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Chocolate Chip Brownie Torte

This recipe came to us from Ellen, one of Lori's office mates.  We served it the first time at our son-in-laws 30th birthday party and it was a big hit.  And don't worry, it's not as hard to make as the instructions might make it sound.

2/3 cup butter
1 - 12 ounce package Nestle semi-sweet MINI morsels (divided)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Chocolate Chip Frosting (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line jelly role pan (15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1) with waxed paper.  Grease the wax paper.  Heat butter and 1 cup of mini morsels in 3 quart saucepan over medium heat until chocolate is melted.  Stir remaining ingredients into melted chocolate.  Spread evenly in jelly roll pan.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.  Cool 10 minutes, invert on board, remove waxed paper and cool completely.

Cut cake crosswise into 4 equal parts (10 x 3 3/4).  Place one piece on serving plate. Add a layer of frosting then another piece of cake, then frosting and repeat until all pieces are placed.  Frost sides and top with remaining frosting.  Chill at least 1 hour before serving.  Refrigerate remaining torte.

Servings: 10 to 12

Chocolate Chip Cream Frosting

2 cup chilled whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp valilla extract
2/3 cup chocolate chips

Beat whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in a chilled bowl until stiff.  Stir in mini chocolate chips.