Cosmic Brownies

Maybe I’m just too darn old, but I don’t remember Cosmic Brownies from my youth. But seeing photos of the copycat version of these frosted brownies topped with a rainbow of candy  orbs, I had to test out a batch.Cosmic Brownies | Fudgy brownies topped with ganache and chocolate filled candies!

My Flawed Childhood

I do remember my mom treating us to the occasional Little Debbie Swiss Roll, Archway Pecan Cookie or Hostess Apple Pie. But we never had Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies. What was my she thinking?! But thanks to my blogger friends, I became aware of these rich, chocolate devils over the past year. They were dense, dark chocolate brownies topped with a fudgy icing and a rainbow of colorful candies. When I was asked to do a demo for Meatless Monday on our local CBS affiliate, I knew I’d have to take in a dessert. Thank goodness my desserts are 100% meatless. I had my chance to make these new-to-me brownies.

Cosmic Brownies | Fudgy brownies topped with ganache and chocolate filled candies!

Cosmic Brownies

You can spot the chocoholics a mile away. They’re the ones who circle the table before striking up a conversation. One of the staff at the station had to mention that he really liked chocolate. I promised I was leaving the whole tray to be enjoyed after my segment. Of course, I had to squirrel away a few for the chocoholics at home. Bill gave them his seal of approval—not that there was any doubt!

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Cosmic Brownies

Serves 16 brownies     adjust servings

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Fudgy Brownies topped with chocolate ganache and candy-coated chocolate candies



  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 cup mini candy-coated chocolates


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with non-stick foil (or use regular foil sprayed with non-stick cooking spray). Set aside
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter using 30-second increments
  3. Add the sugars and mix to combine. Then add the eggs, coffee, vanilla, and stir till well mixed.
  4. Add the cocoa powder, instant espresso, and whisk until smooth.
  5. Add the flour, cornstarch and baking powder and stir until it's just incorporated; don't overmix.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with an offset spatula. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes till top looks set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. While brownies have cooled for at least a half hour, make the ganache. Add chocolate chips to a medium, microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for one minute. Set aside. Heat the cream in a Pyrex measuring cup or another microwave safe bowl till it starts to boil. Remove and pour over chocolate chips. Let stand about 5 minutes before whisking to combine. If there are any small lumps, you may microwave for 15 seconds and whisk till smooth. Repeat if needed.
  8. Pour ganache over brownies and smooth with an offset spatula. Sprinkle with candies and chill for at least 2 hours.


Recipe Notes

Total time does not include cooling times.
Adapted from numerous recipes including Averie Cooks Homemade Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies/
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 364kcal Calories from fat 181
% Daily Value
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 36mg 2%
Carbohydrate 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 36g
Protein 4g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Cosmic Brownies | Fudgy brownies topped with ganache and chocolate filled candies!


  1. I think my children will love taste your cosmics brownies! By the way, me too!

  2. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    I don’t remember the cosmic brownies either… But then I live in the land of Tastycakes… They are fun with all the bright colors:@)

  3. These brownies look so cool! They look like toys 😀

  4. Cosmic Brownies? They must be outta this world! They are the prettiest brownies I’ve see so far 🙂

  5. I’m not familiar with Cosmic Brownies either, but they look so fun and delicious! Must try a batch soon!

  6. Who can say no to brownies, cosmic or otherwise. These look yummy.

  7. Wow these Cosmic Brownies are truly out of this world. I can see why all the chocoholics kept close!! Brilliant and a lovely ganache with bursts of colour. I hope you’ll be making these again? Sammie

  8. I totally remember these packaged brownies!! Your version looks MUCH better 🙂

  9. Ooh! These brownies look so cute! You make them so professionally!! <3 Beautiful job!

  10. I know for sure I have never heard or seen these before but I am willing to make new memories devouring them!

  11. I never had these either — now I feel like I had a deprived childhood!

  12. Well you aren’t the only one – not only have I never had a cosmic brownie, I never heard of them before today! They look like a tasty and super fun treat!

  13. These brownies look heavenly!! Very rich – just the way I love my brownies.
    And the candies on top – who can resist ?!

  14. Rainbow candies ALWAYS turn my taste buds on, so you best believe I am salivating right now!!

  15. Love the thick icing on top!! Looks so yummy 😀

  16. Oh I love a good brownie, I never had them much as a child either but I am sure making up for that now 😀

  17. Very pretty indeed, Liz! The colours are so cheery & I’m sure they taste good too! xoxo

  18. Hi Liz, I do not remember cosmic brownies, but they sure look delicious!

  19. What a perfect recipe for kids.. I think I will do this recipe for the next kinder garden party.

  20. I’ve never had a cosmic brownie but I want one now! That fudgy frosting is calling my name :).

  21. Liz, I swear I gain weight by just looking at your pictures. I never ate Little Debbie’s. Just Sara Lee. But I may have to start! I’d be hovering around that table, too!

  22. Sooooo cute Liz. I had no idea that Little Debbie had such a great secret called Cosmic Brownies! But, thanks to you now I can make my own at home =)

  23. Cutie Patooties! You’d find me circling the table also.

  24. Lizzy,
    We are huge chocoholics! Congrats on the CBS segment.

  25. my grandson would go nuts over these pretty brownies!

  26. Does the coffee have to be included or can I omit it?

    • Hi, Patti, you can definitely leave it out. I find the espresso powder just intensifies the chocolate flavor, but if you don’t have it or don’t like the coffee flavor, it’s just fine to omit! Hope you enjoy these!!


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