Kahlua Brownies with Browned Butter Icing

It’s probably not the best thing to be obsessed with – boozy baking.  But it’s probably not the worst.  I think there’s something satisfying about baking, which is why I do it so often.  Of course it’s dangerous to be around when I bake because I like to share the wealth with my friends.

So I found this recipe for Kahlua Brownies with Browned Butter Frosting on Pinterest the other day and I just had to try them.  Here’s the link to the original recipe: http://www.recipegirl.com/2007/06/09/kahlua-brownies-with-browned-butter-kahlua-icing/

I modified them slightly, because with small children around and making stuff like brownies with booze, you have to be certain that all the booze is baked off in the event you need to bribe one of them with a brownie!

At any rate, this recipe is dangerous, so I called on Nicole and Kim to help me consume.

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter.

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In a medium bowl, mix brown sugar, eggs, and kahlua.

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Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

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With an electric mixer, add the butter/chocolate mixture to the wet ingredients.  Then add in the dry ingredients.

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Pour into a prepared pan.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.  Let cool completely in the refrigerator.

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Meanwhile make the frosting.  Start by browning the butter in a pan.

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Then whisk together with the whipping cream and powdered sugar.  You can add a pinch of salt if you’d like.

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Pour over the cooled brownies and spread with an offset spatula.

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Refrigerate and cut into squares.

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Recipe:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup Kahlua (or another coffee liqueur)

Browned Butter Icing:
1/4 cup butter
1 Tablespoon whipping cream0
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar (more or less)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 9×9-inch pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.  In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  Place butter and chocolate chips in a double boiler over medium heat and stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and let cool.  In a large bowl with an electric mixer, mix sugar, eggs and 1/2 cup Kahlua. Pour in buttery chocolate mixture and beat until mixed well. Mix in dry ingredients until combined.  Pour brownie batter into prepared pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.  Remove brownies from oven and let brownies cool in the refrigerator.

Prepare Browned Butter Icing.  Place butter in saucepan and heat until lightly browned. Remove from heat and whipping cream. Whisk in powdered sugar until you have a thick, smooth icing that is still pourable. Pour on top of cooled brownies and spread to edges to cover completely. Refrigerate until set.

Slice and enjoy – if you can wait that long!

Caroline