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Here’s a DIY for some delicious and very rich brownies that turn into a festive fall dessert with an acorn and leaf topping. Drizzled in caramel, these brownies are too good to resist!

MATERIALS NEEDED:

 

FOR THE BROWNIES:

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 8 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Wax paper

 

FOR THE ACORN AND LEAF TOPPING:

  • Starburst® candies
  • Individually packaged caramels
  • Rolling Pin
  • Knife
  • Hershey’s Kisses®
  • MPeanut butter (less than ¼ cup for 12 acorns)
  • Mini Nilla Wafers®
  • Mini chocolate chips

 

DIRECTIONS – FOR THE BROWNIES:

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Step #1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step #2: Place butter and chocolate in a double boiler (a large heatproof bowl set over simmering water) and stir frequently until melted. Remove from heat and let cool (about 10 minutes). Once cooled, stir in sugar until combined..Whisk in eggs one at a time, then whisk in vanilla, and fold in the flour and salt.

Step #3: Line an 8-inch square baking pan with overlapping sheets of greased wax paper. Add your brownie mix into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.

Step #4: Run a knife around the edges of pan. Lift brownies out of pan and onto rack.  Cut into squares.

DIRECTIONS – FOR THE ACORN AND LEAF TOPPING:

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 Step #1: First, start with the candy leaves. Lay down a sheet of wax paper for your working surface.  For each leaf, take a caramel or Starburst and roll it out with a rolling pin. For the Starburst candies, you’ll need to apply some pressure when rolling, as they’re a bit tougher than the caramels. Once rolled out, use a knife to cut out a leaf shape. Use the tip of your knife to add details and shape the leaves as you please.

Step #2: For your acorns, you’re going to take one of the Hershey’s kisses and apply some peanut butter to the flat side. Place a mini Nilla wafer onto the peanut butter to create your acorn top. Apply a dot of peanut butter to the top of your wafer and add a mini chocolate chip (the acorn’s stem).

Step #3: Once you’ve made your acorns, set in the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the peanut butter to set.

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Step #4: For the brownie topping, melt some of the caramel and drizzle onto the brownies. This can be done in the microwave— just microwave on medium for one minute, pausing halfway through to stir. Once melted, use a fork to drizzle the caramel onto the brownie.

Step #5: Lastly, arrange a couple of leaves and an acorn atop your brownie and serve!

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