I love the holiday season! To me, the holidays mean time with family, good food, decorations and celebrating special times. We are really looking forward to Thanksgiving next week with our family, and since we are traveling, we cooked a mini-feast at home this past weekend. Lily helped me with some of the preparations and I cherish the time I spend with her in the kitchen. It warms my heart to see her run over, grab her stool and bring it to the counter to see what I am up to and to see how she can help. This is some of my favorite holiday time – spending time cooking and baking with my daughter.
Growing up, the holidays always meant good food because my mother was a wonderful cook. Since I am originally from Poland, our holiday traditions often varied from the standard American fair. Pickled herring, beets, borscht and mushroom soup were typically on the menu. I’ve kept the beets going as I transitioned into my own family life, but somehow I can’t convince Adam to enjoy pickled herring.
What I do like to add to our current traditions are some of the dessert items my husband has grown up with like pumpkin pie, spice cookies and brownies. Recently we made our own brownies from scratch (my first attempt!) using a recipe from Nestle USA and Ovaltine. Lily really enjoyed helping me mix everything together.
The brownies turned out wonderful. We made some fresh whipped cream which we dropped on warm brownies. Delicious holiday memories in the making!
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 35 mins
Cooling Time: 30 mins cooling
Makes 16 servings
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons water
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups OVALTINE Rich Chocolate Mix
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (6 ounces) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels,divided
Preheat oven to 325° F. Grease 9-inch-square baking pan. Combine sugar, butter and water in large bowl; stir well. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Combine flour, Ovaltine, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; stir into sugar mixture. Fold in 1/4 cup morsels. Spread into prepared baking pan.
Bake for 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup morsels over top of brownie; let stand for 5 minutes. Spread morsels over brownie with small spatula. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.
I think a little dusting of Ovaltine on top would add a nice touch.
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