Bakers everywhere have been singing the praises for these brownies for quite some time. I have been meaning to bake them for an equally long period of time. Recently, a friend asked if I could bring dessert to a lunch gathering, nearly as I was walking out the door. I quickly scoured my ridiculously messy pile of recipe printouts to think of an easy and quick treat I could whip up at the last minute. A finalist in the Pillsbury Bake Off, these Mexican Crunch Brownies utilize ingredients that most of us already have in the pantry. I stress most of us, as not many adults sans children have a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch in their pantry. We on the other hand, are cereal freaks.Ok, on to the recipe. These delicious brownies start with a Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal layer topped with fudgy brownie batter, and finished with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar. The cinnamon chocolate combination may seem a little odd at first, though it seems to compliment the chocolate and brings out a subtle sweetness. I guess it also helps that I love cinnamon in almost anything.
The recipe did come together quite quickly, though using a mini food processor to grind up nearly an entire box of cereal is no quick feat. According to Valerie, the recipe's author, ensuring the cereal is finely ground is quite important, so don't get lazy out there! Some other thoughts:
- I also used cinnamon finishing sugar which I thought was quite pretty. If you don't have any, a combination of Turbinado sugar with cinnamon would be equally as nice.
- Since there was already enough fudge chocolate goodness going around, I only sprinkled 1/3 cup (half the amount called for) on top of the brownies.
- I try as much as possible to bake from scratch- who knows what they put in those boxed mixes! In the future, I may try combining the Cinnamon Toast Crunch base with a homemade brownie recipe I have.
- Lastly, the recipe requests that you allow the brownies to cool for 2 hours(!) before slicing and eating. I'm not sure what your house is like, but waiting to dive in is nearly impossible as getting a man to go see the new Sex and the City. We did end up waiting and it was worth it. These brownies are even better the next day! Which means, yes I had one for breakfast :)