It doesn’t take much to win over my heart. I’m not a girl who swoons for jewels, or fancy shoes. It took Dan about 3 years of dating and X amount of necklaces and rings later to realize they were lost and not worn and a big waste of $$ in my book. The only bling I adore is earrings. Wish I had more. (
Insert hint to hubby) Back to the point. It is truly the simplest form of thoughtfulness that melts my heart. So if a friend or family member is down in the dumps, or they have helped us out in any way, I do what I know best…BAKE. Nothing says “cheer up” or “thanks” quite like a fat stack of cookies, or freshly frosted cupcakes. These brownies have been my ultimate brownie recipe all of last year. Had to whip them up once more yesterday and switch them up a bit, and I have to tell you they would make a perfect valentines treat for someone you love. I hope you make these… and give them (or a few) to somebody else. It’ll stick like glue and small gestures like this really let people know your thinking of them. And since I haven’t blogged in over a month, this recipe will be my gift to you. These moist, rich, and chewy brownies with a subtle crunch to the crust are delectable. Enjoy each bite!
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 11 oz Chocolate Chips (milk chocolate/semi-sweet/dark..pick your favorite)
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 1 tsp instant coffee granules
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 5 eggs @ room temperature (leave them out for about 10-15 minutes)
- 3 tsp vanilla
Pre heat oven to 350*. Cover a 13 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper. Have enough parchment to come up 2 of the sides (helpful in lifting the brownies out once cooled)
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and cocoa powder. Set aside.
In another small bowl, whisk together the white and brown sugar. Set aside.
In a microwave safe medium size bowl. Put the 2 sticks of butter, and chocolate chips in, and place in the microwave for 30 seconds. Take out and stir. Place it back in for an additional 30 seconds at a time until the chocolate chips are ALMOST melted. (takes about 3-4 times) Finish by stirring, letting the heat of the bowl melt the rest of the chocolate chips.
Next, add in the bowl of sugar(s). Mixing till combined. In a measuring cup, whisk together the 5 eggs and then add them to the chocolate mixture as well, folding until the eggs are one with the chocolate. Last but not least, FOLD in the flour mixture. Do not over mix, just stir until the chocolate has absorbed the flour/cocoa powder/salt.
Pour the brownie mix into your parchment lined baking dish. Bake at 350* for* 25-30minutes. (time updated on 2/3/15) or until an inserted toothpick comes out with few crumbs attached. They are done! Let them cool for 45 minutes. You can lift the brownies out of the pan with the parchment paper and set on a countertop, making it a lot easier to cut them! Enjoy them as is, cover them with frosting, or a scoop of ice cream. Store in an airtight container, or in back in the pan covered with foil.
Adapted from : THE BAKED BROWNIE via BrownEyedBaker