Brownies that melt in your mouth

Two things inspired this recipe. First, I just love brownies. Second, it was Mother's Day. I wanted to bake something special as my family went to our Grandparent's house for the day to honor the Mom's in our family. 

My family enjoyed these incredibly scrumptious Mississippi Mud Brownies. They are topped with melted marshmallows and an excellent creamy homemade chocolate frosting and we were pretty much in chocolate heaven. 

Mississippi Mud Brownies

Ingredients
         
For the brownies:
       
         1/3 C cocoa
         1/2 C oil (canola or vegetable)
         1/2 C butter, softened
         2 C granulated sugar
         4 large eggs
         2 tsp vanilla
         1 1/2 C flour
         1 tsp salt
         3 C mini marshmallows
         
For the frosting:
        
         1/2 C melted butter
         1/3 C unsweetened cocoa powder
         1/3 C evaporated milk
         1 tsp vanilla
         3 - 3 1/2 C powdered sugar

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13'' pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

1. In a large mixing bowl, pour oil over cocoa powder and stir. Add softened butter and mix until smooth. Add sugar and mix for 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing really well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix. Add flour and salt and stir to combine. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for twenty-five-thirty minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

2. Remove brownies from the oven and sprinkle the marshmallows evenly on top. Return to the oven for two - three minutes or until the marshmallows are puffed. Remove from oven and allow them to cool completely.

3. Once brownies are cool, make the frosting. For the frosting: Add melted butter, cocoa powdered, evaporated milk, vanilla, and two cups of powdered sugar to a mixing bowl and beat with electric beaters until smooth. Add more powdered sugar, a cup at a time, mixing well, until you reach your desired frosting consistency. I used approximately 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar.

4. Spread frosting over the cooled brownies and cut into squares. I've found a plastic knife works best to cut them, or if you make them 1 day in advance they are much easier to cut.


Tastes better from scratch
 

Published by Court's Cooking Blog