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Everything But The Kitchen Sink… Brownies?

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Brownies, my preferred method of chocolate consumption.  And these are brownies one better, because they come with a surprise!  A HEAVENLY, SALTY, CRUNCHY SURPRISE!  Everything but the kitchen sink brownies were born out of my desire to save money and to prevent food waste, but I keep making them, because I LOVE them!

I tell myself that not only is it okay to make these, but I *MUST* make these brownies, because when I throw away food, it’s like throwing away money, right? I wouldn’t purposely throw away a $5 bill, would I?  Of course not!  So, really, I’m just being fiscally responsible and eco-friendly.  That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Brownies

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Brownies

Honestly, I cannot remember how many times I’ve thrown away little bits of leftover food, but it’s more often than I would like.  Either I didn’t know what to do with it, or the item was getting old, stale, etc.  These brownies may not solve all your food waste issues, but this helpful, SCRUMPTIOUS way of using those little bits of leftover food certainly helps. It’s not hard to do, and it’s only limited by your imagination and the leftover items in your pantry.

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I started with my most favorite brownie mix of all time, Ghiradelli. I buy it at Costco where it is just under $11 for 6 batches of brownies.

My friend, Karen, said that my brownies are the best brownies she’s ever had.  I don’t know if I’d go that far, but this mix is really good.  She bought the mix and made them, but she said hers didn’t taste the same.  Then I realized I did not tell her about one adjustment I’ve made in the recipe.  I use Olive Oil.  It’s better for my cholesterol, and it makes these taste extra yum!

Now, for the “how to.”  I started with these ingredients:

Olive oil makes all the difference!

Olive oil makes all the difference!

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Ghiradelli Brownie Mix, Ghiradelli 60% Cacao Chocolate Chips, and Pretzels

I mixed a double batch of brownies according to the instructions on the box (eggs, olive oil, and water), then I put one-half of the mixture in a pan.  (My son, Michael, wanted regular brownies.)  Next, I gently folded some crushed some mini pretzel rods and chopped up Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (Halloween leftovers) into the mix.

Just some mini pretzel rods.

Put your mini pretzel rods (or potato chips, or anything else that suits your fancy) into a small bag.

Slightly crushed with a can.

Slightly crush them with a can, then fold them into your brownie mix (or cookie dough or muffin batter).

I spread the yummy “everything but the kitchen sink” brownie mix in a pan and topped it with my other Ghiradelli favorite, 60% cacao chocolate chips.  Talk about decadent!  They went into the oven for 45 minutes at 300 degrees (on convect) and came out in all their warm, gooey glory.

Regular Brownies

Regular Brownies for Michael

My friend and guest blogger, Brooke, will be getting some of these later today as a “Thank You!”  Although I’m tempted to keep them all, that would be very bad, because I would eat only brownies for the next two days.  So, to preserve my waistline and to show a little friend-love, Brooke will be enjoying these at her home.  And she doesn’t have to share them unless she wants to!

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Brownies

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Brownies for Brooke and me!

Can brownies solve the food waste problem in America?  Probably not, but it’s a start!

What do you do to help prevent food waste?

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Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, http://forayintofoodstorage.com. Have a question about Food Storage? Email me: forayintofoodstorage@gmail.com.

49 thoughts on “Everything But The Kitchen Sink… Brownies?

  1. Okay, I have to make a comment!!!! OHHHHH…looks so good, I have to try this soon. I try to eat healthy, but every so often I have to eat brownies! I love salt + sweet + these I have to try this week. I’ll let you know. In fact, I may make these in the next today or tomorrow-too enticing:-)Olive oil is perfect since I use it all the time , and what a great recipe-thank you…it looks ohhhh , so sinful:-) , but I have to have some!!!

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  2. Do you now where to get that mix?

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  3. Love your additions. They look so good. I really like the pretzels in the mix!

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  4. lol, great for you cholesterol, bad for my diabetes and general health. they do look yum though. I try to not make food that would have much leftovers as we’re not fond of eating leftovers. I have the art down of making JUST ENOUGH, but… but… that also means i cook every single night.

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  5. Reblogged this on Copy Cat Content and commented:
    These look delicious!

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  6. These look so yummy!

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  7. Fantastic idea! We have chickens so most of our leftovers get recycled into eggs by way of chicken feed.

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  8. Decadence revived. 😀 😀 😀

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  9. Why do I have to be on a new healthy diet?? I may have to break down a use my extra points plus to make these they look AMAZING

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  10. These sound delicious! I have a peanit allergy so being able to have a salty, crunchy add-on to plain old brownies without worry is great. Thank you for hsaring this!

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  11. Pretzels!!! Yes. Nice touch. Thank you.

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  12. Ok these look fabulous. I want them… now! haha

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  13. The pretzels add crunch AND the salty sweet flavor I love! Can’t wait to try them.

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  14. I am on this 30 day detox (as you know, thanks for reading 😊) but as soon as it’s done, I am making these!! They look absolutely amazing!!!

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  15. P.S. I just posted this on my FB page, so you may be getting some new followers 🙂

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  16. I’ve tried this brownie mix before, Laurie! Now I’m going to have to make it YOUR way! Can’t wait! How genius of you to use olive oil, by the way. 🙂

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  17. They sound amazing! Gotta copy that!!!

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  18. “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it”, well, sounds like a good story to me!
    I love the combination of chocolate and salt, and I also heard that for a dish to taste really good, you need to add a crunch to the texture, so you’re brownies are ticking all the boxes 😄

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  19. The brownies look delicious! Definitely craving some now 🙂

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  20. They look good and they sound good, but what ‘leftovers’ are being used? It sounds like the only non-standard-brownie ingredients are pretzels and Reeses. There are no (and never are) leftover pretzels or Reeses within 10 blocks of my kitchen…

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    • In our house, things like pretzels, chips, etc., tend to be mostly eaten with a little bit left in the bag that no one wants to touch (probably because they will be required to dispose of the bag). 🙂

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      • There is a new technology which might make life easier for your family. It is called a ‘wastebasket’ and if you had one in every room where food was allowed, then perhaps the remnant at the bottom of the bag would regain its rightful place as the ‘best part’ (because all the flavor bits which came off of the ‘good’ stuff at the top collect down there.

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        • Unfortunately, children don’t seem to recognize this new-fangled technology. Food is only allowed in the kitchen, and we have a fancy, foot-pedal operated trashcan.

          However, the heel of bread and the last few chips don’t seem to make it in. Maybe I need to invent a trashcan which accepts these things? 🙂

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  21. I love finding interesting ways to use up leftovers. Thanks for the idea!

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  22. I can picture myself eating a few of these. Thanks 🙂

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  23. Wow! I would never have thought to add pretzels to brownies!! I’m a huge fan of the salty/sweet combo, but I know how quickly it can go south if you do it wrong. I always have a few broken pretzels at the bottom of the bag that just get tossed, this is a great (and delicious) way to use them up. Thanks so much!

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