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Farm Family Brownies



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1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/4 cup water, divided
3/4 cup butter, divided
2 1/4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla, divided
2 squares unsweetened chocolate squares (about 1 oz. each)
2 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup pecans, chopped


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    In a small saucepan, add cocoa, 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, just until butter melts and cocoa dissolves. Remove from heat.
  2. 2
    In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 1/4 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in cocoa mixture; mix until smooth. Mix in eggs, buttermilk and 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Pour batter into a lightly buttered 9"x13" baking pan. Bake at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and brownies pull away from side of pan. Do not overbake. Cool completely. Spread with chocolate nut frosting; cut into squares.
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    Chocolate Nut Frosting: In a large saucepan, melt chocolate and 1/4 cup butter over low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in confectioner’s sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla and 2 tbsp. hot water. Beat until smooth, adding more water if needed. Stir in pecans.

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