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Ditch the Mix Iced Brownies

It’s almost Thanksgiving, but I figured some people might just want yummy, delicious brownies 🙂

These brownies are outstanding and do not use a box mix.  You may be skeptical – but try them.  You’ll never go back to a mix again.  I made these using Ghiradelli cocoa.  Normally having all the ingredients on hand is also a big bonus!  The Dark Chocolate Betty Crocker Brownie Mix ingredients contain: Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil (and hydrogenated = trans fats usually though anything less than .5 grams can be counted as “0” on the nutrition facts) and “artificial flavor” … whatever that means.

Note: you can halve this recipe just fine and fits great in a 9×9 pan.

Iced Brownies (aka Ditch the Mix)
yield 16 servings

1 cup melted butter
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs
1 cup AP flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp. baking powder

6 Tbs. butter, room temperature
6 Tbs. cocoa
2 Tbs. light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
3-5 Tbs. milk

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In large bowl, mix melted butter, sugar and vanilla.  Add the eggs one at a time.
2.  In a small bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa and baking powder.  Add dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined.  Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.   Bake 25-30 minutes and cool.

For Frosting:
1.  In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, cocoa, vanilla and  light corn syrup until smooth.
2.  Add powdered sugar a cup at a time until blended.  Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until the frosting reaches the consistency that you like.

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  1. Saw this on Money Saving Mom comment, thanks for at least the icing recipe! I haven’t made-from-scratch brownies ever but looking forward to trying. But to my husband, brownies are not brownies without frosting. 🙂

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