Frosted Brownies

Frosted Brownies I have a great love of all things chocolate, hence today’s post. I’m not sure where I even found this recipe, but I’ve been making it for years; although today I’m frosting them. Nothing like a little chocolate to go with my chocolate! Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8X8 glass baking pan. Please excuse the condition of my baking pan, it’s nearly 20 years old, but it works! 

Ingredients brownie:

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup all purpose flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

½ teaspoon salt chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

frosting:

3 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 ½ cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Since I’m lazy, I just dump all the ingredients into a bowl & stir until everything is combined.

 

Of course, you could go the more traditional route & mix the dry ingredients & wet separately then combine the two. Once I’m sure everything is mixed well, I pour the batter into my baking dish. The consistency should be thinner than cake batter but not as thick as cookie dough. Spread out evenly in the pan with the back of a spatula & bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

A toothpick should come out clean when inserted into the center of the pan. While brownies are cooling, melt butter in a small pan.

Once the butter is melted, remove from heat & mix in remaining ingredients. Pour over brownies once all ingredients are combined.

Now comes the hard part- waiting. I love brownies straight out of the oven but with the frosting I am forced to wait.

There are so many ways to tweak this recipe- using different extracts to flavor, adding nuts, chocolate chips, or even crushed candy canes for the holidays & of course the frosting can be omitted. I’m working on a version with peanut butter but today’s attempt didn’t quite cut it.

My computer & camera don’t want to talk to each other so I can’t post the pics for this post. Once I figure out what’s wrong, I’ll add the pics! 

Here are the pics I promised. I ended up swapping SD cards with my old camera & uploading that way. Oh well!

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