Strawberry Cake Mix Brownies

I once convinced Josh that we needed the paper even though I sure didn't plan on reading it! How ridiculous right? NO! The taste section is worth every penny. But, now that he is onto my tricks, we no longer get the paper. But, good news, Grandma Boots still get it! So when I visit Grandma, every now and then I snag the taste section from her paper! And shout out to when she sees a good recipe and saves it for me - like when it was all about rhubarb!! So here's a winning recipe from the taste section a couple years ago!


Ingredients:

1 (15.25-ox) box strawberry cake mix

1 large egg

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup water

4 ounces cream cheese

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 3/4 cups powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Sprinkles (optional - and a no thank you from me)


Directions:

Mix strawberry cake mix, egg, vegetable oil and water in a large bowl. Stir until combined, but do not over stir. Note, the batter will be super thick. Transfer to a 8x8 pan - unless you fancy like me, then transfer 1 large scoop to each Brownie Pan section. Tap pan to flatten out batter and get any bubbles out. Bake at 325 until. a tooth pick comes out clean (about 25 minutes for a pan 8x8 pan and 12 for fancy Brownie Pan).


While brownies are baking, mix together cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl. Mix electric hand mixer until light and smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat slowly. Add vanilla and salt and beat on medium-high until fluffy.


You can either spread the frosting all over the cooled brownies, or you can pipe it on using a frosting bag.


Enjoy!



Oh wait, if you're interested in a fun pan...

check out Pampered Chef's Brownie Pan http://bit.ly/MustHaveBrowniePan









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