Digging Into Dirt and Mud Brownies
Remember the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray? It’s the one where his character relives the same day, over and over again. Do you ever feel like that? It’s when the same routine sneaks up on you, day in and day out. Wake up. Go to work. Come home. Make dinner. Go to bed. Do it all over again the next day.
Remember the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray? It’s the one where… OK, just wanted to see if you were paying attention.
Today is Groundhog Day. Every year old Punxsutawney Phil crawls out of his hole in the ground and seems sees his shadow, just like the year before. As the legend goes, it means six more weeks of winter. Since I don’t want to wait even one more week for all this snow to melt before I see dirt again, I’m making some dirt of my own for a Mississippi Mud and Dirt Brownie.
The Moral of the Story
Don’t get stuck in a rut. Do something out of the ordinary. Make a mud and dirt brownie to celebrate Groundhog Day.
About the Recipe
This is a recipe from Allrecipes called Mississippi Mud Cake II. Don’t let the name fool you. It’s more of a brownie — a wonderfully, rich chewy brownie. Then I added ground Oreos on top for the “dirt” and a few gummy worms for fun.
The Cast of Characters
It takes a medley of ingredients to make this recipe. A few of my favorites are those involving chocolate (e.g., cocoa and Oreos) and those involving sugar (e.g., white sugar, powdered sugar and marshmallow creme). For the rest of the ingredients, see the complete recipe for Mississippi Mud Cake II from Allrecipes.
Before you begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9 x 13 pan.
While the brownie is in the oven, start making the icing. In your stand mixer, mix together one fourth cup unsalted butter, one third cup cocoa, one teaspoon vanilla extract, one half cup milk and three cups powdered sugar.
- Serving and storing: When researching recipes for “dirt” cakes, most of the ones I found were no-bake cakes requiring cream cheese and chilling in the refrigerator. Since I was taking this to work, I wanted something that could be left at room temperature most of the day. This recipe fit the bill. However, for long-term storage, I recommend keeping it in the refrigerator since there is milk in the icing.
The Recipe: Dirt and Mud Brownies
For the “brownie,” see the Mississippi Mud Cake II recipe on Allrecipes.
For the “dirt,” grind 12 to 15 Oreos in a food processor.