Whenever I’m feeling kind of meh, I have a few options. A nap isn’t usually possible (there are small children about), so I can either try to sneak episodes of whatever TLC show is new on Netflix without the li’l ones noticing, or I can make a pie. It’s hard to hide what my iPad is doing, so I think the pie wins this one.
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I never used to think about when I ate. Until I had children.
Turns out, kids like to eat on a schedule. A predictable one. They like to know that they’ll eat, I guess. Constantly. And as a result, I now always contemplate my next snack or meal as well. I think I used to spend that spare energy napping.
But seeing as how I haven’t napped since 2008, I spend a lot of time preparing meals and snacks for my brood. You’d think that I’d be eating a lot more as a result, but I kind of lose my appetite after I’m done fetching milk and napkins and yogurt squeezies and more napkins to wipe up the spilled milk and then more milk because, you know, it spilled.
In other words, I don’t sit down. So in those rare moments that the house is kid-free, I suddenly remember that I haven’t eaten and I make a beeline for the brownies.
These brownies really threw me. I’ve never been able to resist a brownie, but these are covered in thick, fudgy glaze. Two layers of it. When I brought these to Thanksgiving dinner as both a gluten-free option and an alternative to pie, they just started flying off the serving plate. I had to grab a few and hide them before they were totally gone for my bedtime snack.
Something about the glaze is ridiculously addictive. It reminds me of the decadent fudge topping you find on bakery cakes and cookies. I couldn’t really stop eating it. And it comes together very quickly on the stove top.
Bottom line is, I spend a lot of time being grossed out as I watch my children do unspeakable things with Cheez-Its. I need the good stuff to be available when they’re sweetly asleep. These are a perfect option!
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8 X 8 pan with foil and spray it with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix the cocoa into the melted butter until it dissolves. Add the sugar and stir again. When the sugar is incorporated, mix in the vanilla and eggs. Add the salt and flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until the center is set and the edges are firm. Cool completely.
- When the brownies are cool, make the glaze. Melt the chocolate in a saucepan with the butter and 2 tablespoons of water. When it's melted, take the pot off the heat and stir in the powdered sugar. Add the remaining tablespoons of water and stir until smooth.
- Allow the glaze to thicken for about 15 minutes. When it's a little thicker, pour half the glaze over the brownies. Let the glaze set.
- Pour the other half carefully on top of the brownies and let the second layer of glaze set.
- When the glaze is hard, cut into squares and serve.