“Say What” Brownies

Honestly! The name says it all!  In a quest to create homemade brownies for some new friends, I stumbled upon a brownie that makes you question everything.  You will be grabbing a chilled glass of milk or a freshly brewed decaf to complete this delectable treat.  To treat my friends, we topped with Vanilla Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Enough is never enough! -Amanda

“SAY WHAT” Brownies

“Say What” Brownies

4 ounces unsweetened Ghirardelli chocolate; coarsely chopped
3/4 cup butter
1 ½ cups white sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 t vanilla extract
¼ t kosher salt
1 c flour
12 mini Snickers candy bars; cut into fourths

Microwave chocolate and butter in large bowl at medium power for 3-4 minutes or until butter is melted. Then whisk until chocolate is melted. Stir in sugar. Add in eggs, vanilla extract, and salt. Gradually add in flour and stir until just combined. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Spread ½ the batter into prepared pan. Add an even layer of Snickers and cover with remaining ½ of brownie batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes; do not over bake.
Remove to cooling rack.  Cool completely before cutting. Makes about 16 small brownies.

Classic Brownies

Classic Brownies

Sometimes you just want it classic!  No frills!  Yes, Betty Crocker has a brownie mix and it is completely fine to use a box mix from time to time.  These brownies just taste like your mom whipped them up and placed them on a sweet vintage plate.  So, put your snazzy apron and grab a whisk.  I know someone will thank you later! -Amanda

1½ cups sugar
¾ cup flour
¾ cup Hershey’s cocoa powder
3 eggs
¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
¾ cup Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips

By hand (you can do that) mix together the sugar, flour, salt, cocoa, eggs and melted butter.  Once the dry ingredients are mixed in, you are set.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

You know how much I love parchment paper.  Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment.  This will keep your brownies from sticking to the edge and make it ever so easy to get out of the baking dish.

Pour the batter and spread it out. If you get crazy, you will move around your parchment paper.  Take it easy and push the batter down with a rubber spatula.

Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes. It’s done when a toothpick inserted in the tallest part comes out clean. Keep in mind you’ve got chips in there. If you hit one with the toothpick it will have melted chocolate on it. You might need to poke a couple of spots to make sure you aren’t hitting a chip.

Carefully lift the parchment out of the baking dish. Get a spare set of hands if you can.  Then peel the edges and let cool for a few minutes before slicing.

Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting

With the day of love right around the corner, it’s time to celebrate by twirling around the kitchen in a pink tutu… or whipping up something for those you love the most.  I inherited a wonderful trait from my mother.  Many of her loving gifts come straight from the kitchen.  She is always willing to prepare our favorites when we come to visit.  Now having my husband and son, I know the special feeling you get when you create a dish of actual love.  Tonight, while Chris was traveling, William and I drooled over these red velvet brownies.  We washed these decadent treats down with a cold glass of milk.  Don’t worry Chris, we saved some for you! – AF

Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting

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Red Velvet Brownies
3 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 oz red food coloring
2 t vanilla extract, divided
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 t salt

White Chocolate Frosting:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 t vanilla extract
4 oz good-quality white chocolate, melted
1 – 2 T milk or heavy cream

Let’s make the brownies:
In a small bowl, slowly stir together the cocoa powder, food coloring, and 1 t vanilla into a thick paste until no lumps of cocoa remain. Set aside.
In a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and remaining 1 t of vanilla, mix well.  Turn off mixer and add in the cocoa mixture.  Continue to mix until blended.  Slowly add in the flour and salt.  Mix on low speed, just until combined.  Scrap the sides of the bowl to make sure there is no remaining flour.  The batter should be a consistent red.
Pour the batter into a buttered and floured pan.  An 8X8 baking pan (regular brownies) or 9X13 baking pan (thinner brownies.)
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (8X8) or 25 minutes (9X13). Cook until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the brownies.  Allow brownies to completely cool in the pan on a baking rack about 1 hour.

Let’s make the frosting:
In a mixer, cream butter until soft and fluffy then beat in the vanilla.  With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in powdered sugar small amounts at time.  Add in the melted white chocolate and beat on low speed. With the mixer on low, add in milk 1 tbsp at a time and beat at medium speed until the frosting has reached the consistency you like it.
You have a couple of choices: Frost the brownies in the pan.  Or you can cut the brownies and frost individually.  You can cut the brownies in squares or in shapes.