Still waiting...and making heavenly brownies!

Seriously people, you HAVE to try this recipe.  It is ridiculous. On the cooking and baking blog "Not Without Salt", I stumbled upon Cocoa Brownies with Salted Peanut Butter Frosting and nearly died and went to heaven.  So, what better time than yesterday (yes, 40 weeks + 4 days preggo) to try it out in the kitchen.  THEY ARE DIVINE in an incredibly chocolatey-peanutbuttery way.  WOWzers!

Here is the link to her blog and the amazing recipe:

http://notwithoutsalt.com/2011/05/03/cocoa-brownie-with-salted-peanut-butter-frosting/#more-2530

 

Cocoa Brownies with Salted Peanut Butter Frosting:

Makes approx. 16 brownies *you have to cut them into small bites, they are RICH!

  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cold large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Prepare an 8 inch square pan - line the bottom and sides of the baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides. Spray the foil or parchment with pan spray.

Preheat your oven to 325.

Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a heat-proof bowl and place over a large pot of simmering water. The bottom of the bowl should rest in the pot but not touch the water.  Stir occasionally. When the butter is just about melted, remove the bowl and let the residual heat continue to melt the butter. Stir until smooth. Carefully touch the cocoa mixture. It should feel warm, not hot. If hot, wait until warm to add the eggs.

Once the cocoa mixture is warm you can stir in the eggs, one at a time. Wait until each egg is completely incorporated before you add the next. Stir in the vanilla. Once the mixture looks cohesive and shiny stir in the flour.

Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes up with a few moist crumbs. This will take about 25 minutes. Let cool completely.

Once cool, frost with peanut butter frosting.

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Peanut Butter Frosting:

6 Tablespoons (3/4 stick) softened butter

¾ cup peanut butter

1 cup powdered sugar

pinch of sea salt