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Homemade Cosmic Brownies #OXOGoodCookies

I had a feeling I was going to regret baking these brownies and I was right. Holy deliciousness. And my poor thighs. What did I get myself into?

As a tween, I basically lived off these brownies. The days I got to walk to the corner store and snag me one or two of these bad boys were the happiest days of my life. Yes, my life revolved around desserts from a young age. And yes, these brownies were within walking distance of me. The joys of living in Brooklyn :)

Nowadays, I'm not so keen on buying packaged desserts. So, when I saw this recipe on Life Made Simple's blog, I nearly fell off my chair. It was too good to be true. When you taste these, you'll understand. You simply cannot stop at just one.

I am dedicating this recipe to OXO's annual Good Cookie campaign in support of Cookies For Kids Cancer. Cookies For Kids Cancer is a charity organization that raises awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research by encouraging everyone to bake a difference.

As part of the campaign, OXO pledges to donate $100 to Cookies for Kids Cancer for every blog post dedicated to this campaign. In addition, they will donate 25 cents for each of their specially marked baking products that are sold. I was lucky enough to receive some of their brand new baking products, two of which I used to create these amazing brownies. You can purchase these two products, here, and here.

Happy baking everybody!

Homemade Cosmic Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies
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1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
pinch of salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs
pinch of vanilla powder (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
3 tablespoons whole milk

For the ganache topping:
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 oz. milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lighly spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat together sugar, brown sugar, and melted butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated. Beat in vanilla.

Gradually add dry ingredients and milk, alternating between the two, and beating until they are just combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan and use a spatula to spread it out.

Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.

While the brownies are cooling, prepare the ganache.

Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl. Heat heavy cream in a medium saucepan until simmering, then pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips. Let stand for one minute, then stir together until all the chocolate chips are melted and mixture is smooth.

Pour ganache over cooled brownies, using a spatula to evenly spread it out. Top with rainbow crunch chips.

Let the ganache set at room temperature or refrigerate to speed up the process. Cut into 3 x 2" bars and serve. Store covered at room temperature.

Disclosure: I was provided with products from OXO at no cost in exchange for this post. No additional compensation was provided and all opinions, as always, are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that help make this blog possible.

The fine print:
- Cookies for Kids' Cancer is a recognized 501c(3) public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. 100% of proceeds raised by Cookies for Kids' Cancer fund pediatric cancer research.
 - OXO will be donating $100 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for each blog post dedicated to this campaign in October (up to our $100,000 commitment*.)
 - *In 2015, OXO will donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids' Cancer through product proceeds, bake sale matches and other fundraising efforts

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