Saturday, June 19, 2010

Symphony Brownies

Here's whatcha need:

Here's whatcha do:

Mix a family size brownie mix as directed on package.

Pour half into greased 8x8 inch pan.

Place two 4.5 oz Symphony Candy Bars (the ones with toffee and nuts) on top of the brownie batter.

Pour remaining brownie batter over the candy bars.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

The original recipe said to make these brownies in a 9x13 pan and to use three candy bars, but I like thick brownies so I did the 8x8 and it worked great.  Either way would be terrific!  Also, you could use My Favorite Brownie Recipe instead of the box mix, but if you do, use a 9x9 pan because that recipe is a bit bigger.

From whence it came:  My married daughter has the cutest friend named Kylee Dial.  This girl is a wonderful girl.  She is from Chicago and grew up with my sonny-in-law.  She comes from the nicest, most fabulous family.  We spent time with all of them last summer here in San Diego at my daughter's wedding, and they are the kind of people that you just feel like you've known forever and ever.  Kylee, this recipe is to-die-for, and you are a hero for sharing it with all of us!

Why it's blogable:  Here's the deal...these brownies are beyond fabulous!  I made them for the first time this past week and everyone did back flips over them.  Who am I kidding, there isn't an Anderson in this household who has ever done a back flip.  None of us have ever even attempted a back flip.  We're simply not back flippers.  But if we were, we would do one over these brownies.  That's how good they are!  I promise.  Trust me.  You must.  Make them soon.  Make them now.  Hurry!

A family tradition:  Us Andersons have a tradition in our family that when it's your birthday, or Father's Day, you get to pick the meals you want to have that day.  Breakfast and dinner.  You're on your own for lunch.  Two meals is enough.  Let's not get carried away!  So this week I asked The Spy Who Loves Me what he wanted to eat for Father's Day breakfast and dinner.  (I'm not kidding about lunch.  I draw the line at lunch.  I won't do it and you can't make me!)

I'm always curious as to what these goofballs that I live with will choose.  My teen son chose Cheese Strata last year for his birthday breakfast and Crockpot Lasagna for his birthday dinner.  My teen daughter wanted Breakfast Burritos for breakfast and for the life of me I can't remember what that girl wanted for dinner.  The Spy Who Loves Me was born on Christmas Eve and let me just say, I find that annoying!  Christmas Eve should just be Christmas Eve.  He also finds it annoying and shares many sob stories (none of them true) about how when he was a little red headed, freckled face, four eyed boy he would get the toy for his birthday and the batteries that went in it for Christmas.  Don't you dare feel sorry for that man.  Everyone has always gone out of their way to make sure that Christmas Eve is HIS big day.

Where was I?  Oh yeah, the brownies.  Father's Day is tomorrow so this past week I asked The Spy what he wanted...I think I already said this.  I should just get to the point.  This is what The Spy picked.  Whole Wheat Pancakes and bacon for breakfast.  The Spy and the teen son have a love affair with bacon.  It's not good.  For dinner he wants Stromboli and salad with just iceberg lettuce, cheese and ranch dressing.  Totally unhealthy!  Totally ridiculous!  But it's Father's Day so I have to do what he wants.  It's a tradition.  But don't you worry, I'll make him pay by feeding him tons of vegies this coming week!  And guess what he picked for his Father's Day dessert.  These brownies.  That's how much The Spy loves these brownies.  Wanna know a secret?  I'm not making these brownies for The Spy for Father's Day.  Nope, I'm not.  They are delicious, and they are so easy, but I decided to be a rebel and make his favorite pie from his childhood.  Chocolate Cream Pie with a really thick graham cracker crust.  He knows me well enough to know that I'm pretty much gonna do what I want, so he won't be too surprised.  I'll make him the brownies some other day...just because.  Just because I'm the best wife in the whole wide world!  Now if I can just convince him of that, we'll be in business!

Click here to get the printable:
Symphony Brownies

You can watch my BFF, Paula Deen, make them here:
Paula's Symphony Brownies

Hope you enjoy stirring it up!


  1. Aunt Pam, YOU ARE HILARIOUS!! We are rolling over here. We just HAVE to make these after a description like that. Mmm!!! I can't wait. I'll let you know how they turn out. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. My Mom makes these! I actually was going to blog them sometime because they really are THAT good!!

    I like to make them with the Milk Chocolate brownies. It adds something extra I think!