Did you know that it takes four to five years for a cacao tree to start producing beans? You would then need 400 beans to make a pound of chocolate. Chocolate is delicious, and one of the best ways to enjoy this food is to make brownies.
When Is National Brownie Day?
National brownie day is celebrated on December 8th. It is unclear when this tradition started, but you should know that brownies have been around for a while and are among the most popular baked goods in the U.S.
Brownies became popular during the 19th century. There are different stories regarding how these baked goods were invented.
A story claims that brownies date back to the late 1800s. A group of women wanted to travel to a fair and asked a local baker for something that would fit in a small lunch box. The baker created some flattened chocolate cakes.
Another story claims that a baker from Boston mistakenly added some chocolate to a batch of biscuit dough. It is also rumored that brownies are the results of a Maine housewife forgetting to add baking powder when making a chocolate cake.
Why Celebrate National Brownie Day?
National brownie day is the perfect occasion to bake and share some delicious food with friends and family before the holidays. This could be the occasion to try a new brownie recipe or to make your favorite brownies from the box.
You could also get together with some friends to visit a local bakery and get some brownies. Once you are done enjoying your baked goods, get your Christmas shopping done together. If you are not big on shopping, plan on seeing a movie together or going for a walk and ending the day with some brownies.
There are plenty of benefits associated with eating chocolate. This food is an antioxidant and can boost your mood and energy levels.
There are also many benefits associated with baking. Some believe that baking helps you connect with others and allows you to express yourself. Spending an afternoon baking fresh batches of brownies is a great way to relax before the holidays.
How To Celebrate National Brownie Day
Eating brownies is the best way to celebrate this unofficial holiday. But because you can eat brownies any time, try to find something special to do.
Look For Local Events
Local businesses such as bakeries and coffee shops might offer free brownies on December 8th, or at least sell brownies at a discounted price. You might come across some bakeries that offer different flavors and recipes in honor of national brownie day.
Some businesses might bake as many brownies as possible and hand them out to customers, or organize an event around baking the largest brownie possible. You should check the social media pages of local bakeries and coffee shops to find upcoming events.
You could also sign up for a baking class and learn how to make brownies from scratch to celebrate this holiday. This could be a fun activity to share with a friend.
What If You Can't Find Local Events?
National brownie day isn’t an official holiday, which means you might not be able to find brownie-related events in your area. This shouldn’t stop you from celebrating this day dedicated to your favorite baked good.
You can get your friends together and bake some brownies. You could also bake as many brownies as possible and organize a baking goods sale to raise money for a good cause.
If you recently moved to a new area, invite your neighbors over to share some brownies or try organizing a baking contest to see who can make the best brownies.
Bake Brownies On National Brownie Day
Baking brownies is an obvious way to enjoy national brownie day. This is something you can do on your own, but you could also teach your children how to bake brownies or make enough brownies to hand them out to your friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
You could also put together some small gift baskets with all the ingredients necessary to bake brownies and hand them out to people so they can make baked goods at home.
National brownie day could be the opportunity to try something you have never done before. You could make some blonde brownies if you usually bake the chocolate kind, or try different toppings. If you have a creative side, rethink the way you make your brownies. You could turn them into ice cream bowls or make cake pops instead.
Visit Local Businesses
You can celebrate national brownie day by trying the baked goods sold by different local businesses. Make a list of the bakeries, coffee shops, and other businesses that sell brownies in your area and create an itinerary you can follow to try as many brownies as possible.
You can walk from place to place to burn the calories and keep track of which businesses had the best baked goods.
Brownie Recipes For National Brownie Day
Making brownies out of the box is acceptable if you are pressed for time, but you should think about trying one of these special recipes on December 8th.
Fudgy Brownies Recipe
You are going to need a few ingredients to make fudgy brownies:
Start by preheating your oven to 350 °F. Use a small saucepan to melt the chocolate and butter together. You can then mix the sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
Add the flour to your brownie batter. Mix the chopped walnuts. Bake for 30 minutes and use a toothpick to make sure the brownies are properly baked.
Cheesecake Brownies Recipe
This is a simple but delicious recipe that you can make with brownies from the box or with your favorite brownie recipe. You can use the recipe for fudge brownies listed above.
You will need:
You will need an electric mixer to blend the cream cheese, egg, and sugar. Start by preparing your brownie batter. You can use brownie mix from a box and add an egg and some butter, or prepare your brownie batter from scratch if you have time.
Once the brownie batter is ready, blend the cream cheese, egg, and sugar. Pour the brownie batter into a baking pan, and add a layer of cream cheese batter on top. Use a knife or another utensil to create swirls and mix the two batters.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes and use a toothpick to make sure the cheesecake brownies are done.
Blonde Brownies Recipe
Blonde brownies or blondies are made with brown sugar instead of chocolate. You can still add a chocolate flavor with some chocolate chips, but keep in mind that you can make brownies with other ingredients such as dried fruits.
You will need:
National brownie day is the perfect occasion to try different flavors of blondies. Instead of chocolate chips, try some walnuts, pecans, almonds, coconut flakes, or butterscotch chips. You can also add some vanilla extract to your brownie batter.
Preheat your oven to 350 °F. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, and mix in the sugar and egg. You can then add the flour and baking powder.
Add the chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruits depending on what kind of blonde brownies you want to make. You can then bake the batter for 20 to 25 minutes.
Oreo-Stuffed Brownies Recipe
These delicious brownies have a surprise inside! You can combine brownies with your favorite cookies with this simple recipe. This works with Oreo, but don’t hesitate to substitute Oreos with other cookies or even with pieces of your favorite candy bar.
You can use the fudgy brownie recipe listed above or simply make brownies from a box. The trick is to use a muffin or cupcake pan so you can place cookies inside of the brownie batter before baking.
Preheat your oven to 350 °F. Prepare your brownie batter from scratch or add an egg and some butter to a brownie box mix.
Pour the batter into a muffin or cupcake pan, and add an Oreo cookie in the center of each compartment. Make sure the brownie batter completely covers the cookie. You might have to break the Oreo cookies into small pieces if you have a small pan. Back for 25 to 30 minutes.
Making brownies is a fun way to celebrate national brownie day on December 8th, but there are other things you can do, such as trying baked goods from local businesses. Mark your calendar and decide how you want to celebrate this special day!