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Inspiring Buckeye brownies
April 26, 2012 - Dorma Tolson
It's been awhile since I've updated this blog. It's not that I haven't been cooking, I just haven't been doing any inspired cooking. My sports teams and how they perform are the basis of much of my inspiration. Nothing is more fun than coming up with special dishes for tailgating or as we call it at Tolson House —"game food." My teams haven't done that well lately. Oh yes, the Ohio State men's basketball team made it into the NCAA Final Four, which was great, but they didn't win the national championship ... again. I did, however, find the Ohio State football team's spring game a reason to celebrate. I see a lot of hope for great seasons in the future. For that game I found an interesting recipe for Buckeye Brownies in the "Big Book of Home Cooking" published by Gooseberry Patch. Here's the recipe:
19.5 ounce pkg. of brownie mix 2 c. powdered sugar 1/2 cup plus 6 T. butter, softened and divided 1 c. creamy peanut butter 6 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Prepare and bake brownie mix in a greased 13 inch by 9 inch pan, according to package directions. Let cool. Mix together powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter and peanut butter; spread over cooled brownies. Chill one hour. Mix together chocolate chips and remaining butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Spread over brownies. let cool; cut into squares. Makes 2 to 3 dozen. I, of course, made a few changes. I used milk chocolate brownie mix instead of the usual fudge (Pillsbury makes an excellent milk chocolate mix). And, instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips, I used milk chocolate chips. The original recipe said it tastes just like "buckeye candies," so I made it the way I make buckeye candies, with milk chocolate. The recipe is still very rich, so cut small squares, but it is very tasty and very similar to buckeye candy Perhaps when the "real" football season starts I'll have lots of inspiration for delicious tailgating recipes. If anyone has their own game-day specials, please pass them along.
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