Fast Fudgey Brownies with Fantastic Fudgey Frosting!

My youngest brother, David, just turned 15 this week!!  (I’m feeling SO old…I remember being that age!)  For his birthday, I told him I would make any type of dessert he wanted.  He decided on brownies, but got scared when I told him I was going to make them from scratch.  He is used to the box brownie mix – simple, easy, and tasty.  But I promised him if I made brownies from scratch, that they would be amazing!  So he agreed, and I got to baking.

I went straight to my Hershey’s Classic Recipes cookbook.  I have had incredible success with this cookbook in the past, making things like a Fudge Truffle Cheesecake and the Brownie Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Chips that I love so much.  I knew this would be the perfect spot to try out a new brownie recipe.  I made what I now call Fast Fudgey Brownies with Fantastic Fudgey Frosting!

Ingredients for Fast Fudgey Brownies:

  • 4 ounces Hershey’s Unsweetened Baking Chocolate (they are usually sold in bars in the baking aisle.  Note: This is NOT the same as regular Hershey’s chocolate bars that you find in the candy aisle.  Be sure to get the Unsweetened Baking Chocolate!!!!!)
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
Directions for Fast Fudgey Brownies:
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Grease a 13×9 pan
  • Melt your chocolate and butter together in a pan on the stove on low heat.  Stir while you are melting, until everything is smooth.
  • Pour your chocolate/butter mixture into a mixer.  Add in your sugar and mix well.
  • Next, add in your eggs and vanilla and mix again.
  • Finally, add in your flower and mix until well blended.
  • Spread mixture into your pan.
  • Bake in 350° for about 25-30 minutes.
  • Let cool completely and then cut into squares.

TIP: Cutting your brownies into squares and then icing them afterwards seems to lessen the mess when trying to get the brownies out of the pan!
Ingredients for Fantastic Fudgey Frosting:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 ounces Hershey’s Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Directions for Fantastic Fudgey Frosting:
  • Melt your chocolate and butter together in a pan on the stove on low heat.  Stir while you are melting, until everything is smooth.
  • Pour your chocolate/butter mixture into a mixer.
  • Add in the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and salt.
  • Beat on medium speed until well blended.
  • Depending on the consistency, you may want to refrigerate for about 10-15 minutes to let it set and thicken a bit.
  • Use a knife to spread on each of your brownie squares you already cut.
  • Sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar for decoration (I put mine into a thin wire mesh strainer, and then just tapped it a bit to let the powder fall through lightly)
Recipe Adapted From: Hershey’s Classic Recipes Cookbook

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

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