What will a waffle maker want when waffles won’t work?
It’s a riddle. And a tongue twister.
The answer: BROWNIES.
At the risk of stating the obvious, brownies are such a wonderful treat, even in their most basic form. Almost every loves brownies. They’re soft and comforting, like a delicious chocolate bear who decided he wanted to be friends and encased you in an embrace of sweet love. If a bear like that ever came up to you requesting a hug, would you turn him away? Of course not, just as you would never pass up a perfectly good brownie.
However, there is always a way to make fantastic things even more fantastical. In the case of brownies, you can swirl in some peanut butter, throw in some nuts, or maybe add a layer of cookie dough if you’re feeling adventurous. What’s my latest and greatest way of serving up these chocolatey treats?
Make ‘em in the waffle maker.
The term “waffle maker” is so misleading. It implies that the machine is fit for the sole purpose of making waffles, and only waffles. This is not the case. You can cook a cornucopia of foods in a waffle maker, and my favorite variation is brownies.
Waffles are whimsical treats. It’s that checkerboard shape with all its nooks and crannies that pulls you in. The whimsy transfers to the brownies as well. They’re so darn cute and delicious that you will find a smile in every forkful, and that is what dessert is all about.
The waffle maker creates brownies that are nice and crisp on the outside, but super soft, fudgy, and moist inside. They’re cooked to perfection! Best of all, waffle brownies are actually quicker and easier than the traditional baking method. They only take about five minutes in the waffle maker, whereas an oven could take as long as 30 minutes to bake them. Plus, you can use store-bought mix, which requires only one bowl to be dirtied, and they’ll be just as delicious.
I have one rule: you must top these babies with ice cream. When you serve up a plate of these warm, fudgy waffles, the crown of cool ice cream will melt into a creamy river and fill up every one of the waffle brownie’s crevices. It’s heaven, my little cookies. You can also drizzle on some hot fudge like you would syrup. The possibilities are endless.
A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:
- These guys are a little difficult to get out of the pan. Make sure you spray the waffle maker well with nonstick spray. Also, be gentle and give the waffles a lot of support when you’re taking them out of the iron.
- Don’t just settle for plain vanilla ice cream; almost any flavor would be delicious atop these waffle-ized brownies!
- You can use homemade batter if you want, but this is such a quick, easy, and delicious dessert that I don’t recommend over-complicating it. Buy some boxed mix; the world isn’t going to end.
- Try these toppings along with the ice cream: whipped cream, fresh fruit, caramel sauce, melted peanut butter, candied nuts, chocolate chips, or crushed Oreo cookies.
- This is a great snack for parties, sleepovers, or whenever you have company because it’s easy but so much fun!
By the Smart Cookie Cook
Yield: about 6 waffle brownies
- 1 box of your favorite brownie mix (plus whatever eggs, water, and what-not that it calls for)
- ice cream, for topping
- Preheat your waffle maker according to manufacturer’s directions.
- Make the brownie batter according to packaged directions.
- Liberally spray waffle maker with nonstick cooking spray. Pour brownie batter into the center of the iron, letting it spread out to the edges. Do not over fill.
- Cook the waffle brownies for five minutes or until the outside is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Use a fork to get under the corner of the waffle brownie then carefully slip a spatula underneath and gently remove it from the waffle pan. Serve immediately with ice cream.
- Note: If you want to keep the finished brownies warm while you cook the others, place them on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and keep in an oven at 200 degrees.
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