Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Cookie Recipe #234 - Chocolate Cappuccino Brownies
Even if you don't take cream with your coffee, I think you will like this rich treat. It's definitely a "keeper" recipe for future bakings.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped (I used chocolate chips), 1 cup granulated sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals, 1 tablespoon whipping cream, 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, softened. Chocolate Frosting: 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, 1/3 cup whipping cream. Coffee beans (optional).
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8x8x2 inch baking pan; set aside. In a medium saucepan, melt the 1/2 cup butter and the unsweetened chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Stir in granulated sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating with a wooden spoon after each addition just until combined. Stir in vanilla.
In a small bowl, stir together flour and baking soda; add to chocolate mixture, stirring just until combined. Spread batter in prepared pan and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, for topping, dissolve coffee crystals in whipping cream. In a small mixing bowl beat together powdered sugar and the 2 tablespoons softened butter. Add whipping cream mixture and beat until creamy. If necessary, add a little additional whipping cream until mixture is of spreading consistency. Spread over the warm brownies. Chill about 1 hour in refrigerator or until topping is set.
Make frosting: In a small saucepan, combine the 1 cup chocolate chips and 1/3 cup whipping cream. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture begins to thicken. Carefully spread frosting over brownies. Chill until frosting is set. Cut into bars. If desired, top each brownie with a coffee bean (or chocolate-covered coffee bean).
Makes 16 squares of the 3 C's - chocolate, cream and coffee.
Cover and store in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
"Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies", Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, IA, 2003.