Sunday, March 23, 2014

Beautifully wonderful brownies

Have you ever made a dessert recipe that leaves you wanting to lick your fingers, your mixer, your bowl? Have you ever wanted to make a batch of something sweet that was so wonderful that you didn't want to share?

This fast, simple and delicious recipe for brownies, adapted from Allrecipes, is that for me. I shamelessly licked up any brownie mixture that got onto my hands, and you'd better believe I licked up the leftover frosting from the bowl after spreading it on these bad boys. 

Beware: if you make this recipe, you're going to end up eating everything by yourself. You've been warned. 

Beautifully wonderful brownies

Brownie batter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and grease an 8-inch square pan.
  • Mix your butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla together in a medium-sized mixing bowl. 
Make sure your butter is very soft to allow for good mixing.

  • Slowly stir in your cocoa, flour, salt, and then baking powder. 
  • Spread the batter into your pan.
  • Bake your batter for 25 to 30 minutes. Be careful not to overcook these brownies. They might not look completely cooked, but they will continue to cook once they are removed from the oven.
Poke with a fork to check for complete cooking. 
As your brownies cool, you can make your frosting. With this easy recipe, you'll never want to buy frosting again.

Frosting mixture
3 tablespoon butter, softened
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar

  • Mix the ingredients, and spread onto the brownies as they are still warm.
  • Allow the brownies to cool completely before you remove them from the pan. 
You can eat these without the frosting, but isn't that the point of living?

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