An easy Easter treat that’s festive and fun? You’re in luck with these colorful carrot brownies! Betty Crocker™ fudge brownie mix forms the base, and from there, you’re just a couple of steps away from a cute treat that’d tempt any bunny. Use green licorice for your carrot top and Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting tinted with neon orange gel food color (a shortcut from having to mix red and yellow to get just the right tone!)
- 1 box (18.3 oz) Betty Crocker™ fudge brownie mix
- Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on brownie mix box
- 1 ¼ cups Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting (from 16-oz container)
- ¾ teaspoon Great Value™ neon orange gel food color
- 8 (7-inch) green licorice twists (from two 12.4-oz bags of rainbow-colored licorice twists)
- ¼ teaspoon unsweetened baking cocoa, if desired
- Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Line 13x9-inch pan with foil, allowing some to hang over sides of pan. Spray bottom and sides of foil with cooking spray. Make brownie batter as directed on box. Spread in pan.
- Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 1 hour. Freeze in pan 30 minutes.
- Using foil to lift, remove brownies from pan, and carefully peel foil away. In small bowl, place frosting; stir in food color until blended. Spread frosting over top. For easier cutting, refrigerate 15 minutes to set frosting.
- Cut brownies into 24 triangles as shown in diagram: Using sharp knife, cut 3 horizontal rows. Cut each row into 8 triangles so each triangle has a 2-inch wide base, cleaning knife with paper towel after each cut. Set aside end pieces for snacking.
- To make greens for carrot: With sharp knife or scissors, cut each licorice twist into 3 pieces. For each piece, make 2 to 3 cuts lengthwise to make thin green strips, cutting almost to end of piece but not all the way, so it remains attached at one end. Using tip of small paring knife, cut small opening about 1/2-inch deep in short end of each triangle. Insert licorice piece into opening. Repeat with remaining licorice pieces and brownie triangles.
- If desired, use a small brush to lightly dab cocoa onto top of frosted brownie for an “earthy” carrot look. Store loosely covered in single layer in container.