4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
1 cup butter
4 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1-2 tablespoons milk
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup butter
1-1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
3 drops green food coloring
6 ounces chocolate chips
6 tablespoons butter
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Line a 9″-x-13″ pan with foil, making sure the foil extends over the edges by at least one inch. Lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
Chop both the unsweetened chocolate and the butter into chunks and place together in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until just melted and smooth. Set aside to cool, stirring occasionally.
With an electric mixer or stand mixer, beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla for 2 minutes. While the egg mixture is being beaten, measure out the flour and combine with the baking powder. While the mixer is running, slowly add the melted chocolate and beat to combine. Turn the beater speed to low and add in flour by spoonfuls. Mix just until combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-30 minutes or until a knife poked in center comes out clean.
Cool completely on a metal rack. When the brownies have cooled to room temperature, prepare the frosting. Combine all the frosting ingredients, starting with 1-1/2 tablespoons of milk, and beat until light and fluffy. Add more milk by the teaspoonful as needed. Spread frosting evenly over the brownies and then chill the brownies in the refrigerator.
While the brownies are chilling, prepare the chocolate glaze. Place chocolate chips and 6 tablespoons butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until just melted and smooth. Set aside to cool for about 15 minutes and then carefully spread on top of the frosting layer. Return the pan to the fridge to cool. When the chocolate has hardened, use the edges of the foil to remove the entire sheet of brownies from the pan. Cut into squares and serve.
Christmas Candy Cane Brownies:
Use a few drops of red food coloring in the frosting layer and sprinkle crushed peppermint candy canes on the top.