Crock Pot Sour Cream Cake Brownies with PB Frosting

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Just because we’re having a cookie series doesn’t mean I can skip Fix and Forget Friday… just means I have to make cookies IN the crock pot. Brownies and bar cookies always rank really high on my list – especially if they’re gooey in the middle. It is really easy to make brownies in the crock pot – as long as you remember to set a timer and don’t run off and start doing things upstairs where you can’t hear the timer. Ahem.

I was afraid these would stick to the bottom of the crock, so I wanted to insure that didn’t happen…..I like insurance. Pull your crock out and lay it on a piece of parchment paper. Trace around the bottom to make a pattern and then cut the pattern out. Lay it down in the bottom of your crock pot. You’d think if I could make patterns like this that I’d be able to cut out a pattern and sew a dress, huh?

Now, we need to grease the sides of the crock so that our brownies don’t stick to that either. I used a butter paper from the refrigerator – of course. I’m prepared – I used to be a Girl Scout.

In a small saucepan on the stove combine ½ cup water, 1 stick of butter and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Warm over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil and the butter melts. You might want to stir pretty often to avoid scorching on the bottom. *Cough* When it boils, remove it from the stove.

In a mixing bowl, mix together ½ cup sour cream with 1 egg. Of course, I used a whisk. I have a whisk obsession. Slowly pour in the hot cocoa mixture, stirring constantly. Try to ignore the fact that I’m pouring without stirring. I only have two hands.  I’m looking forward to Annie being old enough to take photos.

After you get all that mixed together, add 1 cup white wheat flour, 1 cup sucanat, 1 teaspoon baking soda and ¼ teaspoon salt. Mix until no clumps remain. If you’re using a whisk (like you should be) this won’t take long at all.

Pour the batter down into your prepared crock. I used a 5 quart crock – it’s my most used size. Spread it evenly and pop the lid on.

Is it only me, or does everyone else get nervous when turning a crock pot to high? It might as well say “Fire.” Cook for about 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 ½ hours.  How long you bake it depends on the shape of your crock and what size you use.

After 1 hour and 20 minutes, test the brownies by inserting a knife in the center. You want it to come out clean, like this. If you open the lid and it still looks battery in the middle…..chances are, it’s not done. Put the lid back on and test again in 20-30 minutes. Test. Repeat.  When it’s done, pull the crock out and let it cool.

While the brownies are cooling, it’s time to make the frosting. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and 4 tablespoons of maple syrup. Mix well until all the clumps are gone. Stick your finger in there and test the stuff. Groan. Do it again. Leave some for the brownies…….frosting for brownies is totally over-rated. Why not just eat it all right now?

It’s okay to frost these while they’re still warm…..just don’t do it while they’re still hot or it will melt and make a sauce – like that would be a BAD thing. On second thought, just put the frosting on whenever you want.

Hello beautiful! These. Are. Awesome. Really. I could have eaten the entire crock….but that would have been hard to explain to Barry. What was Barry’s verdict? He liked them…..and they sparked a very controversial conversation at bedtime.

Barry – That was really good cake.

Me – I didn’t make cake. Those were cake BROWNIES.

Barry – That was cake, not a brownie.

Me – I think I should know it’s a brownie. I DID make them.

Barry – What makes it a CAKE brownie?

Me – Well, it’s not as thick and it’s a bit more dense than cake.

Barry – It was chocolate cake.

Me – *Aggravated silence*

Barry – I’m sure looking forward to more of that cake tomorrow.

Me – Cake? Where is there cake?

Barry – In the kitchen.

Me – Did you make a cake today? I didn’t see it.

Barry – Goodnight

Me – Goodnight

Other Cookies in the series:

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Peanutty PB Cookies

Pumpkin Chip Cookies

Chocolate Granola Cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

This post is linked at Hearth and Soul Blog Hop at Penniless Parenting.

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her two children, Annie (June 2009) and Andy (August 2012). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.

  • Hallee the Homemaker

    Okay – YUM.

    • Stacy

      Thanks! By the way, in case I forgot to mention it……these are cake BROWNIES. ;-)

  • Dipty

    They look absolutely delicious. I can almost taste them. Will makes them right away. Thanks

    • Stacy

      Enjoy….and they’re totally cake BROWNIES if I didn’t mention that. :-)

  • Erin@TheHumbledHomemaker

    Oh my goodness–you make stuff in the crock pot I would NEVER think about! This looks delicious-but I have to agree w/ Barry. The pic looks like cake. ;)

    • Stacy

      Yeah, yeah. Side with Barry. I can’t get ANY support around here. ;-)

  • Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy

    That frosting recipe is totally awesome! I’m going to have to try it sometime! And great idea to make cake in the crock pot. I mean brownies.

    • Stacy

      BROWNIES!!!!!! :-) And yes, it’s a great frosting. It’s my “go to” now.

  • Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace

    And my mouth is watering …

    • Stacy

      Watering for brownies…..right?? :-) BROWNIES!

      • Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace

        Well, duh!!

  • Alea Milham

    Whether it is brownies or a cake, it looks delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

    • Stacy

      It’s totally CAKE BROWNIES. ;-)

  • Yolanda

    I just printed this out and will make it tomorrow. Thank you so much!

    • Stacy


  • Heather

    sounds like my husband and I discussing cheesecake … which he believes is pie. *sigh*

    • Stacy

      He’s totally WRONG. And you can quote me on that. LOL