Japanese Setsubun Brownies

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Roasted Japanese Setsubun soybeans are the perfect compliment to rich chocolate brownies. The slightly salty and crunchy soybeans contrast the soft rich chocolate. Peanuts are a fine substitute as they are similar in texture to Setsubun soybeans.

  • 1 cup roasted Japanese Setsubun soybeans (or peanuts)
  • 4 ozs unsweetened chocolate
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1½ tsps. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350°

Line a 13 x 9 inch pan with parchment paper or tin foil. Coat with baking spray.
Set aside.

Crumble the Japanese Setsubun soybeans in a food processor. Set aside.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler or in the microwave at 30 second intervals. Pour the chocolate and butter into a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar.
Next, add the eggs and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour. Combine well.

Fill the prepared pan with the batter. Bake for 35 minutes. Cool and cut.

Optional: Frost with your favorite frosting and garnish with roasted Japanese Setsubun soybeans.