Prep 45 mins
Cook 30 mins
Adapted from a microwave cookbook recipe that my family loved, this recipe was a "Most Requested" item for years every Sunday at my church bake sale. (It shared top honors with the Lemon Meringue Pies I made). PREP time does NOT include brownie cooking/cooling time - Frosting is made after the batch is out of the oven & cooled. I made these the Saturday before the bake sale, but they freeze well, so they can be made ahead of time.
- 1 cup butter (for brownies)
- 1 tablespoon butter (for frosting)
- 3 1⁄2 cups cocoa
- 2 cups sugar
- 5 eggs (reserve 1 for frosting)
- 1 cup flour
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla (reserve 1/2 tsp for frosting)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups walnuts (or any nut you like-can be omitted)
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate or 2 unsweetened chocolate squares
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease (or line the bottom with parchment paper) a 9 x 13 x 2 baking pan.
- Over LOW heat, melt 2 sticks (1 cup) butter.
- While the butter is melting, IN A MEDIUM BOWL combine: cocoa, sugar, eggs (ONE at a time), flour, vanilla, & salt. Stir gently but thoroughly with a spoon.
- Add melted butter (step 3) into the medium bowl (step 4) contents. Stir in gently with a spoon.
- Add nuts and chocolate chips into the medium bowl (step 5) contents. Stir in gently with a spoon.
- Spread the batter evenly in a well-greased (or parchment paper lined) 9 x 13 x 2 baking pan.
- BAKE @ 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Test with a toothpick - inserted in the middle it should come out clean, nothing gooey sticking to it. COOL completely.
- When the brownies are cooled, MAKE THE FROSTING. In the top of a small DOUBLE BOILER combine chocolate squares and water. Place over simmering water and melt, stirring constantly, until the chocolate is melted and combined with the water. REMOVE FROM HEAT.
- To the melted chocolate/water combo (step 9) ADD 1 Tablespoon of butter and stir until the butter is melted. Cool slightly. Gradually add powdered sugar, vanilla and beaten egg.
- USE IMMEDIATELY! (frosts the top of 1 13 x 9 inch cake).
- Because these are SO decadent and were used for a church bake sale the pan was cut in 1 inch x 1 inch squares yielding 117 brownie bites ( @ 50 cents each = $58.50 for the church - not bad for an hour + of work.).