Strawberry Brownie Kabobs

I know I sound like a broken record here, especially with the majority of bloggers singing the same tune, but it’s been freakin’ hot lately.  This means trouble for those of us whose favorite hobby revolves around a 350 degree appliance!  Ryan and I can’t keep our apartment cool even without touching the stove or oven, but we still thought it would be fun to have a housewarming party last weekend, and obviously I needed to bake something.  Kind of ironic seeing as the last thing our new apartment needed was warming, but we love to entertain and we needed an excuse to break out some of our registry gifts!  So I opted for a no-fuss treat that only required baking the brownies for less than 20 minutes and taking advantage of the super cheap berries found all over the city.  It’s a great party treat that only caused minimal heat stroke for my dear husband and I :)

When I make baked goods for parties, I always prefer them to be single-serving sized, appealing to lots of people, and fun to look at.  If I’m having friends, they’re going to expect some kind of Sweet Tooth creation and I don’t like to disappoint!  So I tend not to just serve a platter of chocolate chip cookies (although I’m sure no one would complain) – I like doing something a bit more creative, even if it’s as easy as putting some brownie bites, strawberries, and marshmallows on skewers.  Kabob-ing is a popular summertime BBQ serving method, so I thought it would be cute to carry over this theme to the world of desserts with some in-season fruit as well.  Kind of like the grilled berry pizza I made last summer!  Since I’ve been so busy with residency and getting settled in the city, I wasn’t about to embark on a very involved recipe, and this one really couldn’t be easier.  It’s less of a recipe and more of a suggestion for assembling some fun goodies together.  I did have to turn the oven on for about 20 minutes to make the brownies, but it was well worth it!  If you want to avoid your oven all together, store-bought brownie bites would work just as well.

Even though I am the author of a baking blog and pride myself from making most things from scratch, I have to admit that I am obsessed with boxed brownie mix.  I’ve whined about it here on the blog before, but I still can’t find a recipe that replicates the chewiness of boxed brownies.  So of course I used a box for this dessert that I was in a rush to make, but I certainly wasn’t disappointed to have to turn to my friend Ghiradelli for this recipe.  If you have a from-scratch recipe you love, please use that, but if not I totally won’t judge you from using a box!  And another fun idea that I didn’t think of until after the fact – toasting the marshmallows with a kitchen torch would have been really, really cute and made these even more summery.  Add this dessert to your next BBQ menu and have a great weekend!

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Strawberry Brownie Kabobs

Yield: 24 kabobs

Ingredients:

1 box brownie mix
2 16-oz packages of large strawberries
1 bag marshmallows
2 squares of Baker's melting chocolate
Wooden skewers, cut in half

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray mini muffin tins with non-stick spray. Prepare the brownie batter according to the package's instructions and divide batter among muffin tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean. Allow brownies to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Clean, dry, and cut the strawberries so both ends are flat (I just liked the look of them this way). Layer the strawberries, brownies, and marshmallows on the skewers and lay them out on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 30 second intervals until completely melted. Transfer to a piping bag or ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle each kabob. Transfer to the fridge to allow the chocolate to set and until ready to serve.