With TONS of chocolate, crunchy pecans, and delicious coconut, Croissant’s Signature Brownies are truly the BEST brownies recipe ever! #FreakyFriday
This is the first round of the Virtual Cookie Exchange for me with the #FreakyFriday group. “What’s #FreakyFriday” you ask? Well, it’s hosted by Michaela from An Affair of the Heart. There are many bloggers participating in the event this month. It’s kind of like SRC, if you’re not new to my blog. If you are, well, here’s the 411.
Each blogger who signs up is assigned a blog from another participant. Like me, for instance. I was assigned A Dish of Daily Life. Once you receive your assigned blog, you get to go through their recipes and pick something you want to cook.
I asked the hubs to help pick the recipe this time. I was a little biased and wanted to make them all, but we settled on the Croissant’s Signature Brownies. Then, once you cook up your selected recipe, you post about on the #FreakyFriday; telling everyone about their wonderful blog, what you found out, and how delicious their recipe was!
I can’t say enough good things about Michelle and her blog. I owe part of my success over these past couple of years to her. She’s tutored me in Pinterest SEO, tracking trends and monitoring my analytics, and knowing when to repin or delete a pin due to no activity. She truly has taught me a lot about blogging and my analytics.
When I received her name as my #FreakyFriday swap-ee, I was totally thrilled. But, I knew I would have a hard time. Michelle’s photos on her blog, A Dish of Daily Life are fabulous! I wish I had the ability to take such great photos that she does.
Since this choice was up to the hubs, I gave him a list of potential recipes to make:
- Simple Christmas Cookies from a Mix
- Candied Pecans
- Best Brownies Recipe
- Chocolate Chip Coffee Toffee Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Fruit and Nut Bars
- Lemon Blueberry Bars
- PB&J Bars with Strawberry Jam
- Oreo Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookie Bars
- Berrylicious Bar Cookies
- Berry Cheesecake Bars
- Chocolate Chip Granola Bar Cookies
- Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Cookies
I thought for sure he would pick the coffee toffee cookies, but he wanted the brownies! Yes. I know. This is a cookie exchange, but it’s also a holiday baking exchange. That meant snack mixes, candied nuts, bar cookies, and brownies. It’s not just about cookies.
This special edition is about baked goods or other recipes that you would take to a holiday party or exchange. And I would totally take these brownies to a holiday baking exchange. You see what’s in there, right? There’s the chocolate in the batter. Then there’s some pecans for that nutty crunch. And, as if that’s not enough, there’s the coconut! Now, I substituted regular coconut for the toasted kind. I know the hubs like the toasted coconut, but not the regular coconut. That’s the only change I made to this recipe.
As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a bit of brown sugar in the recipe. DO you know what brown sugar does to a brownie? It makes that’s nice crispy crust on top. You know, that crackled look on top there? That’s what the brown sugar does.
Just when you thought you’d experienced all you could possibly experience in a brownie, there’s the brownie itself. It’s pure fudge indulgence. So, to break it all down for you; there’s the crispy top, the chocolatey bites of chips, the nutty pecans, and delicious coconut all encased in a pure fudge brownie. Oh yeah.
This is a brownie that your friends, coworkers, and anyone who has ever tasted these babies will ask for again and again. I’m so glad that Michelle shared them on her blog. I can only hope I did justice with the photos to show how delicious these brownies truly are.
Please head over to Michelle’s blog and check the other delicious recipes she has on there. You will definitely want to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Stumble Upon so you don’t miss a single recipes.
- 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, divided
- 6 ounces butter
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Prepare a 9 x 9 inch baking pan by coating with nonstick spray.
- Melt 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips and butter together in microwave in 30 second intervals, being careful not to burn. It took me two 30 second intervals. Mix by hand with whisk. Mix in sugar and brown sugar using a rubber spatula. Add eggs and mix. Add flour and mix.
- Fold in pecans, coconut and remaining chocolate chips.
- Spread in pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Cool and cut into 16 squares.
Michelle received a free copy of Bonjour Y’all! Heidi’s Fusion Cooking on the South Carolina Coast. She shared this recipe from the cookbook with permission.
Stop by the other blogs and see what they made from their selected blog!