Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Chocolate Brownies with Fudge Frosting

I don't know why but thi week I've had a MAJOR yen for chocolate. Chocolate bars, chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!!! Given the fact that I am leaving for a cruise in less than a week in which I will be eating and drinking nonstop, this craving is really not so good for my waistline. But hey, there's not much I can do and I refuse to ignore my cravings.

Here's a yumtastic recipe from Betty Crocker's cookbook for chocolate brownies with fudge frosting. I put peanut butter morselfs in mine because nothing is better than peanut butter and chocolate!!!

Suggestions for additions to the batter:
1/2 cup peanut butter, stirred in before baking
Chocolate chips
Peanut Butter chips
Heath Bar, crushed up

Cocoa Brownies
2 cups sugar
1 cup margarine or butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
1 1/3 cups flour
1 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mix together sugar, margarine/butter, vanilla, and eggs. Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well. Spread in a greased 9x13 pan.
Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool. Frost if desired.

Fudge Frosting:
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons margarine or butter
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 to 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix granulated sugar and cocoa in saucepan. Stir in milk, margarine, corn syrup and salt; heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Boil, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Cool. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla. Add enough powdered sugar to desired spreading consistency.

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