When things get busy, like they have this week, I don’t always have time to research a new fabulous recipe off my favorite food site Tastespotting. So today I went to an old standby and always a crowd-pleaser. Embellished Brownies. These are brownies out of a box that I play with the directions and then make a gooey topping to hold some candy jewels. I don’t ever add butter to a box mix, I substitute oil, which makes the dessert moister and it doesn’t dry out as fast. The other change would be to cook them in a cupcake pan (no papers just spray) and cook them for considerably less time than is indicated on the box so the centers are soft. Its not everyone’s bag but its the way we like it and the next day they are still moist. The topping is driven by what I have in the pantry. Today I mixed peanut butter and as much condensed milk as possible while the mixture is still spreadable and then topped them off with M&M’s and marshmallows (mini marshmallows work better than cutting up the big ones with scissors:() . Some other ideas we have tried: putting a mini peanut butter cup in the batter, melting chocolate and condensed milk to make a great icing and making peppermint brownie with thin mints in the batter and a fluffy pick frosting with mint extract and crushed up candy canes on the top.