Classic Brownies – and a KitchenAid Christmas Favorites Giveaway!

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Today is double awesome! I have teamed up with 19 other bloggers, hosted by Karyn of Dieter’s Downfall and Pint Sized Baker, and we are hosting a HUGE holiday favorites giveaway. There’s like a billion prizes to be one (ok, 20, including the grand prize) but that’s still kind of crazy, right?!

Let’s kick things off with some holiday brownies. A classic recipe. Nothing fancy, no layers, no stuffing, no hidden candy surprises. Just a classic down home brownie. Because sometimes that’s all you need.

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Classic Brownies

Classic Brownies


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 6 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbs unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teas vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teas baking powder
  • 1/2 teas salt
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 tbs milk
  • 2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teas vanilla


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8? baking dish with parchment paper and grease.

For the brownies, melt the shortening and butter in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the cocoa. Set aside to cool.

In the bowl of your mixer, beat the eggs until pale yellow. Add the sugar and mix well. Add the cooled chocolate mix and vanilla. Mix until combined, scraping down sides as needed.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Pour into the egg chocolate mixture in three batches, mixing to combine. Scrape down the sides as needed and stir nonce more. Fold in the pecans. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until a fork inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow to cool.

For the frosting, whisk the cocoa into the melted butter. Add the confectioners’ sugar in small batches and whisk to combine. Add the vanilla and add more confectioners’s sugar as needed. Spread over brownies and let set before cutting into squares and serving.

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Brownie Baking Essentials Giveaway!



Winner for the essential brownie kit will be chosen at random from the comments section! Mainly because I’m not sure if there was supposed to be a button for this part of the giveaway ;D

Not only are we all giving away our favorites, but check out this sweet mother of all grand prizes.  Enter the giveaway by visiting all the blogs listed and decoding the Secret Holiday Message!



My secret word is I’M… Record this word I’M and head on over to Hoopla Palooza for the next word in the scavenger hunt! When you visit all 19 blogs, you’ll have to put the words in order to decode the Secret Holiday Message and enter to WIN this KitchenAid Professional Mixer!


Giveaway entries run now through December 15th 2013. Make sure to hunt out all of the words in the scavenger hunt to enter to win as much as possible!
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  1. Katrina Sedillo says

    If were blessed to win this giveaway, the very first thing i’d like to make with my dream appliance would have to be homemade macaroon cookies. I’ve yet to attempt baking macaroons but now i feel inspired and how cool would that be to try something bew in a brand new appliance! thank you :)

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