Friday, January 13, 2012

Avery's Birthday Brownies

A couple of days ago was my big sister Avery's 23rd birthday!  Growing up, our mom always let us choose between homemade brownies or white cake for our birthday.  I secretly was hoping Ave would want cake so that I could use my new cake pans that I got for Christmas, but she picked brownies so I happily obliged.  I topped them off with the same very easy homemade frosting that our mom always makes in Avery's choice of pink.

Brownies Recipe

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 3 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt shortening and chocolate together in a small bowl in the microwave.
  3. Beat together sugar, vanilla and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Blend in chocolate mixture.
  5. Mix in dry ingredients.
  6. Spread in greased 9x13 inch pan. (Use a smaller pan if you prefer your brownies thicker.)
  7. Bake for 25 minutes.

Frosting Recipe

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup softened butter or crisco
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • About 2 tablespoons milk (may need more)
  • Food coloring
  1. Combine powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk in a medium mixing bowl and beat together.
  2. Add food coloring as desired.

Recipe courtesy of Karen Spencer

Happy 23rd Birthday Big Sister!

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