Cosmic brownies are like a dirty little food secret. I know that they're bad for me, that they're just an excuse to put a ridiculous amount of sugar in my body, but they're so so good. Luckily it's Hostess and not Little Debbie that's going under (I never developed a taste for...Twinkie's, sorry). Even so, I find the idea that I can make cosmic brownies at home CRAZY EXCITING. When I was a kid, I never got cosmic brownies in my Arctic Zone lunch pack, which may be one of the reasons I'm so enamored with them now. Spreading a layer of chocolate buttercream and sprinkles on top of an already delicious brownie....just seems right. Um, these are also totes simple to make...they might as well be a box mix, are you with me? Whisk together a few dry things, add some wet things, give them a good whisking, and bake 'em up.
For the brownies:
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8" square pan, line in either direction with aluminum foil, overlapping the sides by few inches, and grease the foil.
In a large bowl whisk together the cocoa, flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Add in the melted and cooled butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Whisk just to combine, there should be no visible flour or large lumps, but you shouldn't be whisking after that point. Pour into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Do not overcook, you want the brownies to by fudgey! Let them cool for 30 minutes before frosting and sprinkling. Lift the brownies out using the foil and allow to cool completely before slicing.
For the frosting:
3 tbl salted butter, softened
3 tbl unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbl corn syrup
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the butter, cocoa, and honey until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and beat to combine. Slowly add in the powdered sugar and beat until creamy. Spread on cooled brownies and top with jimmies.
Source: Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.