It’s September, and that means its time to share another tasty recipe with all of you! This month we dive in head first with decadent mocha brownies! In case you missed the announcement, I’ve joined up with my mom, Susan (aka, Heart) who will begin guest hosting here on my blog once a month, sharing recipes and stories that are full of our family’s heritage. You can read more about how this journey got started, HERE. This month, my mom is sharing the most tasty mocha brownies you’ve ever had! Promise, you’ll agree.
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A Kitchen with Heart: Decadent Mocha Brownies by: Susan Webster
Chocolate…awe, chocolate…who doesn’t love a little bite from time to time.
My childhood was spent in a loving, Christian home. My dad was a minister and my mother was a stay-at-home-mom. We often called my mother June Cleaver (of “Leave it to Beaver” fame) because she got up every morning, put on a lovely dress (often with pearls,) full make up, an apron when cooking…the whole-nine-yards. Do you have a visual? Yes, that’s Mother!!!
She was an excellent baker and made yummy goodies, but those delights were not for her. She could not eat them…any of them. Occasionally we would pull a cookie out of the cookie jar (yes, had that too) and we would find a cookie with a little bite out of it. We laughingly said, “oh, Mother’s been here.” That was it, that’s all she ever allowed herself to have. It wasn’t because she wanted to drop a few pounds; she had type 1 diabetes and sugar was poison to her body. She was a brittle diabetic who would make scrumptious desserts for her family but deny herself any with very little complaint. She was amazing!
Recently, I baked my favorite mocha brownies and wondered how my mother could be so self-disciplined. She prayed for God to take this disease from her, but it was not to be. It was something she would contend with until she went to heaven. But don’t we all have something that we think might keep us back from being the best we can be? Maybe it’s a difficult childhood, an unhappy marriage, an illness, or a host of other issues. My mother traveled the world with my dad as God’s Ambassador. She even had an unscheduled stay in a Chinese hospital! I’m sure it was extremely challenging, but she didn’t let life’s disappointments or struggles hold her back. She might even say she found strength because she had obstacles to overcome. She always said, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you strong!” We laughed about it, but isn’t it true? Indeed, she was very strong!
- 1 cup butter, melted
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon brewed coffee (room temp)
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- 3 tablespoons milk (whole or 2 %)
- 1 tablespoon brewed coffee (room temp)
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with foil and grease with butter. Set aside.
- Blend butter and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl using a wooden spoon, blend until smooth.
- Add the flour and sugar. Beat together then add eggs, vanilla and coffee. Mix until just combined...don’t over mix. (Batter will be thick.)
- Pour batter into prepared baking dish and spread out evenly. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove brownies from oven and let stand 15-20 minutes before icing. You want the brownies warm when you frost them!
- For Mocha Frosting: Beat together all the frosting ingredients until smooth. Pour and spread over the warm brownies. Let cool completely then lift from pan, cut and serve. Very rich and yummy!
Mother is in heaven now and can eat all the chocolate she desires. I’d like to think she would have loved a little bite of my mocha brownies as well.
The Apostle Paul, who was a mighty man of God, had his own physical limitations. He wrote in Romans 5:3-5, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
Also, in 1 John 4:4, “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”
As always, thank you for taking the time to read along, and today especially, while my mom guest hosted. If you liked her mocha brownies, I’m sure you’d love to try her 3 step simple Artisan Bread. You can get the recipe HERE. If you’re interested, please subscribe to the Joyfully Rooted newsletter to get my latests posts in your inbox. My hope is to inspire, tell a story, lend a helpful hand in your home and heart, and bring glory to God in all that I do.
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