Phil. You really should consider giving us a smidgen more of hope, at least once in a while. One thing is for sure. You do not lie (although I wouldn’t mind if you did). Winter is here to stay.
Yesterday we had snow. Lots and lots of snow. Snow day kind of snow, yippee!
Here is a little rundown of how my morning went…
Snow days remind me of being a kid.
Being a kid reminds me of going to grandma’s.
Being at grandma’s reminds me of grandma’s desserts (brownies being one of my favorites).
And thinking of grandma’s brownies reminds me of how awesome it is to bake on a snow day (adult snow days are equally as exciting…in case you were wondering).
So…I made grandma’s brownies. Perfect!
There is not an ounce of truth stretchin’ there. That thought process is exactly how we ended up with a big pile of delicious, chocolatey brownies cooling on my counter yesterday morning. And also how I ended up needing to shovel my sidewalks in the whipping wind…even though we own a snow blower (oink).
This brownie is not excessively fudgy, nor gooey or chewy like you get with your good ol’ box mix, which I too love. This brownie is rather cake-like…but better. WAY better.
Things these brownies are:
1. Full of chocolate.
2. Topped with chocolate.
3. Most spectacular.
Those are enough reasons for me.
Thank you, grandma! And thank you Phil…I think.
- 2/3 cup cocoa
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 3 cups confectionery sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup (plus or minus) water or milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray and line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper with longer sides overhanging (makes it easier to lift out the brownie).
- In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add eggs one at a time. Sift in cocoa and flour. Mix until well incorporated. Batter will be thick.
- Using a spatula, spread batter evenly throughout pan. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. After about 15 minutes, gently pull up on parchment paper to remove from pan and allow to continue cooling.
- While brownies cool, make frosting. Cream butter, vanilla, and salt. Add cocoa and confectionery sugar. Slowly add water (or milk), continually mixing. Add enough water (or milk) until you've reach desired consistency.
- Once brownies are completely cooled, frost and slice.