The title here says it all... these are the best brownies you will ever eat!! They are moist, fudge-y and everything a brownie should be. I found the recipe on Saltbox House about a year ago and have made these bad boys at least once a month since then. Let me warn you though... they are not very healthy. But if you're like me and have little ones to chase after you have to indulge yourself every now and again. (Or every other week!)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
For the Frosting:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
3 cups powdered sugar
dash of salt (I usually use salted butter so I skip the salt)
Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix butter and cocoa together until smooth.
Add flour and sugar and mix until combined.
Add eggs and vanilla (and nuts if you're using them) and mix until just combined... don't over mix.
Pour into greased 9x13 baking pan. **The original recipe says to flour the pan also but the first two times I made these and floured the pan I just ended up with excess flour on the brownies so I skip this step now and they still come out easy**
The mix will be thick so you will probably need to use a spatula to evenly spread it inside the pan.
Bake for 20-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. **I always set my timer for 20 minutes at first and check it every 5 minutes after that. I live in Utah and it usually takes me anywhere between 28 and 34 minutes to completely bake**
Only wait about 10 minutes to frost brownies.
**I have skipped frosting them several times and they still taste amazing...just not as fudge-y**
Mix all ingredients and spread over brownies.
I'm sorry there aren't any individual pictures of the brownies... we ate them up in one night and I completely spaced taking a picture!