If you attended Guilford High School circa 1993, you may have been lucky enough to enjoy these brownies while watching a new episode of 90210 on a Thursday night, in the Tigelaar family room. They were served warm out of the oven or with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Delicious.
I was so excited when Liz's mom, Mary, shared her recipe with me a few years back. I couldn't believe it called for a box brownie mix! They taste like someone spent hours in the kitchen, running their Kitchen Aid while shaving chocolate and sifting cocoa.
I call them bake sale brownies because they are perfect for the many events throughout the school year that call for moms and dads to bring a refreshment of some sort. The recipe yields an enormous tray of these frosted little treats. There is nothing worse than telling your kids they are not allowed to touch the freshly baked whatever that has been smelling up the house all day because there won't be enough for their classmates at the Cocoa Social! Enough to bring to school AND share with your family at home. Perfect!
For the brownies:
2 boxes Betty Crocker fudge brownie mix (Not the pouch. Usually the box reads family recipe 9 X 13 pan..or something like that).
Eggs, canola oil and water as called for on the box.
Prepare the brownies as stated on the box. Spread batter onto a cookie sheet with sides (also called a jelly roll pan measuring about 24 X 16 inches.
Bake at recommended temperature for about 18-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
For the Frosting
1 stick of butter
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1 box confectioners sugar
1 t vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Melt butter in a large saucepan.
2. Mix in cocoa powder and stir in milk. Bring to boil.
3. Off heat, stir in sugar and vanilla (and nuts if using).
4. Pour over brownies while still warm.