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Peanut Butter Frosted Brownies

Jul 02, 2014 04:00PM ● By Cate Reynolds
How is it already 4th of July? The summer is flying by and some of us still aren't over the blinding snowy winter of this past year. It's important to relish this time, revel in the warmth and soak up as much sun as possible. Typical with any summer, 4th of July parties must be had. And a perfect way to celebrate the 4th - freedom, independent, patriotism, tradition, fun - is with outstanding food and drinks. When I was a kid, parties weren't complete without brownies. It didn't matter if it was a holiday party or just a friend over for lunch. Brownies were required. These days, brownies fancy it up a bit with a luscious peanut butter frosting.


For brownies:
4 eggs
1 ¼ cups cocoa
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 cup butter
2 ¼ cups sugar
1 ½ cups flour

For frosting:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup heavy cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9” x 13” pan with aluminum foil that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Crack eggs into a bowl and beat them together with cocoa, salt, baking powder and vanilla. In a separate bowl, melt the butter. Once melted, add in sugar and stir well. Mix the sugar into the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add in flour and stir well until no streaks remain. Pour the brownie batter into the pan and spread to cover. Bake for 25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting and slicing.

Prepare the frosting by combining peanut butter, powdered sugar and cream until well mixed. Once brownies are completely cool, spread the frosting onto the brownies in an even layer. Slice into squares.

Makes approximately 18 brownies.

--Kim Cooper--