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blizzard brownies

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I am calling these blizzard brownies because we saw Valerie Bertinelli make these on her show on the day of the blizzard. Needless to say, I kindly asked my husband to please make us a batch. Not soon after, these ooey gooey brownies came out of the oven and into our mouths. These are hands down the best homemade brownies I have had from scratch. We tried to be good so we froze half of them. Well guess what is being thawed out as we speak? hmm… I wonder what I will be having for dessert tonight (and breakfast tomorrow morning)…

 

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A cup of mocha coffee with marshmallows

 

Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Ingredients
Brownies:
Cooking spray
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips

Icing:
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 tablespoon brewed coffee
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions
For the brownies: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line an 8-by-8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs two sides of the pan. Coat the parchment and sides of the pan with cooking spray.

Combine the butter and chocolate in the top of a double boiler and melt over medium heat. Set aside to cool slightly. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until pale yellow. Add the granulated sugar, espresso powder and vanilla extract to the eggs and whisk until fluffy. Whisk together the flour and salt in a small bowl.

Pour the chocolate mixture over the egg mixture and whisk until smooth. Fold in the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, spreading it to the edges with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake until the batter is set and cracked on top, 30 minutes. Remove to a rack and let cool. (yeh right) 

For the icing: Whisk together the buttermilk, coffee, confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder until smooth.

Remove the cooled brownies from the pan by using the parchment overhang to lift them out. Pour the icing over the top and spread with a small offset spatula. Let dry. Cut into squares and serve.

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