We’re on the countdown to New Year’s! If you’re planning on having family or friends over to see in the new year, you’re probably thinking of what all to have on hand for snacking. Often, we tend to fall into the trap of making the same foods over and over again for gatherings like this. Let’s try something different for this New Year’s Eve and use the punchbowl for a different purpose….a chocolate-filled dessert!
The recipe I have for you is for a “Punchbowl Brownie Dessert” and this makes a huge dessert that’s perfect for entertaining, especially here at New Year’s! This is a luscious combination of brownies, chocolate pudding, whipped topping, brickle chips and pecans. As you can see, this is a chocolate-lovers dream and it goes together quickly and easily!
For starters, you begin with a package of brownie mix. You’ll need the size that makes a 9×13 inch pan of brownies. Once these are made, you prepare two packages of instant chocolate pudding. You’ll see in the recipe that you’ll need a small box, which is a four-serving size box, along with a large box, which is a six-serving size box. When this is ready, you can now assemble the dessert. Using a large punchbowl (or any large container), you crumble half of the brownies into it. Half of the prepared pudding goes over that, followed by half of the brickle chips, half of the whipped topping, and half of the pecans. This is now all repeated with the remainder of the ingredients. All that’s left is covering the dish and chilling it for at least 6-8 hours and it’s set to go!
You may be wondering what brickle chips are. These can be found in the baking section of the grocery, usually where the chocolate chips are. “Heath” is the brand name of the chips, which is named after the candy. These are little bits of crunch toffee that are much like the “Heath” bar candy, except crushed very fine. These give any dessert an interesting crunch and flavor, including this one.
Just before Thanksgiving, I shared another chocolate recipe that many of you loved, which was for “Mystery Dessert”. In the event you missed it, here’s the link to get it:
If you need a great dessert to serve a crowd this New Year’s, get out the punchbowl and make this dessert!
PUNCHBOWL BROWNIE DESSERT
- 1 pkg. brownie mix, the 9×13 inch pan size
- 1 large pkg. (6-serving size) instant chocolate pudding
- 1 small pkg. (4-serving size) instant chocolate pudding
- 4 cups cold milk
- 1 l6 oz. carton whipped topping, such as Cool Whip
- 1 pkg. Heath “Bits of Brickle” chips
- 1 cup chopped toasted pecans
Prepare the brownies according to the package directions let cool. Prepare both packages of pudding with the milk. Crumble half of the brownies into the bottom of a punchbowl or other large container. Top with half of the prepared pudding, half of the brickle chips, half of the whipped topping, and half of the pecans. Repeat these layers with the remainder of the ingredients. Cover and chill for at least 6-8 hours. Yield: 12-14 servings.