Frosted Chocolate BrowniesRich luscious chocolate  in every bite!

3/4 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted, divided
1/2 cup boiling water
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Buttercream Frosting ( recipe below)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking dish; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the cocoa and baking soda. Stir in 1/3 cup of the melted butter or margarine. Add the boiling water and stir until the mixture thickens. Add the sugar, eggs and remaining 1/3 cup of melted butter or margarine; stir until smooth.

3. Stir in the flour, vanilla and salt; blend thoroughly. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan; bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool completely in pan; frost with Buttercream Frosting. Cut into squares. Makes about 36 squares.

Buttercream Frosting

6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup baking cocoa
2-2/3 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream the softened butter in a small mixer bowl. Add the cocoa and confectioner’s sugar alternately with milk; beat until of spreading consistency, adding additional milk if needed. Blend in the vanilla extract. Spread over brownies.

Emily

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