After experimenting with a few different slow cooker recipes for a chocolate fudge brownie dessert, I created this recipe for brownies in a slow cooker. The closest recipe came from an online recipe found at Taste of Home. Although I have several different types of slow cookers, many of them larger than what is needed for this recipe, I find that the smallest slow cooker works the best. I used a 3 1/2 quart model, and the diameter of this slow cooker allows for the brownie to be turned upside down onto a cake plate for serving.
This recipe is almost like having a lava cake, or even a slice of hot fudge cake. It is very easy to make, and can be put together before a party, and will cook up to 3 hours, depending on the temperature of your slow cooker. The best part of this recipe is that it does not use eggs. So, no worries there. It is best served warm, and can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated in the oven or microwave. Served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, I am certain it will become a favorite of your family.
To make the brownies:
Combine these ingredients in a small bowl: 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons baking cocoa, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt. Then add, 1/2 cup fat-free half and half, 2 tablespoons melted margarine, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Of course, other flavorings could be substituted, such as almond extract or orange extract.
Next, spread this mixture on the bottom of the slow cooker.
For the next layer, sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of milk chocolate chips over the ingredients. For the last step, mix together 3/4 cup brown sugar with 3 tablespoons cocoa in a small bowl. Add 1 3/4 cups boiling water and mix. Pour over the other ingredients in the slow cooker, but do not stir.
Cover the slow cooker and allow to cook on high temperature for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Test to see if the brownie is done and coming away from the edges of the slow cooker. The bottom of the brownie will show chocolate on the tester, even when the brownie is done. Remember, the icing is on the bottom.
When the cake part of the brownie is baked, loosen the sides of the brownie from the cooker with a metal spatula. Invert the slow cooker onto a plate, and watch the chocolate lava icing flow over the cooked brownie. Serve and enjoy. This recipe will serve at least 8 people.