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Monday, September 7, 2009

Killer Brownies

Dave's Grandma was a wonderful baker.  I remember several years at Fair time, she'd bake LOTS of different cookies for a cookie jar contest and enter those in the fair.  She was the Cookie Grandma... always chocolate chip cookies in the jar when anyone came to visit.  These Killer Brownies are one of her recipes.  They are a little more work than the brownies I usually make, but well worth the few minutes extra they take.

Killer Brownies
2 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 C. butter or margarine
2 C. brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
1 C. nuts (optional)
Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix in dry ingredients and nuts.  Divide batter in half.  Melt 2 squares of baking chocolate and blend into one half of batter.  Spread chocolate mixture on the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan.  Spread the plain half of the mixture on top of the chocolate.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  Cool and frost with chocolate frosting.
I don't really have a recipe for the chocolate frosting I put on these... it's something like 3-4 cups of powdered sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa, 1 cube of butter softened, enough milk to mix (maybe start with 3 Tablespoons & add 1 T. at a time until it's spreading consistency).  Beat it until smooth and spread on brownies.

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