Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Simple Frosted Brownies


These could easily be called Facebook Brownies or Pinterest Brownies, because they are popping up on both of those websites constantly.  On Facebook they're usually called "Lunch Lady Brownies" or something like that; they are supposed to be reminiscent of homemade brownies served back in the day in the US School lunch program.  Let me tell you, I never had anything like this in my scary occasional school-bought lunches (I actually stopped taking school lunches altogether around 4th or 5th grade- too much scariness).
The kids LOVED these, of course.  I enjoyed them too, although the brownie itself wasn't as fudgy or dense as I'd like- the wonderful icing made up for it all.  These make a big 9x13 pan but was gone in no time around here.  They're easy to make and would be great for a potluck or casual party.
Simple Frosted Brownies
adapted from Cookies & Cups

Brownies:
1 cup butter, melted
½ cup cocoa powder
4 eggs
1½ Tbsp vanilla
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour

Frosting:
¼ cup butter, room temperature*
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup milk
2½ cups powdered sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 350°  Line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside. (I skipped the foil.)

2.  In bowl of stand mixer combine melted butter and cocoa powder. (*I just made the batter right in the saucepan I used to melt the butter- it worked out perfectly.  Just combined everything with a rubber spatula. There's no reason to dirty the stand mixer for this.)  Mix on medium speed until all lumps are gone. (I'm sure you can make these without a stand mixer, as well.)  Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until thickened and smooth, about 1 minute.  Add in sugar and beat until incorporated and finally add in flour and mix until combined.  Spread in prepared pan and bake 15-20 minutes until center is just set.

3.  While the brownies are baking, prepare your frosting my beating the butter and cocoa powder together. Add in milk and powdered sugar and beat until smooth.  Allow the brownies to cool for about 10-15 minutes and then spread on frosting. The brownies will still be warm.  Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting into squares.
*I might have melted the butter instead; I can't remember! My frosting looks glossy and smooth, like I did.  It's been over a month since I made these, I think.
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