Brownies for a cause

Brownies

This weekend I helped out The CAIR Project in my very favorite way: baking! The event I made these brownies for raised almost $5000 so I would say it was well worth my investment of flour, eggs and butter!

The brownie recipe itself is great on it’s own and is certainly my favorite – as an extra bonus it can be made in just one bowl.  For this event I decided to jazz it up a bit with different flavored glazes and by making it in mini-cupcake pans so that the final result would be cocktail party appropriate and easy to pass around.

Brownies:

adapted from the Baker’s One Bowl recipe

4 oz unsweetened chocolate
3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) butter
2 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. flour

– preheat oven to 350ºf

– Melt butter and chocolate in double boiler or microwave in a large microwave bowl on high for 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.

– Stir sugar into chocolate. Mix in eggs and vanilla until well blended. Stir in flour and nuts. Spread in greased 13 x 9 inch pan, or cupcake or in my case, mini-cupcake tins.

– Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. for a large pan, about 20 minutes for cupcake tins or about 13-15 minutes for mini-cupcake tins.   Cool in pan.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze:

Approximately 1/3 peanut butter, 2/3 chocolate of choice

-Melt chocolate

-Stir in Peanut butter

-Spread over brownies while still warm, you may need to freeze brownies to harden glaze.

Mint Glaze:

Mint Chocolate

-Melt chocolate and spread over chocolate.

Brownies pre-bake

Peanut Butter and Mint Brownies

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