Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

This post is all about frosting. Choose your favorite brownie recipe or make a box mix. This frosting will elevate any brownie!
This is the only chocolate frosting you will ever need, it's that good. It is yummy on brownies, cake, cupcakes and graham crackers too! And it is easy.

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting
1 cup semi sweet chocolate pieces that's about 6 ounces. I like Ghirardelli. If I can't find Ghirardelli chocolate chips I will chop up a semi-sweet baking bar. Please don't cheat and use milk chocolate or cheap chocolate--you can, it just won't be wonderful!
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sour cream
pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Melt chocolate and butter over low heat or in the micro--watch carefully as it scorches easily. In my old age I can't multi-task. So when I melt chocolate, I melt chocolate! Sad but true. Let mixture cool for a few minutes then add sour cream and salt. Gradually add powdered sugar and beat till smooth. It's delicious! Frosts a 9x13 pan of brownies or 24 cupcakes.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Peanut Butter Brownies

 My blog has about 38 recipes that contain peanut butter. I do like peanut butter. In cookies, brownies, candy and even sauces-- think peanut sauce. I have a Peanut Butter Swirl Brownie recipe that is excellent. Peanut Butter Bars are a family favorite. So why another peanut butter brownie recipe? Because I can! I would feel bad if I didn't share this recipe. I made it twice in a week--that is how good it is.
It is easy, like one bowl easy. These brownies are so perfectly delicious that they do not need frosting! Did I really just say that--I frost everything. They are the perfect combination between chewy and cakey. The peanut butter is subtlety delicious. My non-peanut butter loving mother thought they were excellent. They freeze well--and taste delicious right from the freezer. This could be a new family favorite. Best of all you probably have everything you need in your pantry to make them, tonight.

Peanut Butter Brownies
6 ounces butter softened (12 tablespoons)
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter, I use Skippy or Jiff or Western Family (whatever is on sale)
2 cups (15 ounces) granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup (2 ounces) cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups (8.75 ounces) flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
10 ounces chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli 60%  Bittersweet Chocolate)
Whip butter and peanut butter together until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add sugar, mix well. Add eggs and vanilla, mix until well combined. Stir in the cocoa, mix until the mixture is smooth and no dry streaks remain.
Add flour, salt and baking powder, stir once or twice. Add chocolate chips and gently mix just until combined. Batter will be thick.
Spread in a lightly greased 9x13 metal pan. I use a small offset spreader to get batter even. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake 25-28 minutes. When done a toothpick inserted near the center will come out with a few moist crumbs. Don't over cook. My brownies took closer to the 28 minute mark. Ovens vary. Use the toothpick test!
Cool completely and cut into squares. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
This recipe came from my go to food blog, Mel's Kitchen Cafe.
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