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Three-Layer Chocolate Brownies

 Three-Layer Chocolate Brownies
I often serve these hearty, cake-like brownies with a fork for easier eating. The oatmeal crust, fudgy filling and chocolate frosting make them a hit wherever I take them.
18 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

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Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients; beat on low speed
  • until blended. Press into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at
  • 350° for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over low heat, melt butter and
  • chocolate. Remove from the heat; stir in the sugar, eggs, milk and
  • vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually stir
  • into the chocolate mixture until smooth. Pour over crust.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly
  • touched. Cool on wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, combine the frosting ingredients; beat until smooth.
  • Frost cooled brownies. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 246 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 209 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.