For example, growing up my husband used to get an orange in his stocking every Christmas.
My stocking, on the other hand, was loaded with chocolate.
So for the compromise, we now put a chocolate orange in our stockings. 🙂 Best of both worlds, right?!
I absolutely love those little chocolate oranges and look forward to them each Christmas season.
Last week I had to bring a dessert to a little dinner we had with friends and I decided to experiment with the chocolate and orange combo . . . these little brownies are seriously a match made in chocolate heaven! I dare say that they rank right up there with any chocolate and peanut butter combo!
So for all those chocolate orange lovers, you will definitely have to give these a try!
Chocolate Orange Brownies
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp orange extract
red and yellow food coloring (optional)
Chocolate Ganache Topping:
2 1/4 cups semi-sweet OR milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and cocoa. Once it’s completely mixed, add 4 eggs (one at a time, mixing after each one). Add flour, salt and vanilla and mix well. Spread on large (10x15x1 inch) greased cookie sheet (or jelly roll pan). Bake for 22-25 minutes and remove from oven once finished. Let cool for 30-60 minutes (stick in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes to speed up the cooling process).
For the orange frosting, mix butter, milk, powdered sugar and extract. If you want to add color, add your food coloring (I used about 10 drops of yellow and 3 drops of red to get my pale orange color). Frost brownies and then put in freezer for another 20 minutes.
Melt chocolate chips and butter in a double boiler (or in the microwave) and spread on top of the frosting layer. Freeze another 20 minutes to set.
Makes about 24 servings.
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