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Surprisingly Easy Show-stopping Chocolate and Brownie Dessert

Impress you guests by combining store-bought items into something spectacular!

Mood Music: I Won't Say (I'm in Love) - from Hercules (what I listened to while baking this)

This idea all started when my sister gave me some silicone baking molds for my birthday... I immediately started looking up fancy dessert recipes to make and quickly realized that the majority of desserts that go into these large molds need you to make mousse, melt down gelatin, bake a thin cake, etc. It all seemed like a ton of work. So, I decided to improvise and see if I could find some store-bought equivalents that would get the same effect. And I'm pretty impressed with this one, if I do say so myself! They turned out beautifully and delicious!

Here are the 5* ingredients and silicone mold that I used:

1. brownie mix

2. eggs (for the brownie mix)

3. water (for the brownie mix)

4. CandiQuik (meltable chocolate that hardens as it cools)

5. Sandies shortbread cookies

*optional additional ingredient(s): dulce de leche, fresh strawberries, cookie dough, any fun filling that you'd like! I used caramel sauce from Trader Joe's.

Silicone Mold from Amazon

The Steps were simple:

1. Make the brownies according to the instructions on the box, let cool, then crumble

2. Melt CandiQuik and use a spoon to coat the silicone molds, chill in freezer for a few minutes to harden.

3. I started by adding a dollop of caramel sauce into each mold, but you can either skip this step or use a different ingredient that you like.

4. Add crumbled brownies, leaving enough room for the cookie to still be flush with the top of the mold.

5. Press the brownies into the mold so that the dessert is well-filled.

6. Place a Sandies shortbread cookie into each mold, and cover completely with CandiQuik.

7. Freeze for a few minutes and then pop them out of the molds. So easy and so impressive!

Here are some pictures to guide you during those steps:

Crumble the brownies to use as a filling after they have cooled.

Melt the CandiQuik according to the instructions on the box. Re-heat as needed.

Click through the above photos to see how easily the dessert took shape...

They turned out so delicious and were a hit at the party I brought them to. Next time I think I will garnish them with some edible flowers on top and maybe put some fresh strawberry slices inside. Try them out and let me know what you think! What extra ingredients would you add to them?

Hope you have a beautiful day!

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