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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Snow Capped Cocoa Brownies

I was inspired by the recent snow blizzard of 2013 to come up with a fun winter themed dessert .  We had almost 3 feet of snow here on Long Island and were snowed in for a couple days which = plenty of time to bake and down time with my family :).  I had some extra boxes of Snow-Caps ~ little semisweet chocolate morsels covered in white non-pareils candies ( love these)  and thought these would be great as a  topping for rich cocoa brownies, and they were!  Enjoy these with hot cocoa or a glass of milk :)


1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter
 1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder (I used dutch processed)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup flour
1 3.1 oz Nestle Sno-Caps Semi-Sweet Chocolate Nonpareils
Line an 8 " baking pan with aluminum foil, letting the sides overhang.  Spray bottom and sides with baking spray.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa and salt in a med heatproof bowl and set it over a pot of barely simmering water.  Stir with a wooden spoon until butter is melted and the mixture is smooth.  Remove from heat and let cool to a warm temperature.  Stir in the vanilla, then
 add the eggs one at a time and stir with the spoon vigorously after each.  When well blended add the flour and stir until blended and smooth.  Pour into pan and spread evenly.  Bake for 12 minutes, then remove from oven and sprinkle Sno-Caps over.  Continue baking for another 10-15 mins until a toothpick comes out slightly moist with batter.  Let cool completely.  Then lifting by edges of aluminum foil, pull out of pan.  Cut into 16 squares.


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