peet's mocha brownies

Am I really allowed to post 2 really delicious dishes right in a row?  Well, I'd hope each dish was delicious in a row but really- brownie on brownie.  Yes.  In my own personal opinion, I like these more.  The cake so moist, the frosting sooo mocha-y.  For the sake of the comments and people who had these last night, I needed to post these...and fast.

I first helped make them in SC, and knew I'd want to make them again.  I had all the ingredients in the house- something I love- and really it was just a matter of the chocolate I'd use.  It called for unsweetened but I wasn't sure how unsweetened mine was.  There was no label on the bar, and I just knew it was dark- never a problem.  I tasted a bit, and based on some sugar, I cut back the recipe on the amount of sugar.  I also only used 1/2 cup of peet's coffee in the frosting, and made the coffee exceptionally strong.  I think all the reviews went something along the lines of - really wonderful.  Good work Pioneer Woman yet again for such a great base recipe.  Below is my variation.

Recipe- adapted from PW

brownie ingredients:
 4 ish ounces semi-sweet chocolate bars (I say so because I eye-balled it- no scale in this house- travesty)
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
3 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

mocha icing ingredients:
2 sticks butter
5 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tsps. vanilla
1/2 cup very strong coffee- cooled to room temp

Preheat the oven to 325.  Melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave on 30 second increments or over a double boiler.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Cream the butter and sugar- beat in the eggs.  On low, mix in the chocolate by drizzling it on in.  Add the flour and mix just until incorporated.  Pour the batter into a square pan.  Spread even and bake for 40-45 minutes, until center is set.

For the icing, combine butter, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla.  Mix until mostly combined then add in 1/2 cup of coffee.  Don't freak out- it might look like you've ruined your icing but you have not!  Keep mixing and watch- thick frosting shall appear.  When the brownies have cooled a bit, add this on top. Place in the fridge and let them set.  You really need to try these- get going- move- make em.

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