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    Santa's Favorite Brownies

    Source of Recipe

    Editors of Easy Home Cooking Magazine

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    1cup (6 ounces) milk chocolate chips
    1/2cup (1 stick) butter
    3/4cup granulated sugar
    1teaspoon vanilla
    1-1/4cups all-purpose flour
    3tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    1teaspoon baking powder
    1/2teaspoon salt
    1/2cup chopped walnuts
    Buttercream Frosting (recipe follows, optional)
    Small jelly beans, icing gels and colored sugar for decoration (optional)

    Preparation: 1.Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 9-inch square baking pan.
    2.Melt chocolate and butter with granulated sugar in medium saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Pour into large bowl.
    3.Add eggs and vanilla. Beat with electric mixer until well blended. Stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; blend well. Fold in walnuts. Spread in prepared pan.
    4.Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Place pan on wire rack; cool completely.
    5.Frost with Buttercream Frosting, if desired. Cut into squares. Decorate with jelly beans, icing gels and colored sugar, if desired. Store in airtight container.

    Buttercream Frosting
    Yield: Makes about 1-1/2 cups frostingIngredients: 3cups powdered sugar, sifted
    1/2cup (1 stick) butter, softened
    3to 4 tablespoons milk, divided
    1/2teaspoon vanilla

    Preparation: 1.Combine powdered sugar, butter, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat with electric mixer at low speed until blended. Beat at high speed until light and fluffy, adding more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, as needed for good spreading consistency.




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