Sometimes you just need a big warm hug... and sometimes you need a warm brownie with ice cream. In my book, no other taste quite satisfies that craving for warm gooey chocolate that strikes
daily occasionally. I just got these adorable mini cast iron skillets and have been brainstorming fun ways to use them. First things first: individual espresso chocolate chunk skillet brownies, of course!
I've been making brownies for years, and for me there are two ingredients that really elevate them to something special. Chunks of chocolate folded into the batter ('cause, you know, they need to be even more decadent) and a shot of strong espresso to really bring out the chocolate flavor in the best possible way. Now all you moms out there can just calm down -- it's such a small amount of espresso that I promise, your kids will not be hyped up on caffeine all night. So let them live a little.
Serve these in the skillets right out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. They look grown-up-fancy-dinner-party-worthy, but will totally bring out the happy kid in everyone.
*photos by Kate LeSueur