Fudge Brownies

Recipe #6 on the kingarthurflour.com Best Basic Recipes is Fudge Brownies. Now I already have my favorite brownie recipe that I have made a billion times (maybe exaggeration). So, I thought, ok I will make these but no brownies will make me change my favorite brownie recipe. The verdict is, I think this recipe ties with my recipe, I was happily and deliciously surprised!

Fudge Brownies

4 large eggs
1¼ cups unsweetened dark cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp espresso powder, optional
1 Tbl vanilla
1 cup butter, melted
2¼ cups sugar
1½ cups flour
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ pan. Crack the 4 eggs into a bowl, and beat them at medium speed with the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder (if using), and vanilla for about 1 minute, or until smooth. You can do this while you’re melting your butter (next step).

In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, or in a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Or simply combine the butter and sugar, and heat, stirring, until the butter is melted. Continue to heat (or microwave) briefly, just until the mixture is hot (about 110°F to 120°F), but not bubbling; it’ll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating the mixture to this point will dissolve more of the sugar, which will help produce a shiny top crust on your brownies.

Add the hot butter/sugar mixture to the egg/cocoa mixture, stirring until smooth. Add the flour and chips, stirring until smooth. Again, adding the chips helps produce a shiny top crust. Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 9″ x 13″ pan. Bake the brownies for 28 to 32 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. The brownies should feel set on the edges, and the center should look very moist, but not uncooked. Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack before cutting and serving.

Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies

 

Sensible Chocolate Cake

Happy National Chocolate Cake Day! If you didn’t know it, now you do, get out there and eat chocolate cake! Here’s my problem, I live in a small household now (less eaters), I have very little self-control, and I love to bake! It is a problem! Well, this cake recipe helps a little. If you make things smaller then there is less to eat, so very sensible. So, while you are out today looking for chocolate cake, go buy yourself two 6″ round cake pans and we’ll make smaller cakes together. It’s the sensible thing to do.

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Chocolate Cake
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350°. With electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar. Mix in egg and vanilla. Add flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, sour cream, and milk. Mix until all ingredients are whipped together. Divide batter evenly into two sprayed and floured 6″ round baking pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.

Nutella Buttercream Frosting
4 Tbl butter, softened
1/3 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 Tbl milk

With electric mixer, whip butter and Nutella. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and milk one tablespoon at a time to desired frosting consistency. Spread frosting on top of first cake layer, place second layer over frosting and frost sides and top of cake.

Peanut Butter Brownie Pie

Go ahead, make a chocolate & peanut butter lover smile! Inspired by and a variation of Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie on averiecooks.com.

Peanut Butter Brownie Pie

Peanut Butter Brownie Pie 2

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa
3/4 cup *Reese’s Mini Pieces, divided
22-24 **Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9″ pie plate.

In large microwave safe bowl, cook butter for 1½-2 minutes on 50% power just until melted. Stir in brown sugar and let sit for a couple minutes to cool a bit. Stir in peanut butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in flour and cocoa. Mix in 1/2 cup of the Reese’s Mini Pieces. Spread batter in prepared pan. Evenly distribute and gently press the remaining Mini Pieces and Peanut Butter Cups Minis into the batter. Bake 28-30 minutes. Cool. Serve with vanilla ice cream!

*Find Reese’s Mini Pieces in the baking isle with chocolate chips.
**Find Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis in the candy isle.

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Happy 4th of July!

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Giant Chocolate Cookies

One cookie should be enough…but they are really good, you may just need another!

Giant Chocolate Cookies

1¾ cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 Tbl corn starch
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup butter flavor shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
3 Tbl sour cream
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup white chips

Preheat oven to 325°. In medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, corn starch, baking soda, and salt. In large bowl, cream butter, shortening, sugar, and brown sugar with electric mixer. Add egg, vanilla, and sour cream; mix thoroughly. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in chips. Drop 1/4 cup scoops of dough onto silpat lined baking sheet, flatten to make 3″ diameter discs. Bake for 14-15 minutes. Cookies will be 4″ in diameter after baking. Makes 14 cookies.

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