Dee Dee's "Thank You" Brownies

★★★★★ 4 Reviews
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By Diane Atherton
from PINE MOUNTAIN, GA

I love finding ways of saying "thank you" for the good things people do vs always looking at or always noticing the bad. When I was in the work force, nothing made me happier than when a customer came walking through the door with some home cooked goodies. Always made my day! These brownies are quick & easy and a great way of saying "Thank You" not to mention they taste great too. I made these for our produce manager at our local grocery store. When he found out deer had destroyed our garden, he offered to pick up fresh vegetable for us at his cost. How nice is that! Hope your ejoy!

prep time 10 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients

  • 2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt
  • 1 c
    butter, soften
  • 1/2 c
    cocoa, unsweetened (or dark cocoa)
  • 1 to 2 tsp
    instant coffee powder, optional (will enhance the chocolate flavor)
  • 1 c
    sugar
  • 1 c
    light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 4 lg
    eggs
  • 3 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 c
    nuts, chopped (i used walnuts) or 1 cup chocolate chips
  • CHOCOLATE FROSTING
  • 1/4 c
    butter, soften
  • 1/4 c
    cocoa, unsweetened (or dark cocoa)
  • 1/4 c
    evaporated milk
  • 3 c
    powdered sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 c
    chocolate chips, melted
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How To Make

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
  • 2
    Measure flour; add salt and set aside.
  • 3
    In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, cocoa and instant coffee together, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  • 4
    Add both sugars to the cocoa/butter mixture. Mix well. This will be pretty thick, again scrap bowl as needed.
  • 5
    Add eggs alternately with flour; mix well. Scrap bowl as needed. Add vanilla. Stir in nuts.
  • 6
    Using spatula, spread evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Start checking before 30 minutes. Brownie should look dry on top, not wet. Done when cake tester or toothpick inserted in center of brownie come out clean. Remove from oven; cool completely before frosting.
  • 7
    CHOCOLATE FROSTING: Mix all ingredients together until creamy; spread evenly over brownie.

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