extra tasty tuesday! {simple brownies with chocolate frosting}

Can you say...Y-U-M-M-Y?!? As you can see...chocolate is always on my mind! Enjoy! Ingredients (for brownies):

1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans

1 (4 oz.) unsweetened chocolate baking bar, chopped

3/4 cup butter

2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

1 cup all-purpose flour

(for chocolate frosting):

1/2 cup butter

1/3 cup milk

6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

1 (16 oz) package powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant.

2. Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Whisk in sugar and eggs until well blended. Stir in flour. Spread batter into a greased 13x9 inch pan.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs.

4. Prepare Chocolate Frosting (as directed below). Pour over warm brownies; spread to edges. Sprinkle with pecans. Let cool 1 hour on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

Chocolate Frosting:

Cook first 3 ingredients over medium heat in a large saucepan, stirring constantly, 4 to 5 minutes or until butter melts. Remove from heat, and beat in powdered sugar and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.

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