This week Sunday Supper is all about Copycat Recipes! There are so many copycat recipes out there and I often mark these recipes to make for later but it never seems like I get around to making them. In fact, when I quickly looked over my blog it looked as though I only have 2 copycat recipes out of 1500+ posts! So when the theme came up this week I knew I had to make something.
Since I was at Food and Wine Conference last weekend I knew I wasn't going to have much time to make a recipe this week so I wanted something quick and easy but something that was tasty. Then my husband actually made the decision for me...he just didn't know it. He came home on Tuesday and told me it was one of his students birthdays that weekend. I knew I just had to make her something sweet for her birthday.
Looking around for a sweet copycat recipe I saw the Cosmic Brownies. Did you ever have a Cosmic Brownie as a kid? They are made by Little Debbie and they were like gold in lunchboxes. They came in packages of 2 brownies with plenty of flat sprinkles on top. Cosmic Brownies were so different from homemade brownies because they were flat and fudgy and that made them awesome.
As I made the brownies I realized there was no baking powder in them and that they were going to be flat just like I remembered them. Not only were they flat but they were rich and really tasty. Then the thick ganache on top with the sprinkles really made them look like the classic Cosmic Brownies. They tasted similar to classic Cosmic Brownie but more homemade and better. My husband and I enjoyed several of these and his student really loved them!
Cosmic Brownies Copycat Recipe #SundaySupper
Rich and thin brownies topped with thick chocolate ganache and sprinkles, just like Little Debbie used to make.
For the brownies:
- ¾ c. butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 c. sugar
- ⅔ c. brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- 1 Tablespoons vanilla
- ¾ c. cocoa powder
- ¾ c. flour
- 1 t. salt
For the ganache:
- 1 ½ c. chocolate candy melts
- ⅓ c. heavy cream
- flat sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 pan with aluminum foil.
- In a large bowl combine the butter, eggs, sugar, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla. Mix well to combine.
- Pour in the cocoa powder and mix until combined.
- Add the flour and salt and stir until just combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Place on a wire rack and cool for 1 hour.
- Place the chocolate melts and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 20 second intervals until melted, stirring after each heating,
- Pour the ganache over top of the brownies and smooth. Sprinkle with the sprinkles and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Remove from refrigerator and remove the brownies using the aluminum foil. Cut into squares.
Adapted from Cincy Shopper
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Oh my this brings back some memories! I bet these are way better!!
They are really, really good.
What cute little brownies!
I have made homemade Cosmic brownies! They are so much better than the real thing. 🙂
Valerie Cathell Clark
I was obviously a deprived kid! I've never had these scrumptious looking brownies, but I know my whole family will go nuts over them when I make your recipe! Beautiful presentation and very fun!
If you've never had them you need to try them! They are yummy!
Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook
Yes, yes, a million times yes! I will be making these - saving them for the next time I see my brother. Definitely our childhood favorite lunchbox treat.
DB, Foodie Stuntman | Crazy Foodie Stunts
So glad to have met you and your husband in person last week! I hope you guys enjoyed yourself and learned lots.
You know, I've never seen these from Little Debbie but I really hadn't looked. I'm intrigued by the omission of the baking powder. They look delicious!
So glad to have met you too! It was an amazing weekend! I think leaving out the baking powder in the brownies is what makes them thin, fudgy, and delicious!
I missed out on Cosmic brownies as a kid! SO glad I can make them after today!!!
I want one now 🙂
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I haven't thought about Cosmic Brownies since my son was in grade school. Oh boy, he loved these in his lunch box!
Your brownies look amazing, and I can't wait to try your recipe! I know my son will love them, and of course, I will!!
Love those fun sprinkles and that thick layer of icing!
Marlene @Nosh My Way
I loved cosmic brownies. I actually forgot about them until I saw your post. Little Debbie made it into my lunch box so many time when I was a little girl. Thanks for the memories.
Yup, sure have had one of these! What a nice treat for your hubby's student!