Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Outrageous Fudgy 3-Layer Brownies

Last night was a much needed, great night.

Me and my girls had girls' night…Even though they are few and far between these days, we are always able to pick up right where we left off.
I am SO thankful to have girlfriends where we can just let loose and laugh.
We’ve been there for each other during the good times (engagements, weddings, babies, new jobs) and the bad (deaths, breakups, moving, teenage stuff), and it’s good to know no matter what you always can count on those friends to be right by your side when you need a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, or just a buddy to eat ice cream with and chat about life with.

Gifts like good friends are priceless.
So, yes. Yes, It was a wonderful, much needed, refreshing night out.

And these brownies are the closest things to a good friend I could make…the other day, I was having an ‘I need to bake something now and it has to be insanely sweet and rich’  kind of afternoon.
WOW; They fixed all my problems for that moment, and made me one happy girl.

The breakdown:
1-The bottom layer is this insanely rich, fudgy, brownie that has a whole bag of mini snickers folded in to it.

2-The second layer is peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough. (Am I amazing yet!?)

3-For the third layer I topped it all off with a really rich, dark, chocolaty butter cream.

 When I was done, I  licked the bowl clean and my eyes rolled in the back of my head.

Outrageous Fudgy 3-layer Brownies

Brownie Layer:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

2 Sticks butter
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
3 Large Eggs
1 1/2 Tbsp. Instant coffee powder
1 Tbsp. Vanilla extract
1 Cup + 2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 Cup + 2 Tbsp. Flour
1 1/2 Tsp. Baking powder
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1 whole bag mini Snickers, unwrapped

Line, (with either wax paper or tin foil so it comes up over the edges) grease and flour a 9x13" baking pan.
Melt together the butter, chocolate chips and cocoa powder on the stove top on low, stirring constantly til smooth.
Cool slightly then stir in eggs, coffee powder, vanilla and sugar.
Mix together flour, baking powder and salt, and add to chocolate mixture, careful not to over mix.
Fold in Snickers!
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes.
Do not over bake!
Allow to cool completely.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Layer:
3/4 Cup Butter
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Cups Smooth Peanut Butter
3 Tbsp. Milk
1 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 Cup Flour
1 1/2 Cups Chocolate chips. I recommend mini, but regular ones work just fine!

Cream Butter on high til smooth.
Add in Sugars and beat until smooth and fluffy. Stir Peanut Butter, milk and vanilla.
On low mix in flour and chocolate chips and mix very well.

Carefully spread cookie dough layer over COMPLETELY cooled brownies.
Freeze for 30 minutes while you make your frosting.

Deep, Dark, Rich Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Layer:
2 Sticks Softened butter (NOT Microwaved!)
3 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 Tsp. Salt
2 Tsp. Vanilla extract
4 Tbsp. Milk (More or less depending on how thick you want it, or whatever)

Cream butter for 2 minutes on high speed.
Add powdered sugar and cocoa, a little at a time on low, so it doesn't puff up all over your kitchen.
Once the butter has absorbed the cocoa and sugar, increase speed to medium and add in salt and vanilla, then add milk as needed...a little goes a long way!

Carefully spread frosting evenly all over cookie dough layer.

Freeze for 30 minutes - 1 hour before lifting out of pan and cutting into squares. 
I cut mine pretty small cause of all the layers and how rich they were...So I got a ton of squares!

Om nom nom.

1 comment:

  1. Oh...I so need to make these...and then eat ONE and give them away fast!!!