The classic, rich and delicious versatile brownie…stepped up a notch for a perfect simple dessert or snack when you just have to have something chocolate.
- 1 1/2 Sticks unsalted butter
- 4 Ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 Cup sugar
- 2 Large eggs
- 1/4 Tsp salt
- 1/4 Tsp pure vanilla extract
⇒ Never use imitation vanilla extract….shame on you for even thinking about it.
- 1/3 Cup flour
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8″ pan with foil, leaving a 2″ overhang. Spray with nonstick spray.
- Melt the butter and chocolate in a saucepan over medium heat stirring constantly. When melted and smooth, stir in the sugar, eggs, salt and vanilla extract.
- Whisk until smooth, then add the flour and whisk until thoroughly combined. Pour into the prepared pan.
- Bake 30 minutes, remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
Here comes the fun part…
- Cut the brownies into mini squares. Cut a shape, such as a heart, out of construction paper and place it in the middle of a brownie. Using a sifter, shake confectioners sugar over the entire top of the brownie. Carefully lift off the piece of construction paper and look at your beautifully decorated brownie bite. Do the same with the rest of the batch or create different shapes and letters. Or…
- Melt a package of Andes mints in a glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until melted. Then drizzle this delicious mint chocolate over the brownie bites. Let cool and set in the refrigerator. Or…
- Remove the brownies from the pan and using a 1 1/2″ round ring mold, cut the brownies into circles. Place them on a serving dish and pipe frosting over each.
⇒ Save the leftover brownie pieces to top your next bowl of vanilla ice cream.
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1/2 Stick butter, room temperature
- 8 Ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 4 Cups confectioners sugar
- 3 Tbls orange juice
- 1 Tbls orange zest
- Beat the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
- Add the confectioners sugar and continue to beat until thoroughly combined.
- Add the orange juice and zest. Mix to combine.
- Place the frosting in a piping bag with a star tip OR make a piping bag by using a zip-lock plastic bag. Fill the bag with frosting and then just cut the tip of a corner off.
- Pipe the frosting on each brownie bite and serve.
As always, I welcome your feedback and comments.