This is a perfect recipe for a beginner baker. If you can read, you can make delicious brownies. This is also a perfect recipe for anyone who wants to make a fantastic chocolatey dessert for their friends and family. It’s foolproof. This is just a perfect recipe. Not that long ago I mentioned I had received a recipe card with a wedding shower gift from a family friend. I actually grew up calling her Aunt Kimbo, although technically we are no relation. She is my real aunt’s sister, and we didn’t discriminate. I love that about my childhood. I also love that she took the time to write this down for a young bride-to-be. It is one of, if not the first dessert I made as a newlywed… and still make today.
1 cup Butter (2 sticks)
4 oz unsweetened Chocolate
2 cups Sugar
1 cup Flour
2 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Nuts
1 cup Chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°.
Grease a 13 x 9 inch pan, set aside. I love using a paper napkin (or paper towel) and a pat of butter for stuff like this. There are times when spraying a baking dish with non-stick spray makes more sense… to me, now is not one of those times.
Heat butter and chocolate squares until melted. Using all of your strength, try not to add cream and drink the mixture. (That’s really a note to myself).
Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Take a big whiff of that chocolate goodness. There are few things that smell this outstanding, and a good portion of life is making sure you enjoy those simple pleasures. Plus, smelling doesn’t actually add calories, so awesome.
If you have to lick your finger dipped in batter now would be the time, because we are about to add eggs and then it will be too late. Ok, add the eggs, one at a time, beating until blended.
Stir in the flour, followed by the vanilla and nuts. Now, everything inside of me wanted to add some chopped walnuts this time. (Because really you can add your nut of choice.) And I love balancing all that sugar with some protein and a little Omega 3… But my kids act like I am poisoning them if they see nuts. Ugh. The sacrifices we make for our kids!
Pour the gooey batter into the prepared baking dish.
Now spread this glossy goo in an even layer.
Ok, here is where it gets a little iffy. My organic chocolate chips (which do not expire for months) have started to get a little white coating. I have no problems with this as I know it is completely harmless and edible. I also know that once baked, you won’t see a thing. But if this bothers you… please turn your head away for the next picture(s)! But do note you are going to miss my cute little helpers.
Bake for 40 minutes. Let cool slightly, or completely before serving… with milk or coffee or hot cocoa…
- 1 cup (8 oz.) Butter
- 4 oz. Unsweetened Chocolate
- 2 cups Sugar
- 4 Eggs
- 1 cup Flour
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 1 Cup Nuts
- 1 cup Chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Grease a 13 x 9 inch baking dish, set aside.
- Heat butter and chocolate squares until melted.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in sugar.
- Add eggs, beating until blended.
- Stir in flour, vanilla and nuts.
- Pour into prepared baking dish.
- Top with chocolate chips.
- Bake for 40 minutes.