These Easter Overload Brownies are fudgy and over the top! Packed with Oreos, caramel, and Marshmallow Peeps, they’re perfect for your Spring celebration.
I have decided that Spring Break is a lot like childbirth.
There’s a lot of excitement leading up to it, only to be faced with screaming, lots of pain, and a kid who stays up way too late at night.
And much like childbirth, after Spring Break ends and some time has passed, you forget the awful parts, only remembering the lazy mornings, warmer weather, and carefree schedule.
Mom Amnesia. I’m fully convinced that it’s our brain’s way of coping with the inevitable fact that we can’t all afford boarding school.
This is the thing — I love my kid. I truly do. I almost always look forward to picking him up from school and hearing about his day.
But I never realize how precarious my daytime schedule is until a variable is thrown into the mix. Life with a toddler — it’s basically a never ending game of Jenga. One false move and you’re left with a mess and someone crying.
This past week, we lost at Jenga. Every day. Because it was Spring Break.
There was the day that Lucy asked for a waffle and then Jon David sat next to her eating a bowl of yogurt. The next thing we knew, he was being pummeled by a flurry of tiny fists as she sobbed, “LUCY YOGURT!! LUCY YOGURT!!!” Her perfectly toasted Eggo? Growing cold, soggy, and abandoned. Much like my crushed spirit.
There was the day I was preparing her for a nap and Jon David walked by and casually asked her, “Lucy, do you want to paint or do Play Doh?”
Paint and Play Doh are toddler crack. I have to keep it them hidden because the mere sight of a can of Play Doh makes her start foaming at the mouth. So you can imagine how that worked out.
That’s all it takes for my world to crumble, friends.
The mention of Play Doh, a bowl of yogurt. It’s a delicate system that a 10 year old boy is unequipped to handle.
Needless to say, Spring Break was a panic appetizer of sorts for me.
What am I going to do this Summer? Is there any chance that afternoon drinking might have become socially acceptable by then? Is there some kind of government assistance program where I can apply for a free nanny?
This nation just doesn’t allocate enough funds for the mental health of stay-at-home moms, if you ask me.
In preparation of Summer, I will be savoring every last day of the school year.
And eating my feelings. (and occasionally drinking them in the form of boxed wine. Hush)
These brownies are perfect for such occasions — yummy and so over the top! My favorite homemade fudgy brownie recipe is stuffed with Oreos, then topped with caramel and Marshmallow Peeps.
These are so bright and fun for Easter or any Spring celebration.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, melted
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups flour
- 12 oz (ish) jar hot fudge sauce
- 16 Double Stuff Oreos (I used Spring Oreos for pretty color!)
- 11 oz bag Kraft Caramel bits
- 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
- Roughly 25 bunny shaped Marshmallow Peeps
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray ( I prefer to line mine with foil prior to spraying -- it makes the brownies easier to remove) and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the cocoa and melted butter. Stir in sugar until combined. Stir in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Stir in vanilla. Fold in flour JUST until you no longer see flour streaks in the batter. Gently fold in the hot fudge sauce.
- Spread half of batter in prepared pan.Evenly place Oreos over the surface and cover with remaining batter. Bake for about 20 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out with fudgy crumbs but no raw batter. Let brownies cool for 30 minutes.
- In a microwave safe bowl, heat caramel bits and cream, stopping every 30 seconds to stir until smooth. Pour over brownies and spread evenly. Top with Peeps before caramel sets.
- Let brownies cool to room temperature. For easy cutting, chill in the refrigerator before slicing and serving.
These are so so good! Have a great day!