Crackle Brownie Cookies


It’s borderline embarrassing just how many unutilized pins I have on Pinterest. It’s as if every pin binge is followed by an immediate black out.

The cookie recipe below is the product of not one but TWO over due efforts.  Well, the original plan (when I found this recipe in March) was to make this my contribution to the Rhoads’ Easter Extravaganza. Granted, Jon did get sick so we didn’t actually go but here we are three months later and I’m finally circling back. Now, where it gets really sad— about a week ago I decided I’d finally make these cookies and bring them to our 4th of July party at work but this was also a fail! My hectic week got best of me and I folded for store-bought cookies instead.

So, here we are three days after the party (but still a day before the holiday!) and I’ve finalllllly made these cookies from Cincy Shopper ! They’re a little on the messy side but overall pretty cheap and easy. Couple notes before we get started:

1. I swear by Ghiradelli brownie mix but I wouldn’t recommend using the chocolate chip variety for this particular activity. The cookie recipe itself calls for 1 cup of chocolate chips so for me it was almost a little too chocolatey having both.
2. When you drop the cookie batter into the powdered sugar it’s going to be goopy. Don’t freak out, just dust the sugar over the dough and it’ll act like flour. With a few mini kneads you’ll be able to scoop it out and place it on the pan with no problems. Just don’t over-work the sugar, the recipe is sweet enough as it is!
3. For me, these cookies turned out a lot larger than expected. With the first tray I definitely went overboard with my scoops– they were heaping. On the second tray I backed off and kept it to a plastic spoon full for each. Even then, the cookies turned out pretty sizable (maybe 3-4 bites, instead of 1-2 bites like I anticipated).
4. Sprinkles weren’t part of the recipe but I needed an element of “God bless America”. About 2-3 minutes before the timer went off I just tossed a few sprinkles on and lightly patted them down into the cookies so they wouldn’t roll away.

Alright, that’s all I got. Recipe time!


C R A C K L E   B R O W N I E



Brownie Mix

1 1/4 Cup flour

1/3 Cup vegetable oil

1 Tablespoon water

3 eggs

1 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

3/4 Cups powdered sugar

Sprinkles (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl combine brownie mix, flour, eggs, olive oil, and water. When smooth, slowly add chocolate chips.

3. In a smaller bowl sift 1/3 cup of powdered sugar.

4. For each cookie, scoop dough with a small spoon and place a dollop into the bowl of powdered sugar. Sprinkle a little sugar on the top of the dough (so it doesn’t stick to your hands) and lightly roll it around. Then place directly onto a non-stick cookie sheet.

5. Bake cookies for 10- 12 mins on the middle rack. Once done, allow cookies to cool for atleast 15 mins.








Brownie S’mores


Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday and this year was a welcomed marathon. Instead of the usual low key gig with my mom and sisters, my recent Thanksgivings have evolved into a multi site, high calorie, somewhat exhausting production that I sort of love. After participating in Jon’s very first Turkey Trot, we showered, napped, got our butts in the kitchen (DELICIOUS brownie s’mores recipe below), and set out for the festivities ahead!

First leg- Lunch with the Rhoads in Davie

Unlike myself, Jon has a ton of family that’s local. After meeting the majority of his clan at the end of their feast last year, I knew I was in for a real treat at this back yard gathering. Turkey. Ham. Homemade bread. Casseroles for days. Side dishes for days. Pies for days. Beer. Wine. Football. In anticipation for the delights in store, Jon and I both made a crucial error: eating a comically light breakfast in order to conserve room. By 2:30pm we both killed a massive plate of entrees and by 3pm we followed up with dessert. This was terrible call but the selection was truly that delicious.


Second leg- Dinner with Jon’s mom in Palm CityThank God this actually turned out to be less of a dinner and more of a hang out. The crew had already eaten by the time we arrived (the trek was about an hour and a half north), but we were greeted with liqueur and coffee upon entry. From there, this morphed into a serious throwback affair with his sisters DJ-ing the likes of Michael Jackson, Hall and Oats and a myriad of Skating Rink artists. By the end of the evening Jon and I were pooped but still managed to try a bite of the cheese rolls and fried turkey everyone had raved about.

Final stretch- Fortune fam jam in Orlando

Honestly, this year was pretty impressive for my side of the family! Lining the kitchen counters was a fantastic ham from my older sister Natasha, turkey, home made stuffing and cranberry sauce from Angelica, wine and champs compliments of husband Torey, pumpkin bites, sweet potato pie and tiramisu from my mother. Although Jon has spent limited time with my family in the past, after the two spirited hours of Wii Sports and Dance Party that followed— he’s practically one of us now!


Tablescape brought to us in part by my younger sister Angelica (our host), West Elm and good ole Rifle Paper Co.

B R O W N I E    S’ M O R E S

2 Boxes brownie mix (for me, it’s Ghiradelli all day every day)
1  1/2 Sleeve of graham crackers
1 Bag marshmallows


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease (or Pam) one 9 x 13 pan

2. Prepare brownie mix as instructed on the back of the box. Once you’ve made your batter, set this aside.

3. Pulse 1 1/2 sleeve of graham crackers into a food processer to line your 9 x 13 OR lay each plank side by side at the bottom of the pan.

4. Pour brownie mixture over the grahams and place into the oven for 30 – 35 minutes. Poke with a fork to make sure the batter is cooked to your liking. (Note: if you leave the left the graham cracker planks whole, some will randomly float up but this isn’t a big deal).
Remove brownies from the oven and let this cool for 10 – 15 minutes.

6.  If your brownie mix came with fudge, squeeze the contents of the pouch over the brownies after they have set. Open 1 bag of marshmallows and spread evenly on top. Set your broiler on high and place the brownie pan back in the oven for 3 – 5 minutes (that’s all it takes, so don’t wander away).

All the brownies to cool for 1 hour, then cut into individual pieces. If you like it warm, pop your slice into the microwave or oven after the pan has been cut!