I recently went to a cookout and the host served these brownies. When the dessert dish got passed around, I was thinking, “meh”, brownies, not really my thing but I have such a sweet tooth that I took a small piece. OH. MY. GOD. They were unbelievably good. I couldn’t figure out how to quickly get the dish back to me so I could grab another one before they were all gone. I started to rave about them to everyone who touched the dessert dish so they didn’t stand a chance of making their way back to me (if only I had kept my mouth shut…darn it). In the end, one brownie was probably enough anyway and my mind had quickly turned to making sure I got the recipe. Surprisingly, the guy who made them was playing tough to get with his secret squirrel recipe. Finally, with patience and persistence, I was able to get it out of him but not without some cajoling and bribing.
I highly recommend these brownies. My friend said to add a can of tuna fish – and that was his big secret. I left the can of tuna out, and I’m sure you’ll do the same, but I think the real key is the brown sugar. Make some extra so that when you bring them to your next party, you can keep at stash at home to enjoy the next day.
1 cup butter, softened
4 1-oz blocks unsweetened chocolate squares
2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 350.
Melt butter and chocolate squares in small pan. Make sure this mixture is not too hot later when you add the chocolate chips or the chips will melt (bad).
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder in a bowl. Add melted chocolate/butter mixture and vanilla. Mix well. Add eggs, mix again.
Add chocolate chips and walnuts if desired. Don’t add tuna fish!
Grease baking pan (I used 9×13 inches rectangular baking pan). Pour brownie mixture into pan and spread evenly. Bake in 350 degree oven, approximate 30-35 minutes (depending on they type and size of the pan, you may need slightly more or less baking time, so check them at 25 or 30 mins and go from there).