Monday, August 6, 2012

Easy Double Chocolate Chip Brownies


Is there a more perfect treat?  Chocolately.  Easy.  Quick.  Perfection!

I must have at least two dozen brownie recipes.  Some are basic, some are fancy.  This recipe will definitely fall in the basic category, but WOW, are they amazing!

They can be made in one pot, stirred with one spoon, and measured with one measuring cup and one measuring spoon.  Only four things get dirty in the making of these!  Okay, five, if you count the pan.

Teach your children to bake!  Teach your children to do the dishes!  Teach your children to serve others!

In other can have brownies any time you want.  Ha!  ;)

Easy Double Chocolate Chip Brownies
(from 100 Best Chocolate Recipes cookbook)

2 cups Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan.

Melt 1 cup chocolate chips and butter in a large heavy duty saucepan over low heat.  Stir until smooth.  Remove from heat.  Stir in eggs.  Stir in flour, sugar, vanilla, and baking soda.  Stir in remaining chocolate chips and nuts.  Spread in prepared baking pan.

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky.  Cool completely on wire rack.   Yield:  2 dozen brownies.

(Who are they kidding?!?!   Cool completely?!  Half the pan is gone around here before they're cooled completely!)

I doubled the recipe and baked in a 10 inch square pan, thus having thicker brownies.  These are totally customizable.  Instead of two cups of chocolate chips, use 1 cup of peanut butter or other flavored chip instead.  Or add a swirl of peanut butter before baking.  Or top with ice cream and hot fudge sauce!  The possibilities are endless!  Having a basic, simple recipe like this on hand is wonderful.

Oh!  Here's a tip for you.  Use a plastic knife to cut cooled brownies.  They won't tear!   Try it---it really works.


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