Basic Brownies With 4 Variations

"From Woman's World mag 4/20/09."
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  • Basic Brownies:Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 9 inch square baking pan with foil; coat with cooking spray. In bowl, mix butter into cocoa until smooth. Stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, salt and baking powder until combined. Spread in pan. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove brownies from pan to rack; cool completely.
  • Ultra-Rich Frosting:On medium speed, beat 10 tablespoons butter (melted) and 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder until smooth. Gradually beat in 1 package (1 pound) confectioners sugar and 6 tablespoons milk until fluffy. Spread over brownies.
  • Mexican Sundaes: Dissolve 2 tablespoons instant coffe granules in 1 tablesppon hot water. Prepare Basic Brownies, adding coffee mixture and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Top with dulche de leche ice cream, whipped cream and jimmies. Makes 16.
  • Mint Truffle Cups: Line 42 mini muffin cups with mini cupcake liners. Prepare Basic Brownies; divide batter among cups. Unwrap 42 mint truffle kisses (from 10 ounce package). Press 1 kiss deep into center of each cupcake. Bake 10-12 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Transfer from pans to racks; cool. For frosting, on medium high, beat 10 tablespoons butter (at room temperature) until fluffy. Beat in 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, 1/8 teaspoon mint extract and 1 drop green food coloring until fluffy. Pipe or spread over brownies. Top with halved kisses. Makes 42.
  • Peanut Butter Brownies: Cut 25 mini peanut butter cups into quarters. Whisk 2 tablespoons milk into 2 tablespoons peanut butter until smooth. Prepare Basic Brownies, stirring in 1 cup quartered peanut butter cups; spread in pan. Drop peanut butter mixture by tablespoonfuls over batter; swirl with knife. When brownies are removed from oven, sprinkle with remaining quartered peanut butter cups; cool. Makes 32.
  • Triple-Chocolate Brownies: Prepare Basic Brownies, stirring in 1/2 cup mini M & Ms. For frosting, on medium high beat 1 cup butter (at room temperature) with 1 cup white chocolate chips (melted and cooled) until smooth. Beat in 2 cups confectioners' sugar and 3 tablespoons milk until fluffy. Spread over brownies. Sprinkle with mini M & Ms. Makes 32.

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  1. flower7
    YUM. These are tasty. I made the Mexican version but instead of dissolving the coffee in water, I just added it to the batter straight from the jar. I used half special dark cocoa and half regular cocoa. I did have to bake for longer, about 5 minutes. Thanks for sharing!
  2. KerfuffleUponWincle
    I created a moist, TASTY, hazelnut coffee variety! I made the basic brownies, added 2 tablespoons instant coffee dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water, substituted 1 1/2 teaspoons hazelnut extract for the vanilla, and added 1/2 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts. I baked in a 8x8 Pyrex dish at 325F for 22 minutes. Also made a HALF recipe of the Ultra-rich frosting, adding 1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water, 1 teaspoon hazelnut extract, and garnished with 1/4 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts. Tagged for The Variety Event 2014.
  3. AcadiaTwo
    I made the Mexican version and skipped the ice cream. It was tasty and based on one of the other reviews about the fact that they weren't as chewy as they liked, I under baked them. I also baked them in a larger pan so they weren't as thick. I thoroughly enjoyed them. Made for the Variety is the Spice of Life 2014.
  4. Baby Kato
    We really enjoyed these moist and tender cake like brownies. They were quick and easy to make, had a great rich and chocolatey flavor. I made the basic version for my picky dh and he loved them. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Made for Variety is the Spice of Life 2014.
  5. Becky in Wisconsin
    *** Made for Variety is the Spice of Life Event 2014 ***<br/>I have made 2 pans of these so far, and neither has lasted a day in my house. I have a friend that is staying with us, she is as much of a chocoholic as my DH is. That is why these keep disappearing around here. I have only done the basic brownies with the frosting. Out of the 2 pans, I have had one brownie. LOL. Thank you hungrykitten for this recipe.


  1. Lindas Recipes
    If you want a chewie brownie, use 2 eggs instead of 4.


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