Mocha Brownies make great Valentine Treats !
Mocha brownies with pink icing sugar decoration set in red heart doilies ..it doesn't get any cuter than this ! Cute enough to be given as special treat to the hard working teachers at my daughter's school. I mean the get enough store bought chocolates . These home bakes brownies should convey a nice personal touch , don't you think ?
This recipe for the mocha brownies comes from the book "Cookie Classics" from Better Homes and Gardens . They are also referred to as bar cookies and along with the mocha flavor also carry a delightful hint of tangerine ! I have used colored sugar to decorate them and the heart doilies serve as the perfect prop considering they are being used as Valentine treats.
3/4 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup butter
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips work fine too)
1 tsp instant coffee crystals
1 tsp shredded orange or tangerine peel
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
powdered sugar to decorate
Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 8x8x2 baking pan.
Take a medium saucepan and melt the 2/3 cup butter at low flame.
Add in the 1/3 cup cocoa powder and coffee crystals and slowly stir them in . Remove from flame.
Add in the sugar and gently stir it in .
Next, comes the eggs (one at a time ) and vanilla extract. Beat them gently so that they just combine .
Add in the flour and fold it gently in the mixture.
Follow that with the chocolate chips and orange /tangerine peel . Gently fold them in as well.
Cool on a wire rack, cut into squares and enjoy !