{Secret Recipe Club} Egg Shaped Brownies

I was so excited when I received my blog assignment for The Secret Recipe Club for March and read that it was That Skinny Chick Can Bake.  I’ve been following Lizzy’s blog for quite awhile now and absolutely love it.  I love all the amazing and creative desserts that she makes (that’s my weakness just in case you hadn’t realized that.)   And she has so many great ones!
And I could go on and on.  I wanted to make them all!
Lizzy’s Egg Shaped Brownies have been on my to do list ever since I first read her post back in November.  I thought they were so clever I knew that was the recipe I was going to make.  Hers turned out amazing and looked so professional.  Mine?  Well, not so much.  But they were definitely fun to make and the brownies recipe?  To die for!
Egg Shaped Brownies
* 7 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
* 1 stick butter (1/2 cup) cut into 8 pieces
* 3 eggs
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup flour
* 1 tsp. vanilla
* pinch of salt
* 3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 tsp. vanilla
12 – 16 egg shells
Powdered sugar (optional)
Vegetable oil
To prepare the egg shells, poke a hole in one end.  Make the hole big enough to get the egg out but not too big.  The easiest way we found was to poke a hole using a skewer.  Then we carefully broke off more of the shell to make the hole bigger.  Stir the egg up with the skewer and then dump it out.  (We found that stirring it up made the yolk come out a lot easier.)
Lizzy did this carefully so she could save the eggs.  Holy smokes.  That was super hard because all the little pieces of egg shell were going into the egg so we didn’t even bother to try to save them.
My daughter LOVE helping me with this part!   =o)
When the eggs are rinsed, soak them in a bowl of salt water for about 30 minutes.  Make sure that you hold down each egg to fill it with the salt water.  Rinse and turn upside down to dry.  We put ours upside down in a mini muffin pan to dry.
Put about a tsp. of vegetable oil in each egg shell and thoroughly coat the inside of the egg. Pour out excess. (I found that spraying the inside with non-stick cooking spray with flour and then shaking it up worked a little bit better. The brownies didn’t stick to the egg shell when I did this.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt chocolate and butter together in the microwave in 30 second increments, stopping and stirring until smooth. Set aside to cool until warm.
In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar. Mix in vanilla and chocolate and mix until blended. Stir in flour, salt and cocoa powder just until combined.
Place eggs, hole side up, in mini muffin pans. Use a little bit of tin foil to make a “cup” at the bottom of the cup to keep the eggs upright.  FIll eggs about 3/4 full.  Make sure you wipe up any spills off of the outside of the egg shell.
This was the hard part.  My first batch I didn’t fill enough so the finished product was about 1/2 an egg shape.
My second batch was overfilled and they went everywhere.
Third time is a charm (kind of.)  They didn’t completely fill the egg and didn’t turn out as beautiful as Lizzy’s, but my kids thought they were really “neat”.  =o)
Bake for about 15 minutes.
Cool completely before “cracking”.
As easy as these look to make, they were harder than heck.  Who knew???  But the brownies are delicious!  I will make this recipe again, just maybe not in egg form =o)  Or maybe I’ll try it again….  who knows.  My son did say these would be fun to take in his lunch for April Fool’s Day.
They were pretty neat looking out of the shell too.
Are you not sure yet what the Secret Recipe Club is?  Amanda, from Amanda’s Cooking, came up with this fantastic ideas for bloggers to get to know each other, make and/or bake amazing recipes and have fun while doing it.  Interested in joining us?  Check out the website to find out how.
And thank you to Angie from Big Bear’s Wife blog for hosting group C (that’s this group).  She keeps us on track and focused.  Tough job!
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Comments

  1. Erin!!! It was SO fun to recognize my dish immediately!!! You did a fabulous job…these were tough!!! I think I made 4 and quit…emptying the raw eggs was a PAIN. But they were such a fun project…I’m glad you gave them a shot. And thanks so much for your kind introduction 🙂
    xoxo

  2. These are super cute! What a great idea. They do look difficult~but worth it!! I like your sons idea. They are perfect for April Fools!! They look great!!

  3. Oh these are so great! They do sound really tricky to do though so I applaud you attempting them! How fun would they be for Easter, it looks like your daughter had fun helping out!

  4. What a great idea and recipe for Spring! I love this idea and it is perfect recipe for Secret Recipe Club! 🙂

  5. Erin, AWESOME post for the SRC!!
    These are such a great idea and you did a fantastic job! I think they look great! Such a fun recipe to make with the kids!

  6. How lucky are you to have gotten Lizzy?!?! I bet it was extremely hard to pick a recipe. This one looks fun!

  7. When I got Lizzy for SRC, it was hard to pick. This would be a great recipe for easter, with the eggs and all. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Ohh you got a good blog! I love Lizzy’s creations – this was an awesome pick! I love how you bake them right in the egg! So cute – I’m going to have to try this for easter! Great job!! 🙂

  9. Ambitious much? Perfect for the upcoming holiday, but I confess to being a lazy cook and probably wouldn’t work that hard at it 😉

  10. What a fun idea, especially with Easter coming around – great choice!

  11. Wow! I think I never would have gotten past the point of trying to empty the the eggs! Fantastic job!

  12. That is such a cute concept for brownies! It looks like you had such a fun time making them!

  13. This is such a great idea. LOVE!

  14. I am so making these with my kiddos this Easter. What fun!! Awesome post!

  15. They look perfect for easter.. But after your ordeal I think am gonna stick to just brownie recipe. :o)

  16. These look adorable!

  17. What a fabulous idea! I’ll be including these in the Easter basket I ship to my son who’s away at college – he’ll be so surprised!

  18. How creative! Thanks for the recipe!

  19. Love Lizzy’s blog, she is one amazing lady. I’m impressed you made the recipe 3 times. It is a fun idea, my grandkids would love this.
    Great SRC pick.

  20. these are great! I remember blowing out the inside of eggs with my mom as a kid. I don’t know why we did that before we dyed the easter eggs…hm? Anyway…It was hard! you did a great job!

  21. How cute are those? Perfect for Easter!

  22. Great SRC choice, Erin. I can imagine how hard it was to narrow down your choice on Lizzy’s wonderful blog. Ellie did a super job poking holes in the eggs.

  23. How clever! I bet your little girl loved watching the brownies ‘hatch’ out of their shell! Fun!!

  24. This looks like a fun project for kids. Love your corn dog cookies… going to check that recipe out. PS: Your mama sent me 😉

  25. What a unique idea. I bet they tasted fabulous! I’d love for you to check out my recipe post from SRC group B if you have a chance!
    http://successful2gether.blogspot.com/2012/03/secret-recipe-club-rothmans-fire.html

  26. How fun!!! This would be a great spring break project!!

  27. Hi Erin
    I just read about your blog from the person who had you in the SRC this week 😉
    I love your odeas and have pinned mnay of them on Pinterest! You are very talented and always coem up with wonderful fun ideas.

  28. Such a fun idea – I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time. Now I’m going to do it!

    Thanks

  29. What a cute idea! They would be such a cute dessert for Easter.

    BTW, your mom sent me 🙂

  30. These are too cute! Just in time for Easter.

  31. Super cute idea! Great for an Easter basket too.

  32. What a great idea! Such a fun treat.

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  34. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great Spring week end and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

  35. What a cool idea! I love that your kids loved doing this too. I think my little ones’ motor skills aren’t quite at a place to do this yet, but what a fun activity! I agree with your son about april fool’s day. Just might try it on my hubby 🙂

  36. But they are so cute, things we all do sometimes………andi

  37. Very fun and I love your cute little helper.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

  38. I was getting ready to try and make this, but I didn’t see how much flour you use in this recipe. I saw it noted below in the directions about adding flour, but wasn’t sure how much. Perhaps I’ll check back at the original link as well. Thanks! Can’t wait to see how the kids like this for an April Fool’s joke at our playdate!

  39. I’m such a dork. Sorry Heather. I added it!

  40. What a creative idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  41. yeah! Thanks for the update Erin! 🙂

  42. This is very creative and interesting. I would love to share this to my mom and aunts.

  43. How fun and creative! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I hope you will share again this week with us!