Easter-Is-Over Brownies

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Easter-Is-Over Brownies #recipe from @Katrinaskitchen

I don’t know about you but I’m so sick of candy. As soon as a holiday is over I’m anxious to get it out of the house. That’s a problem with holidays like Easter because even if you did a lot of pre-holiday goodies the actual day brings in a pile of sugar. This recipe was my remedy to get it out of the house. I made brownies and added a WHOLE lot of chocolate candy to the batter.

Easter-Is-Over Brownies #recipe from @Katrinaskitchen

This is actually a recipe for Texas sheet cake. My dear friend Beth gave this recipe to me 11 years ago and it quickly became a favorite of mine. You can’t go wrong with it. Since I added a pile of candy to the batter I only used half of the glaze on top. If you use the whole glaze it will completely cover the sheet cake. I love how it oozed into the gaps that the candy created. Mmmmm.

Easter-Is-Over Brownies #recipe from @Katrinaskitchen

I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as we do. With or without the chocolate candy added to the batter it is a fabulous way to whip up a crowd-pleasing brownie. It has a cakey feel to it and the glaze hardens up just enough to seal in the moisture. This brownie gets better the next day if you can believe it! Enjoy!

Easter-Is-Over Brownies #recipe from @Katrinaskitchen

Easter-Is-Over Brownies

Brownies studded with a hodgepodge of leftover Easter candy


  • For the Brownies:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup butter 1 stick
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee you could use water
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup of various chocolate candy
  • For the Glaze:
  • ½ cup of butter 1 stick
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • For the Brownies:
  • Preheat oven to 400 and grease a 17x11 jelly roll pan (or large baking sheet with a rim).
  • In the bowl of your mixer combine flour and sugar.
  • In a heavy saucepan combine butter, shortening, coffee or water, and cocoa powder. Stir and heat to boiling.
  • Pour boiling mixture over the flour/sugar mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
  • Pour into prepared pan. Place chocolate throughout the pan and bake at 400 for 20 minutes.
  • For the Glaze:
  • While the brownies bake prepare frosting. In a saucepan combine butter, cocoa powder, and milk. Heat to boiling, stirring.
  • Mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla until the glaze is smooth. Remove from heat.
  • Pour warm frosting over brownies as soon as you take them out of the oven. Cool and serve.
- Katrina

53 Responses to “Easter-Is-Over Brownies”

  1. #
    Gwenevere — April 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Why do I find this post to be so amusing? I don’t know but it makes me giggle…putting all of the chocolate into a brownie…I think its great. Me…I just buy the yuck candy that I’m not tempted to eat and by the second day, my kids don’t want it either, so in the trash it goes. 🙂

  2. #
    Sandra — April 29, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    My kids would say (me too) yes give me more please!!! Again fun, delicious and very pretty dessert!!!

  3. #
    Brandie — April 29, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I KNOW this would be a huge hit at our house. I mean – EPIC…LOL.

  4. #
    Carolyn — April 30, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Well, that’s one way to get rid of the candy…but did you give the brownies away? Because otherwise, the candy is still technically in your house! 😉 Still, makes for a yummy treat that is candy-based but isn’t just plain old boring candy!

  5. #
    Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} — April 30, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Yes – the brownies went to work with my husband! 🙂

  6. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 30, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I didn’t buy any special Easter candy so I don’t have that problem. Just a pretty bag of m&ms that will soon find its way into my belly and hopefully I won’t have to share if I’m sneaky enough. This post reminds me of posts I saw after Halloween! It’s so funny what people will do to get rid of the candy in a hurry. I bet it’s crazy tasty loaded with all of that extra chocolate 🙂

  7. #
    Kat @ Cupcake Kat — April 30, 2011 at 1:23 am

    These pictures are making me salivate. It looks so delicious. Great way to use up any candy laying around

  8. #
    Allison of A Farmgirl's View — April 30, 2011 at 2:01 am

    What a great idea! I LOVE this! I am going to round all the candy up (we have way too much every year because both sets of grandparents feel bad that we don’t do alot of candy all year, so they load my 3 kids up at holidays LOL)
    Anyway, thanks for sharing this!

  9. #
    Erin — April 30, 2011 at 2:40 am

    This is genius!! I think I will have to make these on Sunday so my hubby can take them to work! He won’t take in just plain candy, but baked goods with candy…..brilliant! Thanks!

  10. #
    The Dutch Baker's Daughter — April 30, 2011 at 2:46 am

    This looks fabulous. My daughter doesn’t eat the candy anymore, but I may just have to buy some to make these. 🙂

  11. #
    The Harried Cook — April 30, 2011 at 6:53 am

    I’m drooling! I think I’m going to go out and buy some candy to make these because I ate whatever we had at home :p Awesome looking brownies! 🙂

  12. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — April 30, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I was good this year and didn’t go overboard on the Easter candy like I usually do, but I kinda wish I had now that I see this!

  13. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — April 30, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Easter may be over but the part continues with those delicious brownies!

  14. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — April 30, 2011 at 9:59 am

    meant to say party!

  15. #
    Becky — April 30, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Clever idea to put the leftover candy in the brownie. I have made these before, and they freeze well, but technically they would stay be in the house:)

  16. #
    Rosemary — April 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Great idea! A friend did something similar. She had leftover Andes candies, the chocolte mints, and when she added them to her brownie batter, they added just the loveliest hint of mint. You great bakers and your clever ideas wow me!

  17. #
    Shawn — April 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    So smart…but I don’t think that I could bring myself to give them away!

  18. #
    Lori @ Girl Meets Oven — April 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    What a fun idea! Now I know what to do with that chocolate bunny I received for Easter. 🙂

  19. #
    Beth Michelle — April 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Yum!! I usually do this after halloween. I put all the chocolate candy into cupcakes!! Great idea, this looks fantastic

  20. #
    Wilde in the Kitchen — April 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Easter is over? Aww man, I never got any peeps… Brownies are a great idea to get rid of all that extra sweet stuff!

  21. #
    Mother Rimmy — April 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I keep seeing coffee added to brownie recipes, I really must give this a try!

  22. #
    Parsley Sage — April 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Hmmm…perhaps this is an interesting and humane way for my creme eggs to meet their end 😉 Thanks for sharing, brilliant recipe!

  23. #
    sweetpeaskitchen.com — April 30, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Loving this! I have some easter candy that I desperately need to get rid of. This looks like the perfect way! Thanks for sharing! 😀

  24. #
    Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets — April 30, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Mmm yummy! I love adding coffee flavor to chocolate treats. It brings out the chocolate flavor so well.

  25. #
    SuzyEats — May 1, 2011 at 2:39 am

    These look so yummy Katrina!!

  26. #
    Chef Dennis — May 1, 2011 at 2:54 am

    what a perfect use for all the leftover Easter candy, and it does look delicious! Coffee is a perfect addition to these sweet chocolate treats you have in your brownies…I could certainly go for a few of these brownies and a glass of milk

  27. #
    mia xara — May 1, 2011 at 3:22 am

    How creative!I don’t have any Easter chocolate since my kids are all grown up,however there’s always some kind of chocolate candy to use instead..Thanks for sharing!

  28. #
    gastronomic nomad — May 1, 2011 at 3:39 am

    I have to admit that your post made me laugh. What a GREAT way to use leftover candy! Decadence upon decadence. And great tip on how to substitute buttermilk. I actually couldn’t find it in the market today for some reason, so I decided to replace it in my recipe with greek yogurt which I have done in the past.

  29. #
    paddle attachment — May 1, 2011 at 4:13 am

    This looks fantastic – like a chocolate swimming pool! I really need a good brownie recipe. It looks like I found it!

  30. #
    [email protected] — May 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Wonderful, sneaky way to get that candy used up and out of your temptation.

  31. #
    [email protected] — May 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I wish I was one of your kids… I would be the fattest happiest kid on the block! 🙂 Delicious delicious delicious!!

  32. #
    Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen — May 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Those brownies look magnificent! Just discovered your blog and LOVE it so far! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  33. #
    Erin — May 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Oh my gosh. That just looks deliciously awesome!

  34. #
    Gourmantine — May 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    That looks like a pure chocoholics dream! I’m rarely in the need to get rid of extra chocolate, but if one day I would have too much on my hands this would be a way to go!

  35. #
    Maria — May 1, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    This looks so gorgeously oozing and delicious. What a great treat!

  36. #
    Torviewtoronto — May 2, 2011 at 12:28 am

    delicious looking brownies

  37. #
    Chris's Gourmet Fashion — May 2, 2011 at 12:45 am

    What a creative way to use up all that excess candy!

  38. #
    TheChocolatePriestess — May 2, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Separately I understood every word but together, being sick of candy, well, at least high quality chocolate, I don’t grok. The cheap stuff most folks buy for Easter or other holiday, yuck.

  39. #
    Lauren — May 2, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Love it. What a fantastic way to get that extra candy out of the house (and into my belly 😉 )

  40. #
    Cassie @ Bake Your Day — May 2, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    These look awesome, I always need a way to get rid of leftover candy!

  41. #
    Nami @ Just One Cookbook — May 3, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I love your idea Katrina! I think we need to make this brownies every single candy-related event… I always don’t know what to do with the leftover candies (and surely I won’t my kids to eat all of them)…so my husband would bring them to work. Even though it’s a same thing, I think brownies are very very nice gestures (doesn’t look like a leftover). Brilliant idea!

  42. #
    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — May 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is one decadent dessert! Lovely brownies, Katrina. It may be morning, but these are calling my name!

  43. #
    cookies and cups — May 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    well, these look great!!! and i thought i just had to EAT all the easter candy..duh 🙂
    stumbled this!

  44. #
    fajas colombianas — May 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I do the same thing as what you do, I put chopped chocolate bars into the batter to give it a different taste in every bite.

  45. #
    Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It — May 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I got so sick of all the Easter Candy I dumped in all in the trash. Horrible I know but I couldn’t look at it anymore!

  46. #
    cakewhiz — May 4, 2011 at 6:23 am

    the one thing i like about easter is all the candies but once it’s over, i don’t know what do with all that’s left over….lol. great idea using them in these absolutely drool-worthy brownies!

  47. #
    Andrea @ strawberry-chic — May 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I just put away all the leftover Easter candy in a box in my cupboard. I’m excited to see something I can actually do with it! Awesome Idea!

  48. #
    Mary — May 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Your cake looks and sounds delicious. I’m relatively new to your blog and don’t often comment. I do, however, want you to know how much I enjoy my visits here. You have created a lovely spot for your readers and I really enjoy the time I spend here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  49. #
    kita — May 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I’ve been taking the Easter candy stash to my store – I thought for sure my customers would gobble it up. Nope. Apparently everyone is candied out! I am 99% sure that I could never be brownied out though. These look tasty.

  50. #
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  51. #
    Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane — May 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    A very cute post! I love the addition of coffee and the glaze too, yum yum 🙂

  52. #
    Jan — May 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Love the pans!

  53. #
    Jan — May 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Chef Dennis sent me!

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