Reminiscing on fond memories of my childhood always makes me picture sweet fudgy cosmic brownies. I can almost taste them now. Soft rich little chocolate brownies with tiny rainbow sprinkles make my mouth water.
This is one of those brownie recipes that excites me. It excited me then and it excites me now. These babies are seriously sweet and the little rainbow sprinkles are just the icing on the cake – literally! Besides, I love being able to pronounce everything in them.
Apron up, my friends! Let’s make some intense Little Debbie copycat cosmic brownies!!
I love that this cosmic brownies recipe is even better than the awesome little treats I had as a child. I didn’t think it was possible but it’s true. The chocolate flavor is intense, and the seriously sweet character makes them totally crave-worthy.
Here are some other great reasons to love them.
- Ready in 30 minutes from start to finish
- Seriously sweet and fudgy
- Intensely soft and chewy
- Completely versatile recipe
- Even better than store-bought
How To Make Cosmic Brownies Recipe
Following this recipe is so easy. Don’t let the word ‘ganache’ intimidate you (think microwave). Simply mix your dry ingredients, then mix your wet and gently combine the two before tossing the mixture in the oven. Microwave the ganache and pour it over baked, cooled brownies. Ahh! Perfection….
This copycat Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies recipe is so totally awesome it’s almost hard to believe. Here’s a couple of quick tips to ensure they come out as soft and fudgy rich as they can.
First, take the time to mix your dry ingredients separately. Yes, it’s all going into the same brownies, but this boils down to a science. It plays a couple of critical roles helping with both dispersion and emulsion.
Mixing your wet and dry ingredients separately also means you get to do less mixing to combine them. Mixing strengthens gluten so less mixing means a lighter, fluffier product. Try not to overmix your brownies.
Baking – Do not overbake the brownies! If you overbake them, these brownies will not come out moist and fudgy. You want to bake until the center is set and no longer jiggly, but not much longer than that.
A toothpick inserted into the center should come out with a few moist crumbs. If the toothpick comes out with streaks or strings of batter still on it, the brownies are not done. However, if the toothpick comes out perfectly clean, the brownies are overbaked and will be dry.
The ingredients in this awesome cosmic brownies recipe is exactly what you’d expect, most of which you probably already have. Here’s whatcha’ need!
Cocoa – I use unsweetened cocoa in these brownies so I can add the sugar I want and control the sweet factor.
Butter – Using melted butter helps with the consistency of your brownies. Any brand will work, so use your favorite but I often opt for unsalted.
Ganache – Your rich chocolate ganache comes together in the microwave with nothing more than chocolate chips and heavy cream.
Candy Topping – If you can’t find Wilton Rainbow Chip Crunch, or if you’re interested in using a different topping, I would recommend trying mini M&Ms. The only reason that I don’t use mini M&Ms as my normal topping is that the color tends to fade.
After you let the brownies sit in the fridge, or if you freeze them, the color of the M&Ms just isn’t as bright – it’s a little bit funky and dull. The Rainbow Chips, however, keep their color.
In a pinch, you could substitute sprinkles (preferably the bright, round sprinkles) for candies. They will not provide the same texture as the Rainbow Chips and mini M&Ms, but they still give off that fun splash of color and slightly candied taste.
If you’re in an experimental mood, you could go totally rogue and try something different altogether. Chopped nuts (like on Little Debbie’s Fudge Brownies), chocolate chips, or chocolate shavings all make yummy toppings for cosmic brownies.
There you have it. Chocolate chewy yum on a plate!
Storing your cosmic brownies is best done in the fridge in a resealable bag. I like to wrap mine individually before tossing them in that gallon-sized Ziploc, but it isn’t absolutely necessary. It makes them easier to grab and toss into lunches and it often keeps me from eating multiples at one time (I can’t help myself).
Can You Freeze This?
Oh yeah, you sure can and you have options. You can wrap the brownies individually or wrap the entire batch before you cut them. I like to cover them in wax paper to keep the ganache in place.
It seems to work best if you wrap them in plastic wrap before placing them into a freezer bag. Squeeze the air out of the bag to keep them moist.
Brownies can be kept in the freezer for 4-6 months.
Make Ahead Tips
There isn’t a ton of prep involved since these tasty little babies only take a few minutes to throw together. However, you can pre-measure and store the dry ingredients together so they’re ready to go. I like to make a couple of batches and go the freezer route.
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
These delectable little cosmic brownies will be way gone as soon as the fam knows where to find them. But, they’ll stay good in the fridge for up to a week if they’re well protected from air. These guys get gobbled up so quickly there’s almost no need to prepare them for storage!
One of the great things about this fudgy brownies is its versatility. There are so many delicious options it can be hard to choose a favorite but here are a few popular suggestions.
Can I Add Caramel?
One of the easiest ways to make this brownies recipe a little sweeter is to turn them into caramel brownies! That little bit of chewy sweetness makes caramel stuffed brownies super-rich. You can also make caramel apple brownies for a rich fruity surprise.
Can I Add Cream Cheese?
Just a couple of simple changes can turn these brownies into yummy cream cheese brownies that’ll knock your socks off! One of my favorite ways to tweak this is to turn them into cheesecake brownies. It’s the best of both worlds.
Can I Add Oreo To This Recipe?
OMG!! The only thing that may excite me as much as cosmic brownies are Oreo brownies! Bringing the awesome of Oreos into the excellence of brownies is nothing short of pure genius! You can even go a little further and turn them into red velvet Oreo brownies. You’ll never be the same again.
What Other Chocolate Brownies Can I Make?
Brownies are beautiful in every sense of the word. Cosmic brownies rock my world, but I also love smores brownies and buckeye brownies. Another tasty recipe for a fun Friday nights or friendly get-togethers is cookie dough brownies. These are a popular favorite because who doesn’t love cookie dough?
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- pinch salt
- 1 1/2 sticks butter melt
- 2/3 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons whole milk
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Wilton Rainbow Chip Crunch
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 X13 inch baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt and set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, using a handheld electric mixer beat butter, and both sugars until well combined. Add milk and vanilla and beat until combined. Add eggs one at a time, beating until just incorporated. Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool pan on a baking rack.
- Meanwhile, prepare the chocolate ganache. Place chocolate chips and the heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Whisk together until the mixture is completely smooth.
- Pour Ganache over slightly cooled brownies.
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Brownies are a labor of love and these little cosmic brownies are sweet surrender. They may just inspire you to make more brownies. They’re usually quick and easy recipes and almost everyone loves them.
Here are a few other scrumptious brownies recipes you may want to try.
- Brownie in a Mug – Simplicity couldn’t be more delicious.
- Brownie Brittle – Who needs peanut brittle?
- Brownie Bites – Just enough to snack on for movie night.
- Katharine Hepburn Brownies – The iconic brownie recipe full of nuts.
- Cake Mix Brownies – Suuuper moist and chocolatey!
These superior little cosmic brownies will awaken that inner child making it hard not to gobble them up. You better go ahead and make a double batch, or someone may get left out! These moist fudgy little guys are even better than store-bought, and you can pronounce everything in them.
Next time you wanna’ treat the fam (or yourself), save the gas money and make a wholesome batch of awesome copycat Little Debbie cosmic brownies complete with rainbow chip crunch!