I received a gorgeous Todd English cookbook for the holidays from Matt’s Aunt. One of the first recipes I really wanted to try was this brownie recipe. When Matt had a few co-workers visiting and wanted to have them over for dinner I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try them out.
I halved the batch because I thought that would be enough for the size group we had coming and I didn’t want too many leftovers. I also added pecans instead of walnuts because that was what I had on hand. I love the texture from the nuts and chocolate chips but they are still super gooey as they are covered in a layer of marshmallows. The frosting is a bit too sweet for my taste and I added a little too much milk so it was softer than it probably should have been, but overall these are some super chocolaty brownies!
Recipe (Adapted from Cooking in Everyday English by Todd English )
For the Brownies
- ½ cup butter
- 0.5 oz semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup pecans roughly chopped (or another nut of your choosing)
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
Preheat the oven to 350F. Melt the butter and chocolate chips together in a microwave safe bowl, set aside to allow it to cool. Beat the eggs with a hand or stand mixer on medium speed. Once thickened, slowly beat in the sugar. On low speed, add in the flour, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla. Try to scrape down the sides as you go. Next add the butter and chocolate mix. Once the batter is combined, fold in the chocolate chips and pecans. Pour batter into a prepared 8x8 baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Sprinkle the marshmallows on top of the brownies and bake for an additional three minutes. Allow the brownies to cool.
For the frosting
- ¼ cup butter softened
- 8 oz powdered sugar
- 1.5 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 2-3 Tbsp milk
- ½ Tbsp vanilla
Beat the butter with a hand or stand mixer. Add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Add small amounts of milk as needed while mixing in the powdered sugar until you have the consistency you would like. Once the brownies are cooled spread a layer of frosting on top. Try to wait until the brownies have cooled completely before cutting into them.
As you can see from the pictures, I was excited and did not wait for them to cool completely, but they still taste great!