From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I fall back on this recipe whenever I'm short of time and I've committed to bring a dessert or cookies to a gathering. These brownies are very easy to make and the frosting allows some creativity in the way you flavor and finish them. I love to ice these bars with peppermint frosting, but they are equally good when made with any of the extracts suggested in the recipe below. While I doubt you'll have a problem with leftovers, the brownies will keep for several days if they are well-wrapped and stored in an airtight container. I do hope you will try them. I'm of the opinion that there is always room for one more brownie recipe. Here is how this moist and rich version is made.
Everyday Frosted Fudge Brownies ...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Taste of Home magazine
2/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup milk
1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/2 teaspoon almond, orange or peppermint extract
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan and set aside.
2) Combine butter, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to butter mixture. Stir in water and chocolate chips until blended.
3) Scrape into a prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until brownies pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool on a wire rack.
4) For frosting, melt chips and butter with milk in a microwave oven. Stir until smooth. Whisk in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla or extract of your choice until smooth. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until mixture reaches a spreading consistency. Frost brownies. Yield: 4 dozen.
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