Saturday, February 18, 2012

Holy Chocolate Brownies

I don't know WHAT IT IS but lately I have been craving chocolate. Not just your average "mm I could use a hershey kiss" right now kind of craving..

The I will use my single last dollar to buy a Hershey bar kind of craving.

Yes. I went to the evil land of calories vending machine to use my LAST dollar for a chocolate bar. I came back instead with a Diet Coke. Don't get me started...

So I'm sitting on the couch Thursday night thinking, man. I wish I still had that dollar that was wasted on a Diet Coke. Because I was trying to get coins from the soda machine. Because the machine with chocolate wouldn't take my crisp perfect dollar. And the soda machine wouldn't give me coins.

If I still had that dollar.. I could go to the store and buy some chocolate.

Then I had a lightbulb go off in my head. BROWNIES. I had everything in my kitchen to make them. So I pulled myself up off of my anti-baking behind and made these warm ooey gooey frosting covered DECADENT brownies.

They are everything I wanted and needed at that moment. I am HOPING that my week-long thirst for chocolate has finally been quenched. It seriously needs to be.


-Ingredients-

1 stick of butter
1 c sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp fresh brewed coffee
1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 c all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

For the frosting:
3 tbsp room temperature butter
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c powdered sugar

-Directions-

For the brownies:
1. Preheat oven to 350*. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.
2. In another bowl melt the butter. Add the vanilla extract and butter.
3. In a third bowl (I know) beat your eggs together lightly. Pour into your dry ingredients and mix slowly with a wooden spoon until eggs are incorporated.
4. Pour a little bit of your butter mixture in. Stir slowly to begin combining. (Don't pour too much in. You don't want to get your eggs hot too fast and scramble them!) Then pour the rest of the butter mixture in and stir until just incorporated. DO NOT BEAT THIS MIXTURE. It will make it too cakey. That's why we are stirring gently. Pour batter into a greased 8 inch glass baking dish.
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Meanwhile, mix all of your ingredients for the frosting together in another bowl. Set aside.
6. Take your brownies out. Do not overcook them, check them after 25 minutes and if a knife comes out clean they are done. Top with the frosting while they are still warm and then allow them to cool. The frosting will melt into a smooth layer on the top, and as the brownies cool it will set into a smooth chocolately layer.
7. Try to share.

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes

3 comments:

  1. Thankful I have everythng but powdered sugar on hand or I'd be all over these right now! They look Sooooo good and chocolatey! But the next time I go to the grocery - and remember to buy powdered sugar - I'll make them....for the ladies at work....

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  2. They are (were) SO good. Seth liked them too! He was upset I only brought one and tried to steal Heidi's. She hid it!! Haha! I know the ladies at work would love them. Anyone would love them!

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  3. bahahaha i've gone through that.... last dollar in hand... wondering if I should get the chocolate (or almonds in my case) and then craving whichever item I didn't choose! lol

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