Friday, August 9, 2013

{Recipe} Lemonade Brownies with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

When Thrive Life launched it's new seasonal Classic Lemonade I was super excited. I am a big lemonade fan! It is delicious as a drink! We had it as a refreshment at our Adoption Celebration party last week and it was a big hit! I've also been wanting to try it out in baked goods. Since the powder isn't sweetened it gives you a lot of options! A friend shared the link to a Lemonade Brownie recipe and I knew I wanted to give it a try. This blogger recommended using 1/3 cup Lemonade Powder. So I made it that way... with 1/3 cup of Thrive Lemonade. Oh. My. Goodness... holy tartness! Remember, that ours isn't sweetened - yeah, BIG difference! So I worked it out again and even came up with a Lemon Buttercream Frosting for it because I am not a huge fan of glazes.  I am very happy to report that the finished product was very, very delicious! I was able to use many Thrive ingredients and in fact you could make the brownies completely from food storage ingredients - including the butter and eggs. I tried it and could not tell a big difference from the "fresh" ingredient recipe.

The blogger who the original recipe belongs to, Cookies and Cups, has many recipes over on her site that I cannot wait to try. Be sure to check her out too!

Lemonade Brownies
Original Recipe by Cookies and Cups found here.

This is my Thrive version of her recipe (with full food storage instructions if you want to try out the Butter Powder and Whole Egg Powder)

To make Lemonade Brownies:
**Preheat Oven to 350 F
1. Cream together butter, sugar and lemonade powder for 1-2 minutes until mixed well and a little fluffy.
2. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until well blended.
3. On low mix in flour and baking powder. Once your batter is completely mixed pour into your greased 8x8 pan or cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 F until edges start to brown and middle is set. Do not overbake.
**Now here is my word of caution when you use butter powder. It will not brown - or cause your baked item to brown - like fresh butter will. You need to be very cautious not to overbake. Your brownies will look more pale than you'd expect - your putting frosting on them anyway though. :)
For Lemon Buttercream Frosting:
(Warning: You will have more frosting than you need but cutting this recipe in half won't give you quite enough...)
Allow the brownies to completely cool before you add your frosting. In place of this yummy frosting you could do a glaze and save yourself the calories from the butter. Check the original recipe over on Cookies and Cups for a good glaze recipe that still incorporates Lemonade prepared!

Thrive Lemonade is a seasonal item and probably will only be available for another 6 weeks. I'm hoping they keep it around full time (because it's amazing). Grab some quick!
Now enjoy!

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