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Molten lava brownie pie. Yes. That’s what I said. I did the unthinkable. I combined a molten lava chocolate cake with brownies. You may have thought the molten lava chocolate cake was untouchable – perfection that couldn’t be improved upon. BUT you were wrong. I came, I saw, I conquered. Seriously. I will probably never make this again – because, MY WAIST LINE that’s why. I literally couldn’t stop eating this directly from the pan with a spoon. I’m not sure how I managed to save any for the pictures. It was that good y’all.
This idea started coming into motion after I tried the new International Delight Iced Coffee at Walmart. They make them in mocha and caramel macchiato. They stuck out because I wasn’t expecting to see them where I was perusing the juice aisle. But there they were, calling to me.
So I went crazy and bought both flavors. I tried the Mocha one that afternoon. Literally just poured it on ice, put it in a fancy glass and a used a fun straw (doesn’t everything taste better with a fun straw?!), and VOILA – coffeehouse taste without the coffeehouse hassle. This tasted just as good as any other iced coffee I’ve had, and I could drink it at home without spending upwards of $5 for one drink. WIN!
Then I started thinking about desserts that would taste good with these flavors. I had been playing around with this molten lava like brownie pie recipe for awhile. I failed it the last time, and ended up throwing it away (the horror!! who throws away brownies?!). So I was determined to change it up and make it work this time.
I went the route of making the molten lava center, instead of attempting the undercooked center, like so many molten lava cake recipes call for. To do this, you start by melting chocolate with a dairy (heavy cream typically). So I did that, but I used half heavy cream and half of the Caramel Macchiato Iced Coffee. Then you refrigerate it until it hardens, and looks kind of like this.
And then you proceed to eat the entire pan with a spoon..oh wait…umm…just kidding. You can do that. And probably, no one would judge you (well I for sure wouldn’t). Buuuut, if you can just wait until this masterpiece is finished, you will be even more smitten with the end result.
While the chocolate center is in the fridge hardening, you can start the brownie pie. Go ahead and spray a pan with non-stick spray and press any cookie dough into the bottom of a pie pan. About 16 ounces of dough will be the perfect amount. Cook at 350 for about 10 minutes. Then mix your brownie mix (hint: for an even more indulgent taste, substitute the water for iced coffee!!). Pour half of the brownie mix into the partially cooked cookie dough pie. Drop spoon fulls of the chocolate center on top. Don’t worry about spreading it out too much, it will all just become melty goodness when it bakes.
Top with the other half of the brownie batter. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes. You want the brownies to be just cooked (even a smidge undercooked is fine).
Serve with vanilla ice cream and you will probably never want another dessert for the rest of your life.