Sorry, that dropping trick did not work for me. I held the brownies two feet over my formica tabletop and let gravity do it's job. The brownies hit the table and bounced off, hit the floor and crumbled out of the pan. Most of the brownies were still left in the pan, and they were pretty good, but I agree with Sue and think there was too much cinnamon in the mix. I wish I had seen her review before I made the brownies. The hazelnuts add a nice touch. I will try these again, easy on the cinnamon, and give gravity a rest and just let them cool on the counter.
I made these today for my daughter and her friends, they enjoyed them. That dropping trick did work to make the brownies more dense, but it did not make these brownies more chewy, but had a tightly packed cake texture. The cinnamon taste is very strong in the brownies, and I had thought about going with less, but decided to go with you on the first try. The next time, I would drop to a teaspoon of that. And on the icing, there was way too much, I would go with about half; I have a tub in the icebox now (although my daughter promises to eat it! LOL). With the nuts, I didn't flake mine, but chopped them finely, and found that 1/2 cup was sufficent to cover a whole pan. Otherwise, the taste was good, and the kids will gobble these up in no time! Good luck in the contest!
First, this was not a good use of ingredients, second it was way too difficult. The cinnamon was way too heavy and the icing as well. We couldn't really eat more than one before we were sick of them.