Thursday, August 07, 2008

The batter gene

This may not look like much...

but it is the best brownie batter (or any kind of batter) you will ever taste.

My mom, my sisters and I use to make this as an after school treat - it was a favorite.  But we'd always double the recipe.  That way we could eat half the batter, and still bake a pan of brownies with what was left.  My mom always said the batter was better than the brownies.

Noah shares my love of batter (Alex shares my love of anything junk food).  Whenever he helps in the kitchen he wants to try the batter - even if it's pancakes or bread or some kind of batter that really isn't meant to be eaten and just doesn't taste good.

Last week I realized I'd never made these brownies with the kids before, so I made sure to pick up the ingredients when we did the grocery shopping.  So Noah has been asking me all week, "When can we make the brownies with chocolate chips and marshmallows in them?"  Yesterday was that day.

The kids pull their chairs up to the counter (love that we have the counter space to do that now) and start helping me dump ingredients in.  After each ingredient we add Noah asks, "Is it batter yet?"  

Finally, the batter was ready to be eaten.
I think the kids enjoyed it as much as I always do.  Don't you?
(love their faces in these pictures)
 I guess that batter loving thing is hereditary.

Disappearing Brownies
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/4 cup butter
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 cup chocolate chips

Melt butterscotch chips and butter.  Cool.  Add dry ingredients, egg, and vanilla.  Mix well.  Fold in chocolate chips and marshmallows until just combined.  Spread in greased 9-inch square pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Don't overbake.  Center will be jiggly, then firm as it cools.

Don't forget to double the recipe - one bite of this batter is never enough : )


Randy and Tiffany said...

Oh my gosh, I haven't made Dissapearing Brownies in forever and now I HAVE to have some of that batter! SO YUMMY! I remember when one of our babysitters would never let us eat the batter when we made cookies and brownies and we just could never understand it...cuz Mom always let us! I love that second picture of the kids...they look like they are drunk on brownie batter :)
I am going to the store tonight to get the ingredients for this delicious treat! :)

[BrookeO] said...

I'm making these. No I'm not. Yes I am. I shouldn't...

Michele and John said...

im makin some tonight. for dinner. fo shiz.

gregandlaura said...

thanks for the recipe! they sound amazing!

Dad said...

OK brownie freaks....this stuff is way over rated. Give me some chocolate cake, Hagan Daz ice cream and a cold glass of milk over this stuff any day.

Sarah said...

That sounds SO yummy! My kids love the batter of just about anything too, I think it's the entire reason they love helping me bake :) I also love cookie and brownie batter. So good. I think we're just going to have to try this recipe out!

Also, your kids are hilarious, Alex cracks me up and reminds me of my Katie so much! What is with these independent second children? Way to go on the freezer jam, I need to get going on that while the fruit is still so cheap! And please tell me that you've finished Breaking Dawn! I so need to talk about it with you! :) Reading it while munching disappearing brownies.... sounds perfect! :)

BEN & LAURIE said...

Thanks! I we'll have to try it. Alex's hair has gotten so long!

Lynnette said...

Thanks for posting the recipe to which I cannot resist. Like I need another junk food recipe around the house! Your kids are so cute!

The Gatchell Crew said...

I know that baby sitter was not me Tiff, you know I would always let you eat the batter, or wait maybe it was me & I said NO so I could eat all the batter myself!!! Those look so YUMMY I am going to make those very very soon, like NOW!!! Crap I don't have any butterscotch chips... Oh well tomorrow then! Thanks for sharing the recipe Summer, a must have for my dessert book!!! THANKS! :) Marianne :)

Carrie Anne said...

oh i think i need some of that! my kids love the batter too...of everything i make. i always let them try it even if it's yucky.:) is that a nice mom?:)

Carmen said...

thanks for the's saved and will be tested shortly.