Tuesday, January 31, 2012

best brownies ever.

I usually make a big dinner and bake dessert on Sundays.  When we got home from church {after I fed and changed Joel and put him down for his nap}, I put a round steak in the roaster oven and peeled potatoes.  Then I opened the pantry to pull out a brownie mix.  No brownies, just cake and muffin mixes.  I was bummed, but then thought, I'll just bake a cake.   But...Daniel told me to make my own.  Truth be told, I had never even thought of baking brownies that didn't come in a box {I know there are recipes & I've eaten my fair share of from scratch brownies, but it's just something that didn't really occur to me}.  I grabbed a cook book from my collection {gasp!  I didn't hop online}, and found a recipe right away.  The ingredients were simple and it looked easy enough, so...we got busy measuring and mixing.  45 minutes later we had a fresh pan of from scratch brownies that looked, smelled, and tasted way better than a mix.  I will probably never make brownies from a box again.   Kudos to Daniel for suggesting that I make my own {I think he was just kidding, not sure he actually knew there was any other way to make a brownie besides the box mix}.

Best Brownies Ever
12oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 c. butter
3/4 c/ sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. plus 2 T chopped walnuts {optional - I didn't use nuts}
I had to sample them right out of the oven...yum-o!
Combine one cup chocolate chips and butter in a small microwave- safe bowl.  Microwave on high for one minute. Stir until smooth; whisk in sugar and eggs. Stir in flour and salt until smooth.  Fold in vanilla and 1/2 cup walnuts. Transfer to a greased 8"x8" glass baking pan.  Bake at  350* for 23-25 minutes.  Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over top in an even thin layer; bake an additional two minutes.  Remove from oven and gently spread melted chips until smooth to form a frosting.  Top with remaining nuts.  Chill for 20 minutes until chocolate is firm; cut into squares.  Enjoy...we did! :)
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4 comments:

  1. Yum! I just told Jake that I was going to make blonde brownies for SuperBowl Sunday....maybe I'll try these instead :0)

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  2. They are really good...if you're having company, I would make a double batch & bake in a 9x13 pan :)

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  3. THey sound yummy! This is why I love making things from scratch...you usually always have the stuff on hand! :) and yea...I hear you...I've had my share of really bad from scratch brownies. I am going to pin to pinterest!

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  4. awe, thanks!! I haven't been on pinterest in a couple days...I don't dare venture over tonight or I'll never make it to bed! :)

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