When my husband moved into a job a few years back where, upon arrival, morale was so low it was in the…well, you get my drift. No one trusted those in charge, and the view of anyone sitting in his seat was not a warm and fuzzy one. I was working and traveling a lot in those days, and since I couldn’t do much to help, I figured that food was always a good ice breaker. But because you usually see goodies in an office on a Friday to celebrate the coming weekend, I thought I would flip that idea on its ear. After all, it’s not on a glorious, “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” Friday that folks need a pick-me-up. It’s on those gloomy, throw the covers over your head, don’t-make-me-go-back Mondays that people need a little extra help with their morning caffeine fix. And what goes with morning caffeine better than baked goods, right?
So I decided to institute what came to be known as “Baked Good Mondays”. Small problem though. See, I’m not really a baker. I don’t follow rules that well (just ask anyone who’s ever spent 10 minutes with me). When I am held to exact measurements, precise baking times, and specific ingredients, I feel like any inspiration I may have in my back pocket is left untapped. And who can argue with the fact that sometimes, nothing beats a fudgy, gooey, chocolatey brownie? So what’s a girl to do when baked goods are required? Improvise anyway!
As I mentioned above, because I don’t like having to be so darned precise when baking, I find other ways to tinker with recipes (I’m a rebel!). In this case, I use a store brand, boxed fudge brownie mix as my base. And then, I start experimenting. Let’s just say that this version has become so popular, that every place I’ve taken it, the pan comes back empty in no time flat, and usually already cleaned, with a request for more. I figure if those who are partaking like it enough to actually do the dishes, I must be doing something right.
Take a chance and experiment with these at your next office function or potluck. I dare you not to be worshiped and praised for your generous nature and wicked mad baking game!
With these babies in tow at your early morning meeting, Mondays won’t seem so bad anymore.
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