Sunday, September 13, 2009

Double-Decker Confetti Brownies

I know it seems that I've been posting a lot of sweets lately, but with all four kids in school and packing lunches, I've been baking a lot of sweets and love sharing each of them with you! :) I promise to post some great new dinner recipes that are quick and delicious and perfect for your busy weeknight meals.

These double layer brownies were fantastic and pleased both the brownie lovers and cookie lovers in our family. My "confetti" (the mini M&M's) in the cookie layer sunk, so the bars weren't as cute as I was hoping for but they were still a huge hit with my little critics. The entire pan was devoured in one day between lunches, after school snacks and my 42 year old cookie monster.

From the heart of my kitchen to yours, may your experience be fun and the food always flavorful. Enjoy!

Double-Decker Confetti Brownies

3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
1 cup M&M's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Baking Bits, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 13x9x2 inch baking pan; set aside.

In large bowl cream 3/4 cup butter and sugars until light and fluffy; beat in eggs and vanilla.

In medium bowl combine 2 1/4 cups flour, baking powder and salt; blend into creamed mixture.

Divide batter in half. Blend together cocoa powder and melted butter; stir into one half of the dough. Spread cocoa dough evenly into prepared baking pan.

Stir remaining 1/4 cup flour and 1/2 cup "M&M's" into remaining dough; spread evenly over cocoa dough in pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup "M&M's".

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until edges start to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Store in tightly covered container.

Source: The Great American Cookie Cookbook


Heidi said...

I'm packing a lot of school lunches too, so I LOVE that you are posting some great ideas for me! I have everything for these but the mini m&m's (I do have regular ones though... do you think that would work?).

Heidi said...

I read once if you dust your m&m's with a small amount of flour they will hold their place in the batter and not sink. You may try that to get them from sinking next time.

Christy said...

Heidi-Thanks for the suggestion, I'll try that next time I make these. :) Yes, I think regular ones would be great too, more to munch on! I'm glad you've enjoyed all the sweets posts.

Natalie said...

oh my gosh, these sound awesome! i'm going to have to make them soon! great recipe!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

M&M's make anything more fun!!

Patsyk said...

Fabulous idea to combine brownies and m&m cookies! My kids would adore this treat!

Ingrid said...

I've got no problems with all the yummy goodies you've been posting! Keep 'em comin'!

Krista said...

These look so good! I bet your kiddos love finding such wonderful treats in their lunches.

teresa said...

i am loving your blog! i want to make everything you have posted, especially these brownies!

Lynda said...

These brownies look delicious, Christy! My family will love them!

Coleen's Recipes said...

These look dangerously delicious.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my gosh. These look SO totally delish! I could go for one right this second! Stopping over from SITS!

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

These look Yummy!

Popping in from SITS to say hello.

Barbara Bakes said...

We have lots of cookie monsters at my house. These would be gone in a flash!

Sarah@HomeschoolinRealLife said...

I SO didn't need to see this this morning! Good thing I went grocery shopping yesterday or it would be all I could think about.
Following you over from SITS

D. said...

These look amazing! I'm going to try to make them for my twins' birthday party next weekend!

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Debbie in Nashville said...

Those look amazing. I must try them.

Have a great Saturday and Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

pinkstripes said...

Those look yummy!

cookies and cups said...

thanks so much for stopping by my blog...I was just looking around yours and too funny about the toffee the pictures yours and mine look so similar, but our recipes are different! love it! these brownies look awesome, just like something my kids (and me!) would LOVE!

Mary said...

Hello! Popping over from SITS Roll Call to visit and I already see a few familiar faces in the comments!!

Lots of yummy goodness here. I'm a new follower of yours now.


They look beautiful, the kids will be happy to enjoy it.

AngiDe- Nana's Box said...

Hey, visiting from SITS! Those brownies look so delicious!! You can never have too many sweets ;)

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Christina said...

It figures that my first SITS Saturday Sharefest, I'd land on a blog with lots of amazing recipes! My sweet tooth has been nagging me lately to bake more, so I may have to try these brownies... yum.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Bethany said...

Oh my gosh, those look so delicious! Stopping by from SITS :) I'll have to try them out!

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