Confession, we've been Whoppers fans from day one.
We have no idea how or when the infatution began, especially considering that the teeny British baker wo raised us was vehemently anti-candy when we were kiddies (thankfully she's loosened up now that we're, uh, not kiddies, seriously, the holiday colored peanut m&m situation is out of control).
But somehow we managed to sample the marvelous malted milk balls (sleepover, movies, goody bag??) and from then on out we were lost causes.
We're no fun at the movies. Popcorn? Nah. Swedish fish? Nope. Whoppers. Yes. Always, ALWAYS Whoppers.
Disclaimer: We will of course eat other things (popcorn, sno-caps, etc etc) provided we have these things IN ADDITION to the Whoppers. Just to clarify. You know.
And bulk candy stores?? Wait, do people go to those as much as we do?? Er...um...um...we mean...WHEN we happen to go to a bulk candy store on that very RARE occasion, we head straight for the malted milk ball section.
Yes the section! You know, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter and chocolate. We want them all.
Screw gummi peaches!
So of course you can imagine how shocked we were while perusing the old Blue-Eyed Bakers archives to discover there were ZERO Whopper-centric recipes.
Obviously, we had to rectify that. And the easiest way to blend Whoppers and baked goods? Brownies! Funnily enough, another of our treat based obsessions. A quick Boston-NYC baking call to determine the appropriate frosting flavor and we were all set.
So if you're at all like us and enjoy Whoppers, brownies, baked goods, puppies, frosting, new shoes and world peace, you should make these.
We think you'll like them.
Whopper Brownies with Malted Vanilla Frosting
Makes 24 brownies
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup Ovaltine
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 11.5 oz bag semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cup Whoppers, roughly chopped
Malted Vanilla Frosting (recipe follows)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter a 9 x 13 pan and set aside.
Sift flour, Ovaltine, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
In a large microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and butter. Heat the mixture in the microwave in 20 second intervals, removing and stirring vigorously between each session, until chocolate is just melted. Mix in eggs, vanilla and brown sugar until fully combined. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Stir in 1 cup of Whoppers, reserving 1/4 cup for later.
Pour batter into pan and bake 25-28 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool brownies in pan on wire rack. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Malted Vanilla Frosting
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup malted milk powder
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar together on a low speed until sugar is fully incorporated. Turn mixer to medium high and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add remaining ingredients with the mixer on low. Once incorporated, increase speed to medium high and continue beating for an additional 3 minutes, until frosting is very light.
Frost cooled brownies and top with remaining 1/4 cup of crushed Whoppers.