I tried these brownies for the first time at my ward RS Christmas party earlier this month. In less than two weeks I have since made them three times. True story. I fell head over heals in love with these brownies. It is a mild, milk chocolate flavor. And so convenient to make because I keep all the ingredients on hand. I'm sure you will score major brownie points at your next party/ get-together/ date night at home/ etc. :)
1/4 c. cocoa
2 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour
1 c. chopped nuts (optional)
Combine the melted butter with the cocoa then set aside to let it cool. Beat the eggs with an electric mixer until stiff and foamy. (I use the wire whisk attachment on my kitchenaid--it takes several minutes for the eggs to get thick enough.) Beat in sugar one cup at a time. Add the vanilla. Gradually add in the flour. Combine the melted butter/ cocoa with the batter. Once it is all combined, turn to high and beat for ~1 minute. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350* for about 22-25 minutes. It should be set and toothpick clean but do not overbake.
While it is cooking, make the frosting.
1/4 c. butter, melted
2 T. cocoa
1 t. vanilla
1/4 c. dry milk (can be omitted if desired)
2 c. powdered sugar
Combine the melted butter with the cocoa and vanilla. Stir in the dry milk then powdered sugar. Add enough milk until spreading consistency. It should be about the consistency of honey; maybe a little thinner. Pour frosting over warm brownies and spread. Add sprinkles/ nuts, if desired, immediately because the frosting will set quickly.