i had dinner with a group of summer community service fellows this past week. the summer community service fellows applied to do summer service at a variety of sites in boston. they have dinner and reflection with each other at least once a week to talk about their journey at their service site.
bringing a dessert was optional, but it’s me. so, of course, i made dessert. i needed something quick and delicious. i saw this recipe for a homemade version of little debbie cosmic brownies.
it was a done deal.
one of the students said to me,”grae, the little debbie cosmic brownies are my favorite. when i started here at ec and was feeling homesick, my best friend sent me a box of cosmic brownies. i’m really looking forward to these!”
she set the bar high.
i saw her take her first bite. i had to see the initial reaction on her face to confirm whether or not my batch of brownies were successful.
it was all over her face.
before i left, she said,”grae, these were perfect!”
success? i say most definitely.
i made another batch of these brownies for m to take to work with her. they were super popular and eaten swiftly. what a win!
yield 9×13 pan – about 20 squares
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon instant espresso granules
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup m&ms