Mississippi Mud Brownies

Didn’t see this comin’, did ya?

I can give you a moment to let it sink in if needed. And so that you can locate your eyeballs that have probably fainted right out of their sockets and are rolling around under your kitchen table right now with the dust bunnies.

OMG was that too much? Beaches make me say weird things. Because normally everything I say is based on deep-rooted grounds of maturity, poise and sophistica – HAHAH AHAHA HA HAH.

Okay so one thing I learned during this dessert baking monkey business: a lot of pictures are taken. Because hello, you have dry ingredients, wet ingredients, the ingredients for the topping, the mixing of the ingredients, the beating, the stirring, the licking, the pouring, the whisking, the marshmallow ping pong tournament, the licking again, the baking, the sticking of the toothpick in, in order to determine whether or not it looks WET or CLEAN or DIRTY. Seriously, the toothpick thing is really hard because sometimes you can barely TELL if it’s even done or not. And then you have disturbing half clean/half dirty toothpick nightmares and frankly it’s good for no one.


Do you like my action shot? You guys that’s called CREAMING THE BUTTER AND SUGAR.


Oh you knew that. Oh.


Jerst lerk at that thar batter.


As I was spreading the batter into the pan I pretended to be a famous little baker in my little bakery wowing my little customers with the every smooth turn of my spatula. And then I looked up and noticed my living room was dirty.


And then of course as it bakes you make this glaze-like topping spread mixture stuff. What you can’t see with the naked eye is my ego being whisked into that chocolate sauce.



And I’m surprised to report in embarrassing jubilance that my tongue had a revelation and might….MIGHT be on board with dessert consumption.

Okay it totally is.

Get these in your mouth.

Mississippi Mud Brownies:

What it took for 12 servings:

for the brownies:

* 2 sticks butter
* 2 cups sugar
* 4 eggs
* 4 Tbs. cocoa
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 1 cup chopped almonds, plus more for garnish
* 1 cup marshmallows

for the sauce:

* 3/4 cup powdered sugar
* 1/2 stick butter, room temp
* 3 Tbs. cocoa
* 1 tsp vanilla
* 1/4 cup evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 350.

In a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Add one egg to the mixture at a time, beating after each one.

In a bowl, mix together the flour, salt and cocoa. Stir into butter mixture and combine well.

Add the vanilla and chopped almonds to the mixture. Stir to combine.

Lightly grease and flour a 9 x 13 baking dish. Pour brownie mixture into pan and bake 40-45 minutes,  or until a toothpick comes out clean. Bring out of the oven, sprinkle the marshmallows over the top, and stick back in the oven for 5 minutes. You don’t want the mallows to brown, just starting to soften.

While it’s baking, whisk together the powdered sugar, butter, cocoa and vanilla in a bowl. Add the evaporated milk to create a wonderful chocolate sauce. If you need to add more, go for it.

Drizzle the chocolate sauce over the brownies, let cool at room temperature for at least an hour (THE PAIN, I KNOW), slice and inhale!

Oh! Garnish with more chopped almonds if so desired. Which you should probably so desire.

*This recipe comes from my late Memaw’s handwritten index cards. It’s not the healthiest, so don’t freak. But the taste will basically rock your whole entire life and world and beyond.

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75 Responses to Mississippi Mud Brownies

  1. Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen August 13, 2012 at 7:37 am #
    Daaaaayum girl! I want to eat those right now. For breakfast. That's allowed, right?
  2. Maria August 13, 2012 at 7:38 am #
    The brownies look AWESOME! You should do this more often:)
  3. Cookbook Queen August 13, 2012 at 7:44 am #
    These are absolute perfection. Why didn't you bring me any for breakfast????
  4. AmyRuth August 13, 2012 at 7:46 am #
    Photos could totally make me fall off the wagon.... and I'm on the beach preparedness wagon !!!
  5. Jen @ Savory Simple August 13, 2012 at 7:53 am #
    These are making me drool!
  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks August 13, 2012 at 8:14 am #
    Bev - my fave recipe you've ever posted, ever. Of all time. This one! It's awesome and I love everything about it. The 'mallows, the sauce, the dense brownies. YUM!!
  7. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray August 13, 2012 at 8:30 am #
    Um, I humbly request more of Memaw's recipes in the near future!! This is awesomesauce.
  8. kelley August 13, 2012 at 8:56 am #
    I'm going to echo most of the other comments. Get off your scard-ey pants dessert horse and keep the sugar coming. These look delicious!
  9. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite August 13, 2012 at 8:57 am #
    Yum Yum Yum! These look so good Bev! I know you could use some help eating those and I'm totally there for you.
  10. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum August 13, 2012 at 9:50 am #
    Bevvvvv, you're killing me. I adore them.
  11. Heather @ Heather's Dish August 13, 2012 at 10:24 am #
    um yeah, i don't even know what to do with myself now. i'm paralyzed in front of the computer just staring and drooling at these brownies...
  12. shelly (cookies and cups) August 13, 2012 at 10:37 am #
    Since I can't see because my eyeballs are gone, I can only go on first glimpses, which were stunningly, amazingly, chocolatey.
  13. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen August 13, 2012 at 11:41 am #
    These brownies look so awesome, I'm a little speechless right now.
  14. Amy August 13, 2012 at 11:54 am #
    Oh. My. Word.
  15. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe August 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm #
    Horray for dessert! Looks like you've outdone yourself, Bev! One word - decadent!
  16. Tracey Evans August 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm #
    Yum! I think you need to give us a little sweet treat more often! :)
  17. Kari@Loaves and Dishes August 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm #
    Ooey, gooey, dense and chocolatey, Memaw was a girl after my own heart!
  18. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie August 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm #
    Haha you are too funny! Lookinf forward to more of your dessert baking adventures.
  19. Katie @ Blonde Ambition August 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm #
    Omg. Can't get past the first picture of oozing chocolate. My faaavorite kind.
  20. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm #
    My face wants to be in that pan so bad right now.
  21. Debra August 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm #
    Me-oh-my-oh. I can feel the need to call the dentist and apologize, and the headache coming on....but it's gotta be SO WORTH IT.....
  22. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet August 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm #
    The chocolate sauce drips are mesmerizing.....
  23. claire @ the realistic nutritionist August 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm #
    See, you can do it!!
  24. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm #
    You should bake more often! These look incredible. I might be drooling just a little reading this.
  25. Julie @ Table for Two August 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm #
    This is INSANE and AMAZING. This looks incredible!! Make more dessert, bev!!
  26. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 14, 2012 at 12:35 am #
    I'm so glad you made dessert because this is absolutely heavenly. I seriously think that if I died and went to heaven, these babies would fill up the entire sky!
  27. Amy Tong August 14, 2012 at 2:50 am #
    Oh boy. I wanna dive into this mud brownie goodness!
  28. Jessica August 14, 2012 at 6:11 am #
    OMG. they look even better than you described!
  29. Susan Bewley August 14, 2012 at 8:49 am #
    Wow, it has been a long time since I have had one of these! There is a restaurant in my hometown that used to make these every year for the bbq festival! I am definitely going to have to try this recipe! I especially love that it is an old recipe - those are usually the best! Budget Earth - Kid Friendly Vegetarian Cookbooks
  30. DessertForTwo August 14, 2012 at 9:14 am #
    You did it! Ah ma gawd! They look amazing!
  31. ally August 14, 2012 at 10:43 am #
    pretty sure i just drooled. INCREDIBLE! i am in awe of your work! xo http://allykayler.blogspot.ca/
  32. :) August 14, 2012 at 11:26 am #
    Hi, I made your brownies today and they turned out like crack cocaine! I gave them to my husband to distribute amongst his friends because if they stay at home I will gain like 5 lb! I made a few changes for personal preference... I cut the amount of sugar in half to bring out the chocolateyness, I added semi-sweet chocolate chips, put like 3x as much marshmallows on top, and replaced almonds with walnuts. Yum! :) ps. I really enjoy reading your blog. You sound like me and my friends when we were in high school, i.e. crazy and happy and super hyper. Back when I could eat 10 of these babies and not gain any weight! Ahh, life.. :)
  33. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel August 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm #
    brownies omg. and you totally absolutely HAVE to top these off with ice cream and whipped cream and more chocolate sauce. Ahhhh. I need one.
  34. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm #
  35. Katie August 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm #
    You win. Win, win, win.
  36. marla August 18, 2012 at 9:47 am #
    Great job with the sweets my friend!!!
  37. Cake Pops Recipe September 11, 2012 at 8:23 am #
    I enjoyed this! Well done!
  38. Liz October 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm #
    They look so good!!! I'm making them right know!!!
  39. Cindy December 18, 2012 at 8:28 am #
    ooooooohhhhhh.....you are an evil woman!!
  40. Xella January 9, 2013 at 5:20 am #
    "Get these in your mouth." -> Yes pleaaaase!!!
  41. Perrylin February 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm #
    I followed your brownie recipe tonight and they turned our wonderful!!! I was unable to use your sauce recipe because I needed something thicker - to make it look like mud. I had to make the "grossest (looking) dessert" for a Boy Scout banquet tonight. So mine wasn't pretty, and I added crumbled Oreos in addition to the marshmallows along with gummie worms since we were trying to make it look gross. I can't wait to follow your recipe exactly, I'm sure it will taste even better!
    • Bev Weidner February 24, 2013 at 10:49 am #
      Ooooohhh that sounds amazing! I might like the gross version. ;)
  42. SDRRT April 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm #
    These are the best homemade Brownies ever! They disappeared at work in 10 minutes. I am baking some right now for my son's girlfriend and they are smelling great. Thanks for the great recipe, and it's perfect as is, no changes required (my husband doesn't like almonds but he loves these Brownies!).
  43. Angel June 3, 2013 at 8:50 am #
    Love the way you tell your story Love the pics Appreciate the humour but most of all love these MM Brownies!
  44. www.guitar69.com June 7, 2013 at 9:39 am #
    Hello, just wanted to mention, I liked this post. It was inspiring. Keep on posting!
  45. Sharon August 26, 2013 at 9:40 pm #
    I think I'll make these to take when the gang gets together for Labour Day. The licking is the most important instruction in making this recipe and must not be left out! ;0
  46. Aqiyl Aniys March 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm #
    Whoa! I see from the picture why they are called mud brownies. Awesome!
  47. the lovely dragon September 16, 2014 at 9:42 am #
    I love you.
  48. Anamika @ Supplement Crunch September 16, 2019 at 12:41 am #
    Yummy very refreshing….
  49. Kristi November 21, 2019 at 5:45 pm #
    These were fantastic! Made them today for my husband's birthday. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
  50. Nancy Burge July 29, 2021 at 1:09 pm #
    I wish I could pull up a printable copy.
    • Bev Weidner July 30, 2021 at 7:12 am #
      Hey, Nancy! Yesss, my plugin was after these days, but you can always copy/paste and print from a little word doc. Simple simple! xx - bev


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