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I’m in full on back-to-school mode over here. I’m trying not to be, but the deadline of school/homeschool start is quickly approaching. This year I’m getting creative with lunches and snacks. The past few months have given me a new confidence in the kitchen. And, despite how strange this school year may look, I’m ready to tackle lunches and snacks like a pro with these Copycat Cosmic Brownies recipe!
I have to admit — my guiltiest of guilty pleasures are the Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies. I don’t know what is so glorious about them. Nostalgia, maybe? I’m not certain what it is — but these Copycat Cosmic Brownies contain all of that same magic!
Make school snacks fun
As we all know, this will be an unprecedented school year. No one really knows what it will look like for our kids — or us. Although I have decided to keep my kids home full-time and do distance learning, my plan is to still keep the school day structure. Before the pandemic started, I saw the writing on the wall. I watched what was happening in other countries, and I knew schools would be shut down in the US. So I stocked up on snacks and craft supplies. Those lasted approximately two weeks. Ha!
Now that I have a bit more time to prep for what’s to come, I was able to prepare in other ways. I bought a few sets of bento boxes from Amazon. My goal is to still make ‘school lunches’ for the kids. That way they aren’t trying to snack all day.
Cosmic Brownies or Bust
My love for Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies is apparently a trait I passed on to all three of my kids. And I can’t blame them! Fun fact — I’m not a big fan of chocolate, especially in candy. But these copycat cosmic brownies?! OMG — SO good!
You’ll have most of the items you need to make this recipe. The one ‘specialty’ item would be the rainbow chips. If you’ve ever eaten a cosmic brownie, you know those aren’t just regular chocolate chips on top! Nope! Those are candy coated chocolate chips. I bought a bag here off Amazon and it was the best priced per ounce.
The full Copycat Cosmic Brownies recipe
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs plus 2 yolks
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- ¼ cup Rainbow Chocolate Chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
- Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, whole eggs and yolks in a large bowl.
- Melt the butter and chocolate in a double boiler, then whisk together until fully combined.
- Whisk in the vegetable oil.
- Pour the chocolate mixture into the sugar mixture and mix until fully combined. Gently fold in the flour and cocoa.
- Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes.
- Meanwhile make the glaze.
- Place chopped or grated chocolate into a medium-sized, heatproof bowl and set aside.
- In a large heatproof bowl combine your sweetened condensed milk and butter.
- Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Microwave another 30 seconds.
- When the butter is melted carefully add your chocolate chips and stir in until melted. You can also microwave for 15 seconds more until chips are all melted and ganache is smooth.
- Pour the ganache over the brownies and immediately sprinkle with the rainbow chips.
- Let cool completely before slicing.