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Fudgy Patriotic Brownies

 Fudgy Patriotic Brownies
A rich chocolate frosting makes these brownies really tasty. I always come home with an empty pan when I take these to potlucks. —Julie Moyer, Union Grove, Wisconsin
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling


  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Red, white and blue decorating icing


  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate; stir until
  • smooth. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring
  • well after each addition. Combine flour and salt; stir into
  • chocolate mixture until combined. Stir in pecans.
  • Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 325°
  • for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center
  • comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

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Fudgy Patriotic Brownies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • For frosting, in a small heavy saucepan, melt butter and chocolate
  • over low heat; stir until smooth. Remove from the heat. Stir in the
  • confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla until blended.
  • Frost brownies; score into 24 bars. Using a small star-shaped cookie
  • cutter, lightly press a star outline in the center of each brownie.
  • Outline stars with red, white and blue icing. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 292 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 158 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.