Cosmic Brownies

You can spot the chocoholics a mile away. They’re the ones who circle the table before striking up a conversation. One of the staff at the station had to mention that he really liked chocolate. I promised I was leaving the whole tray to be enjoyed after my segment. Of course, I had to squirrel away a few for the chocoholics at home. Bill gave them his seal of approval—not that there was any doubt!

By | May 24, 2017


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with non-stick foil (or use regular foil sprayed with non-stick cooking spray). Set aside
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter using 30-second increments
  3. Add the sugars and mix to combine. Then add the eggs, coffee, vanilla, and stir till well mixed.
  4. Add the cocoa powder, instant espresso, and whisk until smooth.
  5. Add the flour, cornstarch and baking powder and stir until it's just incorporated; don't overmix.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with an offset spatula. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes till top looks set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. While brownies have cooled for at least a half hour, make the ganache. Add chocolate chips to a medium, microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for one minute. Set aside. Heat the cream in a Pyrex measuring cup or another microwave safe bowl till it starts to boil. Remove and pour over chocolate chips. Let stand about 5 minutes before whisking to combine. If there are any small lumps, you may microwave for 15 seconds and whisk till smooth. Repeat if needed.
  8. Pour ganache over brownies and smooth with an offset spatula. Sprinkle with candies and chill for at least 2 hours.

Total time does not include cooling times.
Adapted from numerous recipes including Averie Cooks Homemade Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies.


For the brownies
  • ¾ cup butter (1½ sticks), melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
The Ganache
  • 1½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1 cup mini candy-coated chocolates
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