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Out-of-this-World Brownies

For company and every time there is a local bake sale, I bake a batch of these fabulous brownies. Most everyone who tastes them says, "Yum! These are the best brownies I have ever eaten!" My cooking background came from my mother. Just watching her helped educate me in the "ways of the kitchen".
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • BROWN BUTTER FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons half-and-half cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  • Spread into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool on wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a heavy saucepan, cook and stir butter over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Pour into a bowl; beat in the confectioners' sugar, cream and vanilla. Frost cooled brownies.
  • For glaze, in a microwave melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Drizzle over the frosting. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 209 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 97mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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