What kid doesn’t like brownies? And what kid doesn’t like candy? So whhhhyyyyy not combine the TWO, toss them in a pan and bake them for the perfect kid-friendly holiday treat. Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate! YUM! This recipe is so easy even the youngest itty-bitty can help by breaking up candy and placing chunky pieces of it in the brownie mix. Using a box brownie mix makes this recipe super easy and time-friendly for holiday classroom treats too! My kids love the Hershey Symphony and Twix candy bar recipe, but you could substitute chopped candy canes, red and green M&Ms, or even chopped Rocher chocolates or Heath bars. Let your kids experiment with different options and see what tastes they like best! Anything goes!
Anything-Goes Holiday Brownies
1 box favorite family-size Brownie mix + 1 box regular size mix (like Pillsbury or Betty Crocker)
1.5-2.5 cups of chopped candies like Symphony bars, Twix candy, red and green M&Ms, candy canes, nuts or any other favorite chocolates.
Prepare the brownie mixes according to box instructions in the same bowl. (If there is an option for making fudge-like brownies by including an extra egg you can follow that recipe for both mixes.)
In a 9 X 13 pan, sprayed with Pam, pour 2/3 of the brownie batter from both mixes in the bottom of the pan. Tilt the pan for the mix to completely cover the bottom of the pan. Add as much batter to cover completely. Then take the chopped candy bars and sprinkle them evenly over the brownie mixture. You can add as much or as little of the chopped candy as you like. Drop by the spoonful the remaining brownie batter on top of the candy layer until most of the candy is covered.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let cool completely. Cut the brownies into small squares and wrap in holiday tins or cookie containers as gifts or classroom treats.
Aimee Serafin, editor of the Augusta Family Magazine.