Saturday, October 25, 2008


I caught the baking bug yesterday and tried out a new brownie recipe that I found on the back of a bag of flour. They turned out perfectly!! I thought I'd share, just in case anyone else is in the mood...

Oh, and I'd post a picture, if the pan weren't half-devoured already!! But that would be kind of embarrassing...

"The Best Fudge Brownies Ever"

1 cup butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups Dutch-process cocoa (I used plain Hershey's)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
2 cups chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 pan.

Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl, and then stir in the sugar. Re-heat the mixture just to hot--but not bubbling. I heated in 30-second increments, stirring after each run. (FYI, this process is designed to dissolve some of the sugar and give the top of your brownies a nice sheen...)

Transfer the butter mixture to a large-ish mixing bowl, and then add the cocoa, salt, baking powder and vanilla. Stir to combine, and then add the four eggs, beating well until the mixture is smooth. Add the flour and chocolate chips, beating again until well-combined. (Your mixture will be VERY thick, but I stuck with just a wire whisk... so much easier than dragging out the mixer! Also, add the chips and flour at the SAME time... chocolate chips coated in flour won't sink to the bottom of the pan as the mixture begins to heat.)

Put the batter in the 9x13 and bake for about 30 minutes. Mine took an additional couple of minutes before a cake tester came out clean in the center.

We ate these warm last night, but then I stashed them in the fridge because I've got a thing for cold brownies. Everyone loved the recipe--and they'll go a long way because they're so rich and dense. Yummy!!


Swampgirl said...

While you're in a chocolate mood try this cake recipe I found on a blog. It was by far the best thing I've ever baked. We are so high on sugar around here! Chocolate Turtle Cake It was on October 15th! As soon as the cake is gone I'm making your brownies!

Christina said...

ooohh... another great recipe to try!! you can't keep me away from the chocolate these days...

Miss V said...

I think I may have to try those brownies! Yum! I have this great recipe that's great on a warm day. My sister-in-law made it on the 4th of July and it was awesome! I also made it for friends of mine when their baby was born but I tweaked it to make it a little more healthier....sooo yummy!

Black Forest Dream Dessert

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup cold butter
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (I just used them straight out of the bag)
1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened (I used the low fat package, you could also use fat free)
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 carton (8oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
1 can (21oz) cherry pie filling
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used 2 boxes of instant chocolate pudding mix - much lower in fat!)
2 1/2 cups cold milk (I used skim milk)
2 packages (3.4oz each) instant vanilla pudding mix (don't use if you replace the chocolate chips with the chocolate pudding mix)
Chocolate curls, optional

In a bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in coconut and walnuts. Press into an ungreased 13in X 9in X 2in baking dish. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.

In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until smooth. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping. Spread over crust. Top with pie filling; cover and chill.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes or until soft-set. (chocolate OR vanilla mixes) Whisk a small amount of pudding into melted chocolate. Return all to the pudding, whisking constantly. Pur over cherry filling. Chill for 2 hours or until set. (If using chocolate pudding mixes, do everything stated above except omit chocolate chip and vanilla pudding parts and pour just the chocolate pudding over cherry filling)

Just before serving, spread remaining whipped topping over dessert. Garnish with chocolate curls if desired. Yield: 12 servings

Shannon said...

HI! I've been lurking around your blog for quite a while now, and now I just have to comment! Last night I was digging around looking for a good homemade brownie recipe to make that didn't require a trip to the store. I never did find one, so I went with the box mix. I'm so excited to try this recipe because I actually do have all the ingredients. YAY for me! But now that I'm on the comment side here, I'm seeing other wonderful and delicious sounding recipes that must be tried =) Thanks for sharing!!

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