Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Orange Stick Brownies

This recipe was really fun. I started with my favorite brownie recipe and instead of having a mint layer of frosting, I made it orange with some orange extract. The result was amazing brownies, this is probably my favorite way to have these brownies yet! They were gobbled up immediately. Can't wait to make them again!

Orange Stick Brownies
adapted from Worldwide Ward Cookbook

Brownies

1 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour

Mix butter, cocoa and sugar. When combined, add eggs, one at a time, making sure to beat between each egg. Stir in the flour. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees fro 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely. I made these the night before I wanted them, just to make sure they had the chance to cool completely before frosting them.

Orange Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cups of powdered sugar (about 1 pound)
1 to 3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon orange extract
Red and orange food coloring (use directions on the package

Cream butter and powdered sugar. Add milk one tablespoon at a time, watching for a good spreadable consistency. At Cutler's we say you want it to be soft, yet your frosting knife should be held up if you put it in knife side down. Add orange extract,and the red and orange food coloring (I just used the directions on the package to get orange, but you can buy food coloring that will specifically make orange at places like Michael's and Orson Gygi.

Spread over the brownie layer. Allow to harden in the refrigerator until firm.

Chocolate Topping

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter


This is the very best part! Melt the chocolate and the butter in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir and put back in for 30 second increments, stirring each time until melted and combined. Pour over frosted brownies, covering completely. Refrigerate until topping is set and hardened. Let brownies sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting.

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