Every fall, my friends and I spend a few weekend afternoons traveling around Boston to cheer on our college field hockey team. Though it’s been years (I won’t tell you how many) since I’ve been in uniform and on the field, the fall just doesn’t feel like the fall without watching a few games.
Over the years, we’ve started a tradition: each time we go, we bring along a treat for the team – something sweet the girls can take with them as they get on the bus and head back to my alma mater.
This past weekend, it was my turn to bake. Since I don’t always have the time (or energy) to make treats from scratch, I headed to the ‘baking needs’ isle of my grocery store to find something that would tickle my ‘from scratch’ itch, but wouldn’t take up my entire night.
Knowing that I didn’t want to settle for basic brownies, I decided on Mississippi Mud Supreme Bars, a new offering from Betty Crocker. The photo on the box shows a chocolaty bar mixed with cookie crumbles and specks of marshmallow – yum.
When I opened the package, I was pleased to see I would have to prepare two separate mixes – the package comes with the traditional dry batter as well as a crushed cookie crust, which you prepare and press into the bottom of the baking tray before adding the batter.
I loved the multi-step process, because it let me get my hands dirty and really feel like I was baking. Two bowls, a stick of butter, one cleanly licked spoon, and an hour later, I had a fresh batch of bars ready to take with me the next morning.
The day of the game, I managed to grab one small square before the team devoured them. The chewy, soft, chocolaty, and rich, bars were the perfect after-game treat and (I think) I was the only one who knew that they came from a box.
Megan Maguire is an Account Manager at Mom Central Consulting. Though she loves cooking from scratch, she’s a sloppy baker forever thankful for Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines who help her feel like a true cupcake artist every now and then.