Simply Brownies

Sometimes you want a brownie that isn’t gooey – this is that brownie. It has a deep, rich chocolate flavor but is not overly sweet; more of a grown-ups brownie but the kids want seconds, too.

8 ounces unsweetened chocolate
12 Tbsp. ( 1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
4 large or extra large eggs
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
9 x 13 throw away aluminum pan from the grocery store (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x 13 pan (aluminum throw away kind does not allow the bottom of your brownies to burn). In a medium pan melt the butter and chocolate, set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.

Into a large bowl place the sugar, eggs & vanilla, and with an electric mixer beat on medium-high for 3 minutes, add the melted chocolate & butter and beat that in well, too. With a wooden spoon, mix in the flour, baking powder and chips. Spread in the pan and sprinkle the chopped nuts on top, gently pressing down to kinda have them stick into the chocolate. Or, you can can add them into the mix when you add the chips, I just prefer them on top of the brownies.

Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted near the center comes out with some moist crumbs. Place on a rack to cool completely then slice and serve.

Blondies

Simple. Perfect. Hands down the best blondies recipe. See for yourself.

1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup)
1 cup firmly packed (light or dark) brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3/4 – 1 cup chopped walnuts (preferable toasted)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. If you are going to toast the walnuts then place them in a small pan and place in your oven for 10 minutes while it is preheating. Remove from oven and set aside.

Meanwhile, lightly grease an 8 x 8 square pan (this keeps the foil in place) then place aluminum foil in it making sure foil is tucked into the corners well, all smoothed out and there’s about 2-inches of overhang.

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a small bowl, then set aside. Melt the butter in a medium pan remove from heat and stir the sugar in to melt it. Whisk the egg and vanilla in, then add the dry ingredients and mix only to incorporate, add the nuts and spread in the pan. Bake 30 minutes and remove to a rack to cool completely. Using the foil to lift, remove from pan, remove foil then cut into squares.

Taste of Heaven

If Heaven were made of chocolate, then you could eat this whenever you wanted. It’s so versatile that it will become your own Taste of Heaven. It’s easy and pleasing for company or outdoor eating.

1 box fudge brownie mix – baked & cooled (or make my brownies)
1 box any flavor prepared and cooled instant pudding mix (or make my microwave pudding)
1 container tub of Cool-Whip (or whip up a batch of fresh from heavy cream)
Heath bar bits, or any choice of toppings, sprinkles, mini-chips, peanuts, etc. you wish

Into a trifle dish or large decorative bowl (preferably clear glass for the visual) break up 1/3 of the brownies, plop on 1/3 of the pudding, plop on 1/3 of the Cool-Whip, then layer these 2 more times, ending with Cool-Whip. Sprinkle on topping choice, refrigerate for just about 10 minutes before you place in decorative serving dishes. Kick off your shoes and enjoy!