Friday, September 9, 2011

Best (Frosted) Brownies Ever

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Diet, schmiet. Sometimes you just need something sweet! And my something sweet comes in the form of thick, chewy brownies with chocolate chips and coated in a decadent, rich chocolate frosting. So sue me!

I chose to add mini chocolate chips to the original recipe because I wanted them to turn out more sweet than bitter. It worked and also kept the brownies moist in the process. Some of the chips didn't melt all the way so there were little bits of chocolaty surprises mixed in the dough. Those are more than welcome to stay!

I seriously think these are the best brownies ever. They stayed very moist after baking, and I think one of the tricks is to make sure you do not overcook them. Make sure you bake them just until they begin to pull away from the edge of the pan and the middle is set. Not a minute longer, or else they'll turn into bricks. Stick to this and you'll have fail-proof brownies. Enjoy!





  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • Creamy Brownie Frosting (recipe follows)

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9-inch square baking pan and set aside.

Stir together butter, sugar and vanilla in bowl. Add eggs; beat well with spoon. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to egg mixture, beating until well blended. Add chocolate chips and combine well. Stir in nuts, if desired. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Prepare Creamy Brownie Frosting; spread over brownies. Cut into squares. About 16 brownies.

Creamy Brownie Frosting

  • 3 tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 tbsp. Hershey's Cocoa
  • 1 tbsp. light corn syrup or honey
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. milk
Beat butter, cocoa, corn syrup and vanilla in small bowl until blended. Add powdered sugar and milk; beat to spreading consistency. About 1 cup frosting.

Source: Adapted from Hershey's

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