Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom and sides of a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil.
Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Whisk in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition. Gently stir in flour and next 4 ingredients. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
Bake at 350° for 44 to 48 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 2 hours).
Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles; gently remove foil. Spread Small-Batch Cream Cheese Frosting on top of brownies, and cut into 16 squares. Garnish, if desired.
Line pan with foil by trimming two long foil pieces to a 9-inch width. Fit strips, crossing each other, in the pan.
This was my first time making homemade brownies and they were delicious. We made them for a Memorial Day party and everyone loved them and asked for the recipe. However, you do have to cook it longer than stated in the instructions. If not, then you will have the collapse as mentioned by a previous reviewer. The first time I cooked it longer and it turned out fine but the second time I did not and the center collapsed.
This is the kind of recipe that makes people think I'm a genius baker. I've taken it to work, potlucks etc and it just disappears. Sometimes I add some espresso ground coffee beans (a teaspoon or so) and I always sprinkle pomegranate seeds over the top - a tart and beautiful accent.
These brownies ROCK! My family and friends loved them. I was unable to find bittersweet chocolate so I used German Sweet chocolate and 1/4 cup of Nestlé cocoa. Yes, my brownies had a crusty top too but I trimmed the edges and spread the delicious frosting over them and all was well :) I will definitely make these again.
This recipe was so delicious! I made a batch today, using a different icing though. My only adjustment to this is that I used a 9x13 pan instead of a 9x9! the baking time and temperature was the same. So if anyone else has problems using a 9x9, just switch! It works perfectly!