I’m beginning to think that I have an unnatural obsession with brownies. First, I told you about hiding black beans in them. Next, I stuffed zucchini into brownies. This time, I won’t play with ingredients—instead, I will offer a rather undervalued baking method. As it turns out, you can make brownies in your slow cooker. But is it worth it?
In a large bowl, I combined 1 cup of natural peanut butter, 1/2 cup of sugar, and 1/4 cup of softened butter. In went 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. I sprinkled in some ground flax seed (optional) and then added a little more than 1/2 cup of flour, plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder. For good measure (although I didn’t measure), I threw in what I had left of semisweet chocolate chips, probably about 3/4 cup. After coating the slow cooker with nonstick olive oil spray, I evenly spread the batter. Using a wooden spoon, I propped open the slow cooker lid and flipped the switch to high.
Slow Cooker Brownies: Sure, they were delicious, but worth the extra time?
After an hour and a half, I checked on the brownies. Not done. Twenty more minutes on the timer. Still not done. Fifteen more minutes on the timer. Still not done? After 3 hours, I decided that this tired mom had to get to bed, so I turned off the slow cooker and hit the sheets.
Despite my haste in getting to bed (forgive me, I have a 2-1/2-year-old!), the brownies were very good. More fudgy than cakelike, but definitely tasty. After the initial shock of “You made brownies . . . in what?” wore off, the reviews went like this: “Moist and chewy and very peanut-buttery.” “Great for kids, but adults might find themselves addicted, too!” “Dangerously delicious!”
But I wonder: What is the point? Yes, I do enjoy using my slow cooker, but I harbor no ill will toward my oven. I could have turned out equal deliciousness in only 30 minutes!
Do you “bake” in your slow cooker? Tell us how and why. We’d love to hear from you!
Sarah, our Senior Associate Editor, joined The Old Farmer's Almanac in 2003. If not outside with her husband and son enjoying a kayak trip down the Saco River or skiing in the White Mountains, you'll find her baking sweet treats in the kitchen.