Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Are Brownies Cookies or Cake?

Don't know about you, but I have had some dry, dry brownies in my lifetime. I guess those would be called cookies, since according to the French cookies are just dry cakes. On the other hand, I have had brownies that resembled pudding. There was no other way to eat those without a spoon. I know that Memaw actually likes my cousin K's brownie recipe the best. Perhaps this following recipe was written before K published hers:

Best Fudgy Pecan Brownies (Memaw's)

1/2 cup butter or margarine (melted)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease 8 x8 x2 inch or 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan.
In large mixing bowl blend melted butter, sugar, and vanilla. Add eggs and using spoon beat well. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Blend into egg mixture. Stir in pecans.
Spread into prepared pan and bake 20 to 25 minutes.
Spread warm frosting over warm brownies. Cool and cut into 16 squares.

Chocolate Pecan Frosting (Memaw's)

1 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup chopped pecans

In a small mixing bowl, place sugar and set aside.
In small sauce pan, melt butter and stir in cocoa, blending until smooth. Add milk stirring constantly over low heat until slightly thickened. Pour hot mixture over confectioners sugar. Beat until smooth. Stir in vanilla and pecans.
Spread over warm brownies.

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