These brownies are GOOD. But they are SWEET. As in, after the first bite your brain may start buzzing, sweet. The brownies themselves are delicious, but the cappuccino frosting, while delicious as well, is insanely sugary. The original recipe called for a 16 ounce bag of powdered sugar. I’m still thinking that had to be a typo. There was no way I was going to dump an entire huge bag of powdered sugar into that frosting, so I backed the ounces down to 13. According to the feedback I got, (and my own taste buds) the frosting was still very, very sweet. So play with the amount of powdered sugar as you go, I think even 10 ounces would be plenty. If you don’t want to include the frosting, the brownies are quite delicious on their own, especially still warm out of the oven. I will be using them as one of my go-to brownie recipes in the future.
from: Southern Living
makes: 12-15 servings
4 (1 oz.) unsweetened baking chocolate squares
¾ cup (12 tablespoons) butter
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
Cappuccino Buttercream Frosting:
1 (1.16 oz.) envelope instant mocha cappuccino mix
¼ cup hot milk
½ cup butter, softened
powdered sugar- start with 8 or 9 ounces, taste, and add more as needed
chocolate shavings for garnish
For the brownies:
Microwave chocolate squares and butter 1 ½ minutes, stirring after 1 minute and then every 30 seconds until melted. Stir until smooth. Stir in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating with a spoon just until blended after each addition.
Stir in flour and vanilla. Stir in chocolate morsels. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack
For the frosting:
Dissolve cappuccino mix in the hot milk in a small bowl, stirring to combine, and cool completely. Pour milk mixture into a mixing bowl, add softened butter, and beat at medium speed with electric mixer until well combined. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth and fluffy.