Catagory: Cookies and Bars
Brownies are my favorite thing. Home-made brownies. Hot, fudge brownies with vanilla ice cream. I can taste preservatives in a brownie mix brownie a mile away. Blech! These are soooo much better. I've made them a million times...the "Brownies to Die For" I posted in January are gourmet and perfect, but if you want a quickie brownie--these are the best! No muss, no fuss and you always have the ingredients. Served them last night at church and there were none left!
Note: If you want these to taste ultra-good, use unsalted butter. If you don't have unsalted butter (I usually don't) use salted butter and decrease the salt to 1/4 t. Almost as good. If you double the recipe, use a 9X 13" pan. These brownies are much better thicker than thinner. Grease the pan with lots of shortening or oil as they have a tendency to stick. Don't use butter to grease your pan, as it burns too easily.
Note: I found my brother-in-law Mark eating brownies in his kitchen one morning. He just couldn't keep away from the Fudge Frosting that his wife made. Neither can I. It will keep you coming back for more. I doubled the recipe so you would have adequate frosting to "snitch"--even if you put it on a 9X13" pan.
1 C walnuts, chopped (optional)
1/2 lb. unsalted butter
2 C sugar
1 t vanilla
1 C sifted flour
1/2 t salt
3/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder ( I use Nestle or Droste-- the others are too bitter)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8X8" square pan. Brown walnuts on a baking sheet in the oven for 5 minutes only. Or skip this step entirely. You can even opt to not use walnuts if you wish. Up to you. Beat first 3 ingredients with a mixer until fluffy. Add vanilla. Than mix in remaining ingredients. Bake 30-45 minutes depending on your oven and how fudgy you like them. Other Options: Add chocolate chips or frost with buttercream to make them fancy.
Smith Fudge Frosting:
After brownies are cool. Bring 1 C salted butter...12 T milk and 2 C sugar to a gentle boil in a 2-qt. saucepan with a sturdy bottom over medium-low heat boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 C chocolate chips until melted. Then place saucepan contents into a 2-qt. bol over a larger bowl of ice water and beat until thick and creamy. Immediately spread on brownies.