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If you’re in need of the ultimate brownie recipe, then look no further! You’ve come to the right place. This rich, fudgy, frosted brownie recipe is the only one you’ll ever need. Really!! They turn out perfect every time….well except for the first time that I made them. Yep! Kitchen fails happen to the best of us. My hubby and I had just started dating and we were in that “playing house” phase. I wanted to impress him and make these delicious brownies for him and his friends and everyone would love me and we would live happily ever after….yada, yada, yada! Well the brownies turned out great and the frosting was soooo good too. The problem was I didn’t have time to let them cool long enough before frosting them! But being the go getter that I am, I went for it anyways and hoped for the best. Well…..it wasn’t my best! It was far from it. The frosting melted and turned into a hot mess. I tried cutting them. I tried freezing them. I tried everything I could think of to save them in the limited amount of time that I had to work with, but they were beyond saving (in my mind anyways!!). My hubby swore they were delicious and tried to convince me to bring them anyways (he’s so sweet), but I was so upset at that point that I burst into tears. Uh-huh!! Just like that Brad Paisley song Little Moments. Looking back now it all seems so silly but at the time it was a kitchen fail of epic proportions in my mind. We ended up leaving the brownies at home and the following week I attempted them again. I couldn’t let a little melted frosted defeat me! Well they were a HUGE hit and have been ever since!! I’ve probably made them 100 times. I ALWAYS get asked to share this one and it’s constantly requested for potlucks and parties. We basically bring them EVERYWHERE!! So to all of you newbie bakers out there….Keep trying! You got this! And sometimes fails make for better stories than successes anyways because we DID live happily ever after!!
Here’s all you’ll need: butter, baking coca, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla extract, confectioners sugar, and milk. (and enough patience to allow them to cool!)
Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over low heat. You can also do this in the microwave but I have a tendency to explode butter all over the microwave from time to time. Anyone else?!? I’m starting to feel like this blog post holds all of my deepest, darkest secrets!!!
Remove from the heat and stir in the 3/4 cups of baking cocoa. Cool and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with a hand mixer until well blended. I’m still getting used to this new hand mixer. I gotta confess, I kinda miss my old Cuisinart one! Still mourning it a little.
Blend in the salt and the baking powder. Then mix in the flour. I know what you’re thinking….I thought we were making BROWN-ies?!? But we’re about to get to that part!
Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and the cooled chocolate mixture. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. The chocolate mixture doesn’t have to be 100% cooled. Obviously you don’t want it to be blazing hot at this point, but if it’s still a little warm, don’t worry about it. It won’t mess anything up. Mix until the chocolate and batter are completely incorporated. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl and the sides!
The batter will be thick and fudgy! Spread into a greased 13 X 9 inch baking dish. I like to plop it all in the middle and then work it out towards the sides. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 26-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. I tend to lean towards the longer side. Usually I’ll check them at about 28 minutes but end up baking for the full 30. Remove from the oven and COOL COMPLETELY!!!! I’m laughing hysterically as I type that.
Meanwhile, let’s make this delicious frosting!! In a large bowl, cream the butter, confectioners sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and milk. Now the recipe says to add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of milk. It depends on how thick you want the frosting. Rule of thumb: start with the smaller amount and work your way up. So I add 1/4 cup and mix, and then go from there. If I think it needs more then I add extra milk, about a tablespoon at a time, until I’m happy with it. Now also I sometimes cheat a little and use melted butter. It turns out fine that way too, and doesn’t give me so much cocoa blow back when I turn on the mixture. Since the melted butter is already a liquid, you’ll want to go with the smaller amount of milk.
Once the brownies are COOLED COMPLETELY!!!!!…….we can go ahead and frost them! Stressing the completely cooled part! Learn from my mistakes people!! So happy that I can laugh about it now. Spread the frosting evenly over the brownies. Yum. Yum. Yummy!!! Why do people even eat brownies without frosting??? I think it should be a rule that they HAVE to have it!!
Cut into bars before serving! Are you team frosted or unfrosted? What are your most memorable (and maybe most delicious) kitchen blunders?
Frosted Fudge Brownies
- 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
- 3/4 cup baking cocoa
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup baking cocoa
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup milk
- Step 1 Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over low heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the 3/4 cups of baking cocoa. Cool and set aside.
- Step 2 In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with a hand mixer until well blended. Blend in the salt, baking powder, and flour.
- Step 3 Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and the cooled chocolate mixture. Mix until the chocolate and batter are completely incorporated.
- Step 4 Spread into a greased 13 X 9 inch baking dish. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 26-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting!
- Step 5 To make the frosting: In a large bowl, cream the butter, confectioners sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and milk. Now the recipe says to add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of milk.
- Step 6 Spread frosting over cooled brownies. Cut into bars before serving and enjoy!!
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