Monster Brownies

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: About 16 brownies
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Ingredients

For the Brownies:

Cooking spray

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

2 sticks unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

1 1/4 cups light brown sugar

1 1/4 cups water

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the Frosting:

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature

3 cups confectioners' sugar

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup milk, plus more as needed

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Candy eyeballs and green and purple sprinkles, for decorating

Directions

  1. Make the brownies: Preheat the oven to 350˚. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides; coat with cooking spray. Stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring, until smooth; let cool slightly.
  2. Combine the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and water in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, until the butter is melted. Off the heat, whisk in the melted chocolate, then the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla. Whisk in the flour mixture until just combined. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool 10 minutes in the pan. Carefully remove from the pan using the foil overhang; transfer the brownies to the rack to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, make the frosting: Beat the butter in a large bowl with a mixer on high speed until light, about 1 minute. Add the confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, milk, vanilla and salt. Reduce the speed to low and beat until combined. Increase the speed to high and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, thinning with 1 to 2 tablespoons more milk if needed. Spread the frosting on the brownies. Cut into pieces, then decorate with candy eyeballs and sprinkles.