Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Gooey Marshmallow Brownies

It's very rewarding to experiment with gluten free flours and find the right combination that can yield a perfect dessert. But sometimes it's also nice to throw something together real quick that still comes out delicious. That's how these brownies are--simple but good. They're also perfect for adults and children alike, so whether you're having friends over for dinner or want a dessert for gluten and dairy free children, this is an easy go-to that everyone will be happy with.

This doesn't have a real recipe, and all you need are a box of gluten free brownie mix and a bag of mini marshmallows (which are gluten and dairy free). I used Betty Crocker's gluten free brownie mix, since all you have to add are two eggs and a melted half stick of margarine (my favorite is still Earth Balance). Stir, put in a greased baking pan, and let cook. For the size of my dish, I cooked them for 23 minutes--3 minutes under the medium amount the box says to bake.

Then take the pan out of the oven and turn on the broiler. While that heats up, sprinkle mini marshmallows over the top of the brownies. It's up to you how many you want--you can see that I put on a fair amount so that there were small gaps between them. Then place the pan in the broiler for 20-30 seconds, but keep a close eye on them. I roasted these for about 24 seconds.

If you like your brownies a bit more done, I suggest cooking them a couple minutes longer in the oven. But just keep in mind that they cook more in the broiler and just by being in the hot baking dish.

Cutting them up is a bit messy, but you can scrape the sides of the knife and give the sticky parts to someone to enjoy. They were hot, gooey, and delicious. Between the four of us, we cleaned off the dish. But as you can see, with a large dish like this one, the brownies were very thin. If you want less marshmallow taste in ratio the chocolate, then I suggest an 8" by 8" or 9" by 9" pan.