These are the best brownies EVER. Make them all year round (just omit the crushed candy cane).
7 tablespoons cocoa
3/4 cup butter
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1 pkg. chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Melt butter in microwave. Stir in cocoa. Add sugar and eggs. Stir in flour.
Spread in a 13x9-inch pan. Sprinkle (liberally) with chocolate chips.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
Once cooled, add frosting as below:
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup cocoa
2 cups confectioners' (icing) sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp milk
Melt butter in microwave. Stir in chocolate and vanilla. Blend in sugar. Add milk until icing is spreading consistency.
Frost brownies. Sprinkle with crushed candy cane, as desired.
Lindsay Below writes young adult and middle grade fiction. Her young adult science-fiction novel, Lurkers is due for release from MuseItUp on July 1st, 2011, followed shortly by her middle grade novel, Same Old Lie. Visit her online at www.lbelow.net.