Monday, November 27, 2023

Symphony Brownies

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I had the BEST Thanksgiving ever!  I set up a little teatime in my butler's pantry, which is between my dining area and my kitchen.  It's where I make my tea and it's so convenient.  Today, it's White Chocolate Peppermint tea by Celestial Seasonings.  It's really tasty, and a little whipped cream on top, makes it decadent.   

At Christmas time,  Lady Catherine's Tea Room, which is on a timer, greets me in the morning.   My mom and I bought this at K Mart years ago.  

My Johnson Bros Merry Christmas teacup and matching plate is one of my very favorites.  

I made these brownies to take to my daughter's for Thanksgiving, along with some pies, and rolls.  I wanted to share them because they are so easy! Lining the pan with foil makes it easy to get them out and cut them.  I'm thinking for Christmas of using peppermint chips or Ghirardelli peppermint squares in place of the Symphony bars.  

The large bars fit perfectly in a 9x9" pan.

The yummy surprise in the middle really adds to these brownies.

Yield: depends on the cutting
Author: Kitty, but adapted from Paula Deen
Symphony Brownies

Symphony Brownies

Paula Deen used a 9x13" pan, but I wanted a thicker brownie, and then only had to use 2 bars.


  • 1 brownie mix for a 9x13" pan, even though you'll be using a 9x9" pan (mine was an 18.3 oz box)
  • Ingredients that are on the back of the box (usually water, oil, eggs)
  • 2-4.25 oz Symphony Bars (made by Hershey)
  • Foil to line your pan
  • Baking Spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line your 9x9" pan with foil. An easy way to do this is by placing the foil on the outside of the pan to form the square and then put the foil into the inside of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray.
  3. Make your brownies according to the directions on the back of the box. Put half of the brownie batter into your prepared pan and spread it evenly.
  4. Lay your unwrapped Symphony Bars onto the brownie batter.
  5. Take the rest of the brownie batter and spread it evenly on top of the bars, and covering completely. Using an offset spatula helps with this.
  6. Bake for about 35-40 minutes. Mine took 40 minutes.
  7. Let cool completely in the pan before lifting the brownies out by the foil. Cut into squares. You should get at least 36 small squares.


I want to try a peppermint version at Christmas time with Ghirardelli peppermint squares or maybe use Andes Mints.

My granddaughter, Avery, recently was baptized and I wanted to share what she wrote on Facebook.  She had a crowd of friends to support her and I was honored to attend.  She also was recognized by being chosen as Newcomer of the Year  All-District, and Academic All-District.  After all that excitement, she had her wisdom teeth removed the next morning!  

My daughter, Molly and husband Eric, hosted 21 people at their beautiful home for our Thanksgiving.  Everyone in our family was there, except for Molly's second oldest who is in the army in South Korea. What a wonderful time we had and a Thanksgiving to remember.   

Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. Those brownies sound wonderful and it looks like you had a lovely (and huge!) Thanksgiving.

  2. Kitty, I couldn't love this any MORE! What gifts!
    My 8x8 glass Anchor Hocking (true vintage) shattered as it hit my counter while I was shuffling things on Thanksgiving morning, so I'll need to get a new pan/dish before further Christmas baking. 8x8, or 9x9 hmmmmm. The brownies sound great, and I bet Andes mints would be really good. Love the Kmart tea house and your c/s!

  3. What a beautiful family picture! Such joy to have everyone together!!! I've made these easy brownies and they are we wonderful! Great idea to try peppermint. I LOVE the idea of having tea in your butler's pantry. Awesome! Enjoy an awesome week! XO

  4. What a very special Thanksgiving you had! So many blessings to be with your wonderful family. I'm sure everyone enjoyed the goodies you brought! The brownies look great!

  5. What a lovely post, Kitty. Blessings on Avery as she moves forward with her faith in Christ. The brownies look wonderful. Glad your Thanksgiving was full of delights.

  6. I am proud and happy for sweet Avery. Made me tear up! Those brownies! Oh I wish I had one right now! Hugs and blessings to you sweet friend. Cindy

  7. Your tea time decked out for Christmas is absolutely lovely, Kitty. And that's such joyful news about Avery's Baptism. I will keep her in my prayers, this is a monumental thing. So happy for her. And that your whole family was together for Thanksgiving - minus one, who would certainly have been there had he could......what a happy wonderful BEAUTIFUL family picture!! Go to Walmart and get a bunch printed and stick in your Christmas cards this year for all your fav people to see. ♥♥♥

  8. Wow, those brownies look good and I adore the plates! It sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and a special day for Avery!

  9. So glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

    I am admiring the yummy brownies and charming Christmas tea time. I miss K-Mart and their red-light special sales.

    Congratulations to Avery!

  10. Those brownies sound amazing Kitty! Congrats to Avery, big smiles:@)

  11. Oh Avery's testimony and FB post warms my heart Kitty. ♥ So glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Your brownies sound SO decadent...what an easy and tasty way to give them an upgrade. Love your pretty JB teacup and sweet Lady Catherine's Tea Room house. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

  12. Kitty, I love the pretty china and the brownies look so good and I bet taste delicious. I love this easy recipe. It looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy the week Kitty.

  13. Your brownies look decadent Kitty, and the peppermint tea sounds wonderful! I'm so happy you had the BEST Thanksgiving ever! Fabulous family photo!

  14. brownies any day, every day. yes, please!

  15. So thankful for your wonderful Thanksgiving - having everyone there is such a tremendous blessing! I love the idea of your tea time area set up in your butler's pantry area! Congratulations to your granddaughter on her baptism and public profession to follow Jesus - what a tremendous blessing that is! Your brownies look amazing, love that idea of the middle surprise in them! Blessings to you dear friend :)

  16. How lovely. I love the :Gingerbread House". I ahave been planning on making a new one for several years, ever since mine got crushed in a move. So sad. But something to look forward to doing. Love the tea cups.

  17. Kitty, I adore the Merry Christmas teacup and saucer from Johnson Brothers!!! I inherited my mothers dessert set of Friendly Village. I'm gonna keep my eye out for the MC one now though. :)

  18. I am glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! Congratulations to Avery. Charming table! Hugs.

  19. Kity, your teatime set up sounds perfect! Thanks for the recipe for the brownies. Looks delicious! Congratulations to your precious granddaughter. So happy you had your family all together for Thanksgiving. It's a wonderful time to be together! Happy Holidays!

  20. I'm so thankful you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, dear friend! I am so sorry I am so far behind in my blog reading. It was so wonderful to visit with you here tonight and catch up. I am so proud of Avery, and her Facebook post was so sweet and humble. May God bless her always in her walk with Him.


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