn’t just stop there, she would also always put in a different colorful paper napkin and a little note wishing us a good day.
Several years later once I was done school and graduated from college and working my first “big girl” job, over the summers I would come home for lunch and she would still have an iced tea, a grilled cheese, and a salad ready and waiting for me when I got home. My coworkers were always jealous when I told them that I was going home because my mom was making me lunch.
Since my mom made such good lunches, and since my school cafeteria was less than extraordinary, I rarely would buy lunch as a child. When I did, or when I was given an occasional quarter or two to visit the lunchroom snack table, I knew immediately what I was going to get.
Every. Single. Time.
Yep. Every time I had the chance at lunch, little Shelby would go and buy a cosmic brownie for dessert. I would carefully open the package and strategically eat around as many toppings as I could so that my last bite would be the piece with the most colorful candies on it. Then I would pop it in my mouth and wish I had another quarter to get another one.
My love of cosmic brownies didn’t end there, and shortly after starting Go Eat and Repeat, I knew I needed to try making my own Homemade Cosmic Brownies.
The result? Delicious.
My Homemade Cosmic Brownies are intensely chocolatey and fudgy. The cake-y brownie serves as the perfect base for the smooth, soft, and gooey layer of chocolate ganache on the top. Then, the colorful and crunchy M&M’s add a wonderful color and texture to the brownies. The result is a brownie that is EVEN BETTER than those I remember as a child.
It was so hard not eating them all while I was photographing it! They are just so pretty and delectable!
Even though I never had these homemade versions when I was young, I have and always will remember those sweet and thoughtful little lunches my mom would put together for me. Even if it didn’t include a Cosmic Brownie.
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbs water
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup mini m&ms
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x13" baking dish with aluminum foil and grease with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine white and brown sugars, butter, eggs, water and vanilla extract. Whisk until well incorporated. Add the cocoa powder and continue whisking until fully combined and no lumps remain.
- Carefully stir in flour with a spatula, mixing just until combined.
- Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake at 350F for 25-30 min or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool.
- While the brownies cool, prepare the ganache topping. Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute and 20 seconds, or until chocolate pieces have become soft and beginning to melt. Remove from the the microwave and set aside (Do not stir).
- Place cream in another microwave safe dish and heat cream about 1 minute and 20 seconds or until steamy and just coming to a boil. Pour over chocolate chips and, without stirring, allow to sit for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, whisk mixture until fully combined (heating in 15 second intervals in the microwave if lumps persist).
- Pour ganache over the brownies and spread it evenly with a spatula. Place a sheet of foil over the brownies and place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes to 1 hour to allow the ganache to cool.
- After about 45 minutes, remove brownies from the refrigerator and discard foil. Add on mini m&ms, sprinkling them evenly over the brownies. Refrigerate the brownies again and allow to chill completely for another hour.
- Once completely chilled, remove brownies from refrigerator, slice, and serve. Store in the fridge for best keeping.
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