“Special” Brownies

I don’t want to jinx it, but I think I may be turning into a baker again!!!


“Again?!?” You may be wondering, “Don’t you always blog about how you’re baking-challenged?”

*SIGH* You caught me. The truth is, I actually used to bake ALL THE TIME. In Junior High School we had Home Economics class, where I was fascinated by sifting flour, separating eggs, and all that other time-consuming stuff I no longer have the patience for.

I used bundt pans, frosted layer cakes, and rolled cookies…but the one thing I ate consistently, and never made from scratch, was brownies.


Yesterday I began thinking about my passion for all things salty n sweet. One of my favorite desserts is the Momofuku Compost Cookie, which combines sugar and butter with potato chips and pretzels. Heaven.

Then my crazy brain reminded me that I also love sweet n spicy. And that we still had 1/2 a bag of Zapp’s Spicy Cajun Crawtators in the cupboard.



I figured that amount of heat would be too much for a cookie. No, we needed some serious chocolate action to balance it out. I contemplated a brownie box mix, but was too lazy to leave the house to buy one. So I looked on my phone for a recipe, and settled on this, for one reason….


…it required 10 Tablespoons of Butter (which is exactly all I had left)


If you peek at the original recipe, you’ll see that Alice Medrich has all sorts of instructions which the rebel in me still couldn’t be bothered with – melting the butter in a double boiler, mixing with 40 strokes, using parchment paper….


…she’d probably disapprove that I didn’t use “the best cocoa I know” (sadly, I’m only familiar with Trader Joe’s). And of course, by not following her directions, I wound up with lumpy batter and large clumps of powder pockets.

Oh yeah, she might have had a heart attack when I added these:


But I still think they’re going to be fabulous.


I mean, look at them. How could they not be?!?


Cajun Brownies with Potato Chips

(adapted from Alice Medrich’s Best Cocoa Brownies)

  • 10 TB butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 TB unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1 cup Cajun-flavored Potato Chips, crushed

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a bowl, combine the cocoa powder, salt, and flour. Melt the butter, and add it to the dry ingredients, along with the vanilla and egg whites. Stir til combined (40-ish strokes, I’m only guessing, Alice!) then fold in the potato chips. Pour into a greased 8×8 Pyrex and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges slightly moist (20 was all I needed).


How do they taste? Well…you’ll have to find out later. I’m bringing them to a BBQ tonight, and am too scared to cut into them now, for fear they’ll get ugly!!!

*UPDATE* I sampled them. Β Two thumbs up!

  • http://discoveringcandace.blogspot.com Candace

    Zapps??! in brownies?! oh.my.
    I will venture to say that they will be fantastic. Sweet, salty, spicy, yum!

  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    You’re a brave woman not testing it! I always am so paranoid about doing that. They sound fantastic, though. Such an interesting mix of flavors!

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      when i get to the house i will definitely test it out. but it’s bbq with family – if it’s horrible they’ll understand!

  • http://saltwatercoffee.wordpress.com Sara K

    Talk about an innovative recipe- still looks delicious! I love that picture of you holding the pan, cracked me up for some reason, “Have some brownies!”
    Well, in any case I’m a sucker for brownies

  • http://www.lovefoodeat.com/ chinmayie @ love food eat

    Really interesting recipe!! Can’t believe it has potato chips in it!!!
    It looks great so i am sure it will taste good :)

  • http://districtchocoholic.blogspot.com Victoria (District Chocoholic)

    Um, I know how they taste. Amazing. Soft+crunch and sweet+salt+chocolate is the best combination ever. Brilliant baking.

  • http://twitter.com/TheWinterWitch Lauren Lanni

    I love this post. You are adorable – the photo with the oven mitts is too cute! I have never thought of putting potato chips in brownies…it sounds like it could be awesome.

  • http://saidshesaidhe.blogspot.com/ She

    Lynn, I love that the baker in you might be resurrected. Keep the confections coming!

  • http://www.organicallyme.net Krystina (Organically Me)

    That first picture of you is super cute. :)

  • http://Smoothiegirleatstoo.blogspot.com Deb

    Omg! Creative! And you look so cute and proud with your batch. You are brave to not have sampled before bringing them to the BBQ! Surely they are a hit!

  • http://www.hippierunner.wordpress.com hippierunner

    Wowza, you sure were adventerous with those brownies! I hope they taste awesome, can’t wait to hear how they are!

  • http://writingandrecovering.wordpress.com writingandrecovering

    Very adventurous with your brownies. i’d never think of putting potato chips into brownies. I bet they’re tasty, though.

  • Marie-Sophie

    I LOVE that you used potato chips, Lynn!! I was recently telling people about the joys of dipping potato chips into melted chocolate (caramelized onion chips … so good!) and I got a few weird looks. But also a few excited ones and I am so glad that other people not only share this passion but actually make brownies!!! Thanks Lynn, I HAVE to try this recipe next weekend!

  • http://tangledreflections.wordpress.com The Healthy Engineer

    Sweet and salty is, without a doubt, my favorite combo

  • http://keepitsweetblog.com Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Great idea, now I have a huge brownie craving and want to try them with potato chips! Hope they are a huge hit:-)

  • http://marcuschung.wordpress.com marcuschung

    Not the “special” I was expecting, but I’m sure they were tasty!

  • http://thetakakareview.blogspot.com Andie

    Yes, the brownies look good and you are oh, so very Betty Crocker in that first photo. Very ’50 house-wife tres chic.

    … but that piano in the background. That is what’s truly making me salivate…. yowza.

    Hope your brownies cause a delicious stir!

  • http://swit-er.blogspot.com/ edyta

    Hi Lynn, i’m reading and enjoying your blog for a really long time now, this is my first comment actually, but since you’re in the baking mood, i thought i need to tell you that Christina Tosi did share her recipe for the compost cookie, maybe you already know about it, if not there it is: http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2010/02/momofuku_milk_bars_compost_cookie_recipe.html

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      thank you edyta!

  • http://multiculturalmelbourne.blogspot.com jess @ Multicultural melbourne

    Ohh what an awesome idea!!! Chips in brownies!! LOVE it!

  • http://www.hungrygirlporvida.com cindy

    i love sweet and salty! alice medrich’s best cocoa brownies are my FAVORITE recipe…if you ever get your hands on some valrhona cocoa powder, they will rock your socks off.

  • http://www.everydayfoodie.ca Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I have been on the lookout for the ULTIMATE brownie recipe … perhaps this is it!!?

    P.S. When I read the title, I thought you made “special” brownies … like you know … with weed in them – ha!

  • http://goodstuff.wordpress.com/ Liz

    *LOL* Saw your post about the bbq and clicked on the link thinking COMPOST COOKIES and there they are! I actually tried making a batch yesterday and they turned out well. Unfortunately they didn’t get eaten- they never made it to the potluck- but my coworkers seem to like them a lot! (Those that aren’t begging off because they have to watch their girlish figures, that is.) YAY! for getting back into baking! πŸ˜€

  • http://mealsandmovesblog.com janetha @ meals & moves

    You are the absolute cutest baker! Lynn Crocker.

  • http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-63-my-mistake/id336560437?i=95279634 Jerilyn

    Totallly mentioned you and T.A.D. when we did a taste-test of the Black Bean Brownies you mentioned a while ago on last week’s episode of The Because Show. Now will have to follow up with the Potato Chip Brownie Recipe – looks delish!

  • http://caitsplate.me Cait’s Plate

    Mmm those look delish. I JUST had Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Snack Ben & Jerry’s last night and I think it was so awesome due to the chocolate covered potato chips :) These brownies would be an excellent alternative to it!