Friday, June 5, 2009

The Dankest Brownies Ever

I found this recipe while perusing the Treasury of Chocolate cookbook. (The pictures of chocolate deserts in this book are so mouthwatering and tempting that I think I gained five pounds just by looking.) I looked at this recipe and thought to myself, "Wow, I have all those ingredients on hand, I wonder how it tastes?" And that was it, I was sold. About an hour later, I had the yummiest, gooiest brownies I had ever had, and I had made them from scratch, and unbelievably they weren't hard to make at all. I have more trouble with cookies.

Here's a picture of the finished brownies.

Notice the piece missing, my brother got to the brownies before I got a picture of them.

I will warn you there is some baking (ok, it is baking) involved. This means I had to actually measure ingredients and mix them according to set directions.

You'll need:

1/2 cup of butter (1 stick) melted
1 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup Hershey's Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Flour
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt

Preheat the oven to 350 F

Start by melting the butter.

mmmm butter...

Throw your all your dry ingredients EXCEPT the sugar into a bowl. (That would be the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

Mix until combined and set aside.

I mixed dark and regular cocoa powder, but that's not necessary. If you like milk chocolate then stick with regular, if you like dark...ok you get it.

In a second large bowl, mix the sugar and the melted butter and vanilla. Once it's mixed, add the eggs.

Break the yolks...

And mix well...

Now here's the tricky part. Add a little bit of the dry ingredients to the egg/butter/sugar mixture. Mix well after each addition with a wooden spoon. As you add more and more of the dry, it gets harder and harder to stir.




Is anybody else's mouth watering yet?

At this point you might want to use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl in order to get it all mixed.

Once it is well combined, pour the ooey gooey batter into a greased 8x8 baking dish.

Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl, you don't want any of that yumminess to go to waste.

Bake at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes or until brownie begins to pull away from the edges of the dish.

These were so good, we couldn't wait to dig in.

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