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Camille Beckstrand

July 02, 2012

When we were growing up, we must have seen our mom bake her famous Marshmallow Brownies at least a thousand times. The smell of chocolate baking in the oven would waft through the house and you knew exactly what she was making . . . and you knew that they were not going to be for you.

You see, our mom's brownies were magical (or so we thought) and whenever she made them, it was to share their magic with someone else. She was known throughout the neighborhood for these famous brownies. When people would talk about her brownies, they would get this nostalgic look in their eyes and talk about how they were the best brownies they had ever had.

As we grew up, we realized that while the brownies are absolutely delicious, the magic was not in that family recipe. The magic was was coming from my mom- people knew that they were loved and that she cared for them through the simple act of making a pan of brownies and sharing it with them.

When someone was having a bad day, my mom would pick up on it and pop in to say hello, brownies in hand. When someone had passed away, my mom would run by the brownies and sit with people as they cried and grieved. When someone lost their job, my mom would casually stop by and be a listening ear as someone shared how they were feeling, over a delicious plate of brownies. And of course, if it was your birthday, my mom would always remember and stop by with her brownies to let you know that she was thinking about you.
 (I bet that you can't even tell which one is our mom! She could seriously pass as one of the sisters!)

My mom never once has told us that we need to serve people or listen to those promptings to let you know who needs you; instead she shows us everyday through the life that she lives, even if it is as basic as making brownies.

Mom's Famous Chocolate Marshmallow Brownies
1 cup margarine (2 sticks)
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1 (10 oz) package of miniature marshmallows
Soften margarine and blend in sugar and cocoa. Beat together and add 4 eggs, one at a time, mixing after each one. Add flour, salt and vanilla and mix well.
Spread on large (10x15x1 inch) greased cookie sheet. Bake 22-25 minutes at 350. Remove from oven and cover entire top with 1 package of miniature marshmallows. Return to oven for 3 minutes, until marshmallows are soft and puffy. Cool and frost with chocolate frosting.

Mom's Chocolate Frosting:
1 stick margarine (1/2 cup), softened
1/4 cup milk
1-2 tsp vanilla (depending on your taste)
3 tablespoons of cocoa
2-3 cups of powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients with a hand mixer until smooth. Add more powdered sugar or milk until you reach desired consistency and spread on top of bars.

Camille blogs over at SixSistersStuff.com with her five sisters. They share easy family recipes (and lots of their mom's famous recipes!) along with fun crafts and other ideas for making your house a home. Camille currently lives in Utah and is married to her husband Jared. They have two darling children, Brynlee and Mason (with another one on the way!). She loves her family, escaping to the gym for a quick workout, and marshmallow brownies.