I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fudgy Brownies

These a thick, rich & fudgy.  You will only need a small piece to take care of your chocolate craving.

(makes 32)

Brownie Ingredients:
*8 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate
*1 cup butter
*1 teaspoon instant coffee
*5 large eggs
*3 cups white sugar
*1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
*1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*2 cups walnuts, chopped

Frosting Ingredients:
*1 1/4 cups white sugar
*1 cup half & half
*5 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate
*1/2 teaspoon instant coffee
*1/2 cup butter, softened
*1/8 teaspoon salt
*1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Brownie Directions:
~Preheat oven to 375 degrees (350 if using a glass pan).
~Spray cooking spray in a 9x13 inch baking pan.
~Put chocolate & butter in a microwave-safte bowl.
~Microwave on high until the chocolate & butter is melted, stirring every 30 seconds.
~Remove from microwave and stir in instant coffee.
~In a mixing bowl, place eggs, sugar, & vanilla.
~Beat on high for 2 minutes.
~Reduce speed of mixer to low, beat in chocolate mixture.
~Beat in flour & salt just until combined.
~Stir in chopped walnuts.
~Pour into prepared pan.
~Bake for 35-40 minutes.
~Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Frosting Directions:
~Combine sugar, salt half & half in a saucepan over medium heat.
~Stir until the sugar dissolves and the milk mixture begins to simmer.
~Reduce heat to low, and let the mixture simmer for 7 minutes, without stirring.
~Remove from heat.
~Stir in chocolate, instant coffee and butter, stirring to melt and mix throughly.
~Add 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
~Whisk until smooth.
~Place frosting in refrigerator and stir every 5 minutes, until frosting is chilled and thickens (about 30-40 minutes)
~Frost the brownies & cut into squares.

Helpful Hint:
`if you don't have unsweetend chocolate squares

-If you want thinner brownies, use a jelly roll pan and bake about 25 minutes (makes about 50).

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