So, I've had million of great comments about my buttercream frosted brownies, so I thought it was high time to post the recipe! Here ya go!
Sinfully Rich Brownies
2 sticks butter, melted & slightly cooled
1 3/4C sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 large eggs
1C cocoa powder
1C chopped walnuts (optional - i did not use)
Heat oven to 350. Grease an 8x8 or 9x9 pan (crisco works best)
Beat sugar, vanilla and eggs on med/high speed for 5 minutes - a stand mixer helps here. They should be pale and very fluffy. With the mixer running, drizzle in the butter. Turn mixer to low, and add cocoa (carefully so you don't get a face-full!) Then, add flour and mix just until moistened. Use a spoon to stir in nuts, then pour into pan.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until edges pull away from sides of pan (center can be a tad gooey). Be careful not to overbake. Cool completely before cutting. (not even kidding, don't cut them warm!)
Wedding Cake Buttercream
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
3-5 C powdered sugar
mini chocolate chips, optional
Mix together all ingredients except sugar. Add sugar 1C at a time until your desired consistency/taste. Spread over totally cooled brownies - you should only need about 1/2 the frosting. Sprinkle top with mini chocolate chips, if desired.
For better presentation, i always cut my brownies before icing them. Then they pop out perfectly, but the top still looks great when it's time to serve.
Hope you all love them!!