Classic Brownies Recipe

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My Classic Brownie Recipe is so easy, you may never make brownies from a box again! Ten easy ingredients, no mixer required, and no need for special chocolate — unsweetened cocoa powder is all you need!

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Ingredients for The Easiest Best Brownies Ever:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Classic Brownies Recipe
Is it frosting or icing? Many say it depends on when the topping is applied. Whatever your preference, you can use the same recipe for a fluffy frosting or a delicate icing. Sweet.

Ingredients for Icing/Frosting:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 – 3 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
chopped pecans (about 1/4 cup, optional)

Classic Brownies Recipe
NOTES: Makes a 9″x9″ pan of brownies. For best results, eggs should be at room temperature.

Directions:
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Melt butter over medium-low heat.

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Add melted butter to sugar and mix thoroughly.

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Add two eggs and mix until smooth. Then add baking powder, salt and cocoa powder. Mix thoroughly.

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Add flour to mixture and, again, combine thoroughly.

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Stir in vanilla.

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Preheat oven to 350(F). Prepare baking pan with non-stick foil or wax paper.

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Pour batter into pan and spread. Place baking pan and batter in the freezer for about ten minutes. Then, bake for 20-25 minutes at 350(F).

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See why I like this non-stick foil? It’s awesome!

WHILE THE BROWNIES ARE BAKING…
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Make the frosting (or icing… whatever you want to call it). Melt butter and stir in cocoa powder until smooth. Stir in two tablespoons milk or cream. Mixture should be creamy-smooth. Run whisk through powdered sugar to remove any large clumps or lumps. Add chocolate mixture to powdered sugar and mix well.

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Stir until mixture is smooth. Add vanilla and pinch of salt. Add another tablespoon of milk if needed for consistency. Frosting should be smooth and silky

TO DECORATE:
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You don’t have to do this, but I carefully cut the edges to square off the brownie.

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To prepare brownies with icing, spread the icing on the brownies while the brownies are still slightly warm. This will melt the topping, magically turning it into icing!

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Before the icing sets up, sprinkle pecan pieces (or any chopped nut or candy) on top. Allow to rest and cut into bite sized pieces.

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You can also use cookie cutters to cut the brownies into fun shapes.

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To prepare brownies with frosting, wait until the brownies have cooled to room temperature before frosting. Sprinkle with nuts or candies, if desired.

Classic Brownies Recipe

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