Mississippi Mud Brownies
Mississippi mud might not sound like something you'd like to eat, but Mississippi mud brownies definitely are. To maximize the chocolate flavor in these moist brownies, we added cocoa powder to the brownie base and kept the amount of sugar in check.
Why This Recipe Works
These moist, fudgy, marshmallow-topped brownies are related to Mississippi mud pie and Mississippi mud cake—desserts that share one trait: dense gooeyness that approximates the texture of the silt that settles in the Mississippi River Delta. Most mud brownie recipes call for unsweetened chocolate, but the flavor can be flat. Cocoa powder lends a deeper chocolate flavor to our brownies. We found that mini marshmallows turn hard and chewy after a stint in the oven. An easy solution was to swap the mini marshmallows out for a thin layer of marshmallow crème which evenly coated the mud brownies and kept the sugar quotient in check. Since the brownie layer in our recipe is so chocolaty, the frosting can be minimized to just a melted drizzle. Using a spatula to spread the marshmallow crème evenly over the hot brownies made easy work of it, while using a spoon to drizzle melted chocolate on top created a decorative pattern. We took care not to overbake these mud brownies; they should be moist and fudgy.