Easy Holiday Treats :: Triple Chocolate Bayou Brownies

Who needs a fabulous, fail-proof and easy holiday treat recipe? We have just the thing for you!

We know that the days leading up to Christmas can feel beyond chaotic. There are school plays, classroom parties, work obligations and so many gifts to purchase, wrap and deliver. We really encourage all of you to slow down this holiday season and enjoy some time in the kitchen. Most kids absolutely love to cook, and easy holiday treats are a fun and festive way to involve children in the act of creating AND giving. Who among us wouldn’t love a fresh baked holiday treat from someone we love?

Triple Chocolate Bayou Brownies

For as long as I can remember, my mom has been making what she calls “Bayou Brownies.” When I got to college, I found out that these sweet treats were also called “Chess Squares” or “Ooey Gooeys.” No matter what you call them, they have become a holiday staple in my family. We’d make them for the neighbors and deliver them on Christmas Eve. A friend loves them so much that she had my mom make them for all of her wedding guests in lieu of a cake. Yes, they’re that good. You know you have a legit holiday recipe when someone chooses it over wedding cake.

Though I love the original version of these sweet treats with yellow cake and pecans, I’m a chocolate gal. Add chocolate to a holiday recipe to make it even more delicious? Challenge accepted! The recipe is super simple, but you’ll have people (like your entire neighborhood, network of friends and third cousin twice removed) begging you to make these over and over again. Let everyone think it’s really, really complicated. I won’t tell them.

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  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 package Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge cake mix
  • 1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 16-oz package powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder

How to Conquer Triple Chocolate Bayou Brownies

Combine chocolate chips, butter, 1 egg, and cake mix, stirring until blended; press in bottom of a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch pan. The batter will look slightly dry. 

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Beat remaining two eggs, cream cheese, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar at medium speed with mixer until smooth. Pour on top of cake mix layer.

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Bake at 325° for 40 minutes or until set. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut as desired.

Look at that crusty goodness on the top and the gooey brownie below. I got a little carried away since I had my Christmas cookie cutter set out already. Usually, I’ll just go at the pan with a spoon and very little shame. I’m kidding-I share with friends and family first, and keep the leftovers for myself.

What’s your favorite holiday sweet? Need inspiration? Go check out the Betty Crocker recipe site for 24 Days of Cookies! Better yet, enter to win $10 so you can #BakeMemories with your own kids this holiday season!

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Lindsay is a native New Orleanian, displaced only by her years at Mississippi State, where she earned a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries and a minor in English. She came home shortly after Katrina, to work as a zookeeper and be a part of the rebuilding of her beloved city. She dragged her husband Drake, a Tennessee native, along with her. Their son Bennett joined the family in 2010, and in 2014 they welcomed identical twin girls, Genevieve and Kellen Clair. She now works full-time as an Environmental Scientist while working on her Master's and serving part-time as NOM’s resident Jill of All Trades. Powered by espresso, cake, and craft beer, her happy place is on a beach or in the woods. Need to identify a plant, tree, or animal? Lindsay’s a wealth of random knowledge. She loves to cook and sprinkle a little glitter on everything.



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