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Three-Layer Chocolate Brownies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling

Makes

1-1/2 dozen

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.

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 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons 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 vanilla extract

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched. Cool on wire rack.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Frost cooled brownies.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 246 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 209mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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