Mudslide Brownies

Mudslide Brownies Recipe
Photo: Oxmoor House
Yummy ingredients from the popular drink--chocolate, espresso, and whipping cream--make a splash in these decadent bars filled with chopped pecans and garnished wtih chocolate-covered espresso beans.

Yield:

3 dozen small or 1 dozen large

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 21 Minutes
Cook: 35 Minutes

Ingredients

6 (1-oz.) unsweetened chocolate baking squares
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
4 teaspoons espresso powder, divided (we tested with Café Bustello)
2 tablespoons plus 2 tsp. coffee liqueur, divided
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
2 tablespoons whipping cream or half-and-half
2 tablespoons vodka
2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Garnish: chocolate-covered espresso coffee beans, chopped

Preparation

Melt 4 chocolate baking squares and 1/2 cup butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and transfer to a large bowl. Add sugars; stir well. Stir in eggs, 2 teaspoon espresso powder, and 2 teaspoon coffee liqueur. Add flour and salt, stirring until blended. Stir in pecans.

Spread batter into a lightly greased aluminum foil-lined 13" x 9" pan (or see note). Bake at 325° for 20 to 25 minutes or until brownies appear set on top. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

Melt remaining 2 chocolate baking squares and 2 Tbsp. butter in heavy saucepan, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in remaining 2 tsp. espresso powder, whipping cream, vodka, and remaining 2 Tbsp. coffee liqueur. Add enough powdered sugar to make a good spreading consistency, beating at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread frosting over cooled brownies; garnish, if desired. Let stand until frosting is set. Use foil to lift uncut brownies out of the pan. Cut into bars to serve.

Note: For really thick, showy brownies, we baked these in an 11" x 7" pan at 325° for 26 to 28 minutes.

Note:

If you prefer not to add any alcohol to this dessert, you can use sweetened coffee Instead of the coffee liqueur and omit the vokda.