1 - regular size package brownie mix
3 extra-large eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup half-and-half
1 1/2 cup lightly salted mixed nuts (I make my own snacking mixture: roasted pecans, cashews, pistachios, and peanuts), coarsely chopped, divided
1 cup dried cranberries and/or raisins
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I combined 1 cup chocolate +1/2 cup butterscotch chips), divided
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bottom of a 9 by 13 inch baking pan with non-stick spray.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the brownie mix, eggs, oil, and half-and-half. Mix with a wooden spoon just until all of the dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in 1 cup of the oats, 1 cup of the chip, 1 cup of the nuts, and all of the dried fruit. Pour into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the top with the remaining oats, nuts, fruit, and chips. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes until the brownies are firm and the edges have started to pull away from the sides of the pan. Let cool completely on a rack before cutting.
I did not cut these myself, as they were intended as a hostess gift, and they are already on their way to the intended reipients. I think I would remove them from the pan, place them on a large cutting board, and cut them with a long serrated knife, like a bread knife.
Something possessed me to do my shopping at the St. Cloud Walmart. The good news is that I actually found several pairs of slacks that should hopefully fit me. The bad news is that I could not find some of the major ingredients for the cioppino, including items I normally find in Walmart. The other good news is that I found other stuff, like spinach and feta popcorn chips (very good) and unwrapped white chocolate Kit Kat minis. Also canned baby whole clams, canned whole oysters, crawfish tails, a rather handsome corned beef brisket for hash, and the ground beef for the empanadas. So I have ideas and I have options, based on the content of my freezer and pantry. I also have time to do more shopping elsewhere, as Cory will be gone all day tomorrow and the cioppino won't be needed until Sunday evening.
The Magic won tonight, but not before I became emotional and used language that would blister paint off the side of a barn. Well worth the spike in blood pressure. Go Magic!