I'm a native Texan with a passion for good food and Texas history. Tex-Mex is a way of life for me, and so is baking!
This week, I’m visiting my home state of Texas. Several of my blogging friends agreed to do guest posts for me. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Kristan from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen is laugh out loud funny. Every post to her blog makes me giggle like a school girl, and her recipes are incredibly fun and fanciful. Or as she’d say, pink and sparkly!
I’m Kristan, from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. I’m a displaced housewife living and baking in rural Arkansas. I’m also mom to a sweet baby (6 year old) boy and love cookbooks and anything sweet, pink, or sparkly. Even my blog sparkles!!
My goal through my blog is to encourage my readers to embrace their inner housewife diva and do some baking of their own. Baking is supposed to cool, fun, and even a little glamorous (with the right apron and shoes….) but doesn’t have to be perfect. The important thing is that you put a smile on the face of someone you love…that is what baking is all about.
I’d like to give a HUGE thank you to Amber for letting me visit her blog today…..she is such a sweetie and I always look forward to reading her posts.
Since I am new here and trying to buy friends with baked goods (pretty much how I get all my friends), I thought I’d share a recipe for German Chocolate Brownies. Everyone loves those, right?
This recipe is a combination of two different recipes…I loved the topping on one, but wanted to use my favorite brownie recipe instead. Keep in mind that you can totally adapt this to use your own brownie recipe or even a mix. Just be sure to double the topping if your brownies require a 9×13 pan.
1/2 cup salted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Topping: (adapted from Good Housekeeping Brownies)
2 egg whites
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup pecans
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
dash of salt
Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8×8 pan with foil and spray the foil thoroughly with nonstick spray.
In a medium bowl, combine melted butter and cocoa powder, stirring until the cocoa powder is dissolved. Add the sugar and mix well. Add eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Add flour and stir only until you can no longer see flour in the batter. Gently fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter in prepared 8×8 pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
In a medium bowl, beat egg whites with a wire whisk until foamy. Stir in coconut, pecans, brown sugar, milk, vanilla and salt until well combined. Spread topping evenly over batter.
Bake brownies for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with moist crumbs stuck to it.
Cool brownies on a wire rack to room temperature, then peel off the foil, cut and serve.
I’d love for you to hop over and visit my blog….just don’t judge me if you do. I say embarrassing stuff sometimes and I don’t know why. Okay, I do know why. My plan is to make you feel more normal by sharing my weird habits and secret sarcastic thoughts.
Only…most people email me and tell me they think the same way I do. Which means…..everyone is weird? I don’t know, it’s confusing.
Thanks again to Amber for not only publicly admitting that she knows me, but letting me guest post for her. I hope to get to know some of you guys soon!!
Have a fabulous day!!