Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Cookie Countdown - Brownie Variations

We've made a lot of cookie platters over the years, and brownies are always a hit. They're also super easy to make and you can make quite a few in a short time. They even look pretty just by themselves. However, in order to make them just a bit more festive, sometimes we do take the time to decorate them. Here are some ideas - most of which we've tried - courtesy of a google search.
1 - Top with regular white frosting and sprinkle crushed candy canes on top
2 - Cut brownies into triangles and decorate to look like a tree
3 - Be sure to add chopped pecans to the brownie batter, then drizzle with caramel and more pecans
4 - Top brownies with a mint layer and then chocolate - Six Sisters has the recipe I remember my mom using
5 - Cut brownies into rectangles and decorate to look like a tree

If you need a recipe for the actual brownie layer, here's our favorite. We also finally created a single batch version of the mix Steven likes:

Brownies

3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine dry ingredients then cut shortening in. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. It will be stiff. Pour (or plop) into a greased 8x8" pan and bake for 18-20 minutes in a 350° oven.

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