You may not know this but the DIY Network and HGTV headquarters are in Knoxville, Tenn., home of the Tennessee Volunteers. We’re having a tailgate at the office today for the University of Tennessee vs. University of Florida game tomorrow. I’m told it’s a big rivalry. I didn’t go to a big football school so I’m fascinated by and skeptical of tailgating culture. Decorations. Cute finger foods. Schools with bold, jewel-tone colors. I can get behind that. The part with the sports … I don’t know.
I’m trying to understand the game or at least the words to “Rocky Top.” (I only know the “Whoo” part.) Farima at HGTV’s Design Happens is determined to show me how fun a football game can be this fall. I’m not sure I believe her, but I am getting into the spirit today with cookies for each team: Rocky Top Brownies and Florida Key Lime Bars. Both of these recipes are quick and easy to make and they’re sure to be a hit at your tailgate.
I used this lime bars recipe from the Food Network. If you’re a Florida fan, you can sub in Key lime juice instead.
For the Rocky Top Brownies, I knew I had to get this right. There are several UT alumni at the office. The recipe below is the standard recipe for Rocky Top Brownies but you could change the toppings for a different team. These could easily be made into Mississippi Mud Brownies or Moose Track Brownies. OK. Maybe no one has a moose as a mascot. But if such a team exists, I’m pulling for them.
What You Need for Rocky Top Brownies:
- 1 (18-ounce) package brownie mix
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 3 large eggs
- 1 (12-ounce) package mini peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped
How to Make Them:
Blend first 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan.
Bake at 350° for 23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and scatter chopped candy on top of the brownies. Bake for an additional 2-3 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting brownies into squares.
What are your favorite tailgate recipes? Share them in the comments below!