If I tell you a little secret will you promise not to hate me, yell at me or write me off? Stone me with month old biscuts? Promise? Ok. Here goes…
I’ve never technically made brownies from anything other than a box.
I know, I KNOW! What kind of self proclaimed baker could I possibly be having not made from scratch brownies?
The argument (in my head, mind you) usually goes something like this:
“crap, gotta make brownies” - find recipe.
“mmm these look good” - I hope I don’t ruin these.
“just doooo it, chicken” - eep. scared. never made brownies.
“tick, tock” - running out of time! arg!
“get on with it!” - WHAT? Not enough ______? UGH!!
“le sigh. boxed brownies it is” - whew. what a relief.
*Sigh* So you see, its all a giant jumble of fear for wasting ingredients and turning out something completely inedible and a lack of time management. Did I mention I’m a procrastinator?
Well let me tell you, I have changed my ways. Pinky promise. At least on using boxed brownies for everything. They definately taste better homemade AND they instill a sense of pride I never knew I could bestow upon myself!
See how pretty? I just LOVE the craters in brownies, don’t you?
Dorie’s brownie buttons were originally supposed to be made in a MINI muffin pan BUT I didn’t have one (and I wasn’t about to buy one for $30 at the last minute… I mentioned I’m a procrastinator, right?) so I made then in a regular ole cupcake pan. And darnit, they are still cute as…. well…. buttons!! It yielded 7. I promptly ate the odd one out, I have a quirk about even numbers. Don’t ask.
The only thing I changed was that I used the zest of an entire orange, rather than half. It looked so lonely only half zested and I figured what the heck… orange and chocolate are a match made in heaven anyhow. I also didn’t “dip” my brownies in the melted white chocolate. Instead, I melted a handful of white chocolate chips and piped dots on each brownie. Why you ask? Well they ARE called BUTTONS. Duuuuh.
Let me tell you, these are good! Have you ever eaten those chocolate oranges? They are a bit reminiscent of those. My mom used to buy those for me on her way home from work so, these brownies are quite nostalgic for me.
Tony on the other hand, won’t touch them with a ten foot pole. “Fruit in baked goods is gross” he says. *shakes head* Men
For more pictures of these lovelies click here.