The Cookie Jar – Symphony Brownies and True Confessions!

Several of you have asked me why I started a blog.  Well – six months ago I had no idea what a blog was until I visited the website of a friend of mine.  My friend had started an online yarn store specializing in sock yarn.  Now I am not a knitter and didn’t even know there was such a thing as sock yarn but I love visiting Sheri’s website and blog -not because I’m a knitter (but if you are – this is an awesome site) but because I love reading Sheri’s blog where she shares her life, ideas and on Fridays she always shares a recipe!  I make sure I always visit on Fridays to check out the newest recipe.  So Sheri was my inspiration for starting a blog  – and sharing recipes!

One of the recipes she featured on her blog is the one I am sharing with you today for Symphony Brownies (a Paula Deen recipe).   Over the last few weeks I have been sharing cookie recipes for your upcoming holiday cookie baking.  A well balanced cookie plate is important now isn’t it!  So far we have an apple bar, lemon drop cookies, sandlake cookies – so what is missing? – CHOCOLATE!  Today you get the chocolate – super fast and easy and so many calories!! Yum!!  I made these brownies last weekend for  the high school cast party I hosted at our home and they totally DISAPPEARED!!  You use Symphony candy bars – I used the one with the toffee bits and almonds but they can also be made with the plain milk chocolate version.

Symphony Brownies

The Cookie Jar – Symphony Brownies and True Confessions!
  • 1 box of brownie mix for 9 x 13 pan
  • 3 Symphony candy bars with almonds and toffee chips
  1. Mix the brownies according to box directions (I use the cakelike brownie instructions).
  2. Line a 9 x 13 pan with tinfoil and spray with cooking spray (makes for easy clean-up).
  3. Pour ½ the brownie mix into the pan.
  4. It is not much.
  5. Place the 3 candy bars(wrappers removed of course) side by side on top of the mix.
  6. Don't break or chop up the candy bars - they will be whole.
  7. Pour the remainder of the brownie mix over the top.
  8. Bake according to directions.
  9. Let cool and lift the tinfoil out of the pan.
  10. Cut and serve.
  11. Yum!

O.K.  Now time for the true confessions.  I have been sharing all these yummy homemade cookie recipes with you but I have to admit – I love Pillsbury Ready to Bake Sugar Cookies!  I only buy them at holiday time – when they come out with the fun “shape”ones.  Right now you can find the pumpkin ones, at Thanksgiving they have one with turkeys and at Christmas they have snowman (they also have them at Valentines, Easter and Fourth of July- so as you can see I buy them quite often!)

I first got hooked on these cookies when I was visiting family in Utah.  My nephew, Ryan, also loves these cookies.  The trick is though – they are only worth the calories if you eat them warm and soft right out of the oven.  They are gross if you let them sit around and get cold!  So – there you have it – my true confession!  Do you have a true confession?  (Food confessions only – please!!)


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    I can’t wait to try these brownies. I am going to make them tomorrow for a team dinner. I am excited to have something new. I also must confess I like the Pillsbury Ready to Bake Sugar Cookies. They have chewy texture and I like that. I must confess though…I am so cheap I usually wait until the day after the holiday when they are discounted. Thanks for the recipe!!


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