Million Dollar Brownies

I originally got this recipe a few years ago from the Hershey’s website. The only thing I changed was adding the walnuts. I like brownies that are not so much cake like but thick and chewy and they must have walnuts. This truly is the best brownie recipe I have ever tried and let me tell you I have tried a lot.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup  cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch square baking pan. In a large mixing bowl add butter, sugar and vanilla, mix well. Add eggs; beat well with spoon. In a another large mixing bowl add flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to egg mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in nuts, if desired. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan, add walnuts on top.

2. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Prepare frosting; spread over brownies. Cut into squares. 

Yields: 16 brownies 

Brownie Frosting:
3 tablespoons butter , softened
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon light corn syrup or honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 C powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk

1. In a large mixing bowl add butter, cocoa, corn syrup and vanilla,  mix until blended. Add powdered sugar and milk; beat to spreading consistency. 

Yields: 1 cup

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