Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Mudslide Brownies

A bunch of my single friends swear they love to drink Mudslides, but that big bottle of pre-made stuff is not my cup of tea. Or mug of booze. It's made by the same folks who put out a pre-made margarita. Ayyy! Come on now, how hard is it to make a decent cocktail with real ingredients? Well, these Mudslide Brownies come pretty close to the flavor of a true Mudslide. Don't buy pre-made cocktails, what's the matter with you. Drink like an adult, not a frat boy! Oops, I'm starting to sound like Grandpa again! Be a gracious host, your guests are surely worth a little time and effort. I forget where I stole this brownie recipe, but I am eternally grateful, so wherever you are, muchas gracias! Please keep these brownies out of the reach of children.

makes 24

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup unsalted butter
4 ounces Bakers unsweetened chocolate or 4 squares, chopped
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons Kahlua liqueur, or your own homemade stuff
2 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Creme liqueur
1 tablespoon vodka, any brand, Stoli vanilla would be nice
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Glaze: 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar mixed with 3 tablespoons Kahlua
Optional: chocolate covered coffee beans, roughly chopped
and ice cream

Grease a 9x13 inch pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift flour, baking powder & salt onto a sheet of waxed paper. Melt the butter and chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat. Do not burninate. Set aside to cool slightly. In mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, beat both sugars and the eggs added in one at a time. Add in the sifted dry ingredients, then chocolate mixture, and all the booze. Mix just to combine, do not overix. Fold in the nuts by hand. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes. While baking, prepare glaze. Cool brownies in pan. Drizzle on the Kahlua glaze and sprinkle with the coffee beans, if desired. Cut into bars and serve with coffee ice cream, and drizzle additional Kahlua glaze on top. Do not serve to underage diners.

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