I love to bake with my kids and this recipe sounds tasty and very easy to do. The kids love to help pour and mix and will enjoy making these spider web shaped brownies. Be patient with kids, as when in the kitchen, things sometimes get spilled and they like to taste and do the fun parts but not the cleaning up parts. Over time, children can be very responsible in the kitchen. Model for your Au Pair ways in which she can let your child or children help with meal preparation and clean up. It will be more fun for everyone and the chores get done more quickly.
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Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes
An easy Halloween twist on a classic dessert. And can be easily altered for a crowd pleasing treat the rest of the year too!
1 brownie mix
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 zipper bag for piping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9″ or 10″ round baking plan. Make brownies according to instructions and spoon into prepared round baking pan. Beat cream cheese, sugar and milk togeteher with electric mixer until smooth and fully mixed. Spoon into zipper bag and snip off one corner to make piping bag. Pipe mixture in concentric circles around the pan. Once circles are complete, take chopstick, knife, spoon end and pull lines through the cirles to make the web. Bake in 350 degreen oven for 40 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool completely. Cut into wedges with wet knife. Top with plastic spiders for full effect. (Makes 12 generous wedes)
You can chop up a candy bar and add to batter for extra richness. For a year round look, simple bake in 13x9x2 rectangle pan and experiment with other designs.
Educator and author Patricia Henderson Shimm on how to encourage your preschooler to eat food, not sculpt with it.