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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Favorite Brownie Recipe

These are the quintessential brownies. Nothing special or fancy, no gimmicks. Just pure, rich and fudgy flavor with the chewy texture and that papery-thin, crackled top that all great brownies have.

KATHARINE HEPBURN BROWNIES

2 squares unsweetened chocolate

1/4 pound sweet butter (1 stick)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 t. vanilla
1/4 cup flour
1/4 t. salt
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Melt chocolate and butter in a heavy saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir vigorously. Add flour, salt and nuts. Mix until incorporated.

Pour into buttered 8 x 8 pan. Bake in 325 degree preheated oven for 40 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting.
No need to frost these moist brownies, eat them plain or dust with powdered sugar
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I found an article that I thought was perfect for this time of year to go along with my favorite brownie recipe: 5 Creative Ways to Decorate Brownies for the Holidays

Decorate Brownies with Peppermint Frosting

This one is a must for any chocolate mint ice cream fans and is sure to become a holiday favorite. Just add some peppermint flavoring to your favorite buttercream recipe and top your brownies with a thick layer before freezing the treat for 1-2 hours. If you microwave these before serving, your guests can indulge in a tasty mint chocolate dessert.

Top Brownies with Cinnamon Sugar Streusel

Have some leftover streusel topping from the coffeecake you baked up this season? Use it to top off your basic brownie recipe and then finish with powdered sugar icing for a unique bakery-style treat. Cinnamon and chocolate are a great combination during winter, and this one's best served with a mug of steaming hot chocolate.

Decorate Brownies with 'Snow'

You can dress up any brownie recipe for the holidays by topping it off with frozen whipped topping and red and white chocolate morsels. These are a decadent treat that are sure to please every brownie enthusiast in the family.Pick up the official Nestle Toll House recipe for Snow-Topped Holiday SWIRLED brownies here.

Top Brownies with a Caramel Toffee Crunch

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to turn basic brownies into a gourmet treat, just melt Kraft caramels in a bowl and pour over your tray of brownies. Then break up pieces of Heath toffee bar or peanut brittle and sprinkle over the caramel for a festive holiday dessert!

Decorate Brownies with Pumpkin Frosting

Pumpkin cream cheese frosting is often used to decorate cakes over holiday season. Enjoy a chocolate-infused holiday treat by topping off your batch of brownies with a thick layer of sweet pumpkin and cream cheese frosting that's sure to brighten up anyone's day! Try this pumpkin cream cheese frosting recipe below from Country Living magazine to make your unique festive treat.

Ingrediants:
1 package(s) (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup(s) pumpkin purée
1/4 cup(s) (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon(s) fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon(s) grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract
4 cup(s) confectioners' sugar, sifted
Directions:
Blend the cream cheese, pumpkin purée, butter, orange juice, zest, and vanilla in a large bowl using an electric mixer set at medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and creamy -- about 5 more minutes.

9 comments:

Kathleen said...

Yummy! Ohhhhh, I'm eyeing the pumpkin cream cheese frosting... :-)

OneCowgirl said...

You are making me hungry with all these recipes!!

The W.O.W. factor said...

Wow! I’ve been craving something all day. Now I know what it is!
Off to make these!!
Thanks!

fernvalley01 said...

Yummy sounds terrific, hey you still have my mailing address, could you ship me some(LOL) Guess i could actually make them myself they sound great, and I was just thinking I am bored of my cooking lately so I have been searching for some new recipes

Heather said...

Yum! Thanks for the awesome recipes!! :)

Preppy Sue said...

Yum, thanks for the recipe and all the great ideas!

SkyBar Farm said...

Oh those look sooooo scrumptious. I will have to print them out for my son. He is the baker in the family.

HomeMadeOriginals said...

My Mom always made green frosting for her goodies during the holidays. Thanks for the ideas!

storybeader said...

wow - I've got to give this to my best cook - DH!

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