Fudge Brownies

Another one that's often requested for birthdays and gatherings. Pretty easy to make and very yummy. :)

½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
½ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan.

Stir together butter, sugar and vanilla in bowl. Add eggs; beat well with spoon. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to egg mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in nuts, if desired. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.

Bake at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Creamy Brownie Frosting
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup or honey
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 Tbsp milk

Beat butter, cocoa, corn syrup and vanilla in small bowl until blended. Add powdered sugar and milk; beat to spreading consistency. About 1 cup frosting. Spread over cooled brownies.

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