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Chocolate Marshmallow Brownies

Chocolate Marshmallow Brownies

You know those Sunday mornings when you want to make a really amazing, knock your socks off, post Church, Sunday dinner treat? And maybe impress some people…

We know about those mornings. Which means brownies. One of the best brownie recipes I have ever made.

But first, a joke.

The current joke around here is Grapes.
Hey honey, what should we make for a treat tonight?
How bout grapes?

Since I’ve started cleaning up my blog so I could start posting again, I came across some pages I’d written a few years ago on produce shopping tips. One of the pages was on picking out grapes….verbatim quote:

“Fresh grapes can be a wonderful, delightful, and delicious treat, especially on a hot summer day. Unless they are mushy and soft. So how do you pick the best grapes? Start by using your sense of touch.”

You guys. I typed that. Like, what in the world was I smokin’? Like, there are a million things wrong with that paragraph. Like, VOMIT IN MY MOUTH.

  1. Grapes are not treats. Chocolate is.
  2. Wonderful? Delightful? How can those words possibly accurately describe a grape, for crying out loud?
  3. Using your sense of touch, mushy, soft.  I’m stopping myself there so we can keep this G-rated.

Most of the time it’s really healthy to make fun of yourself about something ridiculous. It also makes for fun, random, outbursts of laughter when a dear husband pokes fun by suggesting serving grapes as a Sunday dinner treat.

May I repeat: grapes are not treats. Chocolate is.

So here is chocolate. For your next Sunday dinner treat. And trust me, it is much more of a treat than grapes. When there is more sugar in a recipe than flour, and not by just a little ways, by a double ways, you’re bound to have a very “wonderful, delightful, and delicious treat.”

(Shout out to Mom Dodds for making these incredible brownies legendary in the family. I only tweaked them slightly and I still think about you, Dad, and rocky road brownies for dessert whenever Fast Sunday comes around.)

Go make these brownies.

Chocolate Marshmallow Brownies
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Rich, fudgey, gooey brownies with a layer of marshmallows and thin chocolate frosting.
Karissa Dodds:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1½ cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • Frosting:
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Combine sugar and cocoa powder in a large bowl or stand mixer. Gently stir or whisk until combined.
  3. Add the melted butter and beat. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating to incorporate egg fully before adding the next egg.
  4. Add the flour, salt, and vanilla. Beat until combined. (Fold in nuts if using)
  5. Pour brownie batter into prepared pan and spread out to smooth the top. Bake in a preheated oven for about 25 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle marshmallows over top. Return pan to oven for 3-5 minutes, or until marshmallows are large and puffy. Remove brownies from oven and set aside to cool slightly.
  7. For the frosting:
  8. Combine powdered sugar and cocoa powder into a medium bowl or stand mixer. Stir or whisk until combined.
  9. Add melted butter, milk, vanilla, and salt. Beat until smooth.
  10. Pour frosting over warm brownies and spread evenly over top.
  11. These brownies are very gooey and messy, but delicious, when still warm. They are best served after cooling completely for 4-5 hours or overnight.


2 thoughts on “Chocolate Marshmallow Brownies”

  • 😂I’m dying here over your previous description of grapes. And glad that you can laugh about it now. Also, I only wish I thought of grapes as a treat. I’m with you. Treats = chocolate. :)

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