Tuesday, June 23, 2009

So Not Homemade

Okay, I will admit that I succumb to the temptation of using store bought items and mixes not only to supplement recipes but to actually BECOME the recipe. A perfect example of this happened on Sunday for Father's Day lunch. I had planned to go to the store and purchase items to make a fabulous Italian Creme Cake, but at the end of the day time ran out and I was fully dependent on my pantry and Dollar General. So here's what I came up with...OKAY! Here's what Betty Crocker came up with:

Oreo Brownie Bars

1 Brownie mix
1 container vanilla frosting
1 pkg crushed Oreos

Now, if you can't figure out what to do with those ingredients then you should just forgo any attempt at making something yourself and stop by the Wal-Mart Bakery when in need.

On the other hand, if you have the time and the means, try these brownies:

Durning House Brownies

4 eggs, beaten
1 c. butter melted
6 T. cocoa
2 c. sugar
1 c. flour
1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 c. milk
1 stick butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 box powdered sugar
3 T. cocoa
2 c. pecans, broken (optional)

Beat eggs and sugar. Add butter, flour, cocoa, and vanilla. Mix until well blended, by hand only. Do not use electric mixer after flour is added. Always use 9 x 13-inch pan. It is better to grease bottom of pan with Crisco than oil. Put on center rack so will not burn. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes only, though it may not look done. Thoroughly cool before icing.

Icing: Put milk, butter, and cocoa in pan; bring to boil. have powdered sugar in large bowl ready for hot mixture. Pour it all at once, and beat with mixer until smooth. add nuts and vanilla. Work quickly because it sets up fast.

And for the semi-homemade version--put Durning House icing on Betty's brownies. Sandra would be proud.


  1. The brownies look great, Keelie! I think I can actually smell them! Blessings.-Kathy