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Classic Chocolate Brownies

Classic Chocolate Brownies

Aww, the chocolate brownie! Though we debate chewy or “cake-like”, nuts or not, most everyone likes them. Brownies are actually fairly easy to make and can be whipped up in a very short time making them a great “go to” for dessert. They can be dressed up, topped with ice cream and a warm dessert sauce, frosted or perfectly plain. Put the box mix away… Here’s our favorite brownie recipe. It’s chewy on the inside with a delicate crunch on the outside. Perfection!

Dressed up for company with our Peanut Butter Sauce and vanilla ice cream!

Chocolate Brownies

4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate

1 cup shortening

2 cups sugar

4 eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups flour

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup toasted chopped pecans

In a medium saucepan, melt the baking chocolate and the shortening over low heat, stirring frequently. As soon as both the chocolate and shortening have melted, remove from the heat and stir in the sugar. Cool the mixture slightly before adding the beaten eggs and vanilla, stir until well blended. Add the flour into the chocolate batter, stirring gently before adding the toasted pecans. (Always toast nuts before adding to your recipe. Spread them in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, then pop in a 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes.)

Melt chocolate and shortening over low heat, stirring frequently to prevent chocolate from scorching.
Gently stir the flour into the brownie batter.
Spread batter evenly into your baking pan.

Pour into a lightly greased 13” x 9” baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. If frosting, allow to cool completely.

Baking for 20 minutes will do it, do not over bake!


2 ounces unsweetened chocolate

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon butter

2 cups sifted powdered sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small saucepan, combine the chocolate, milk and butter over low heat, stirring until the butter and chocolate are melted. Remove from heat, then add the vanilla extract and the powdered sugar, blending until smooth. (Make certain you sift the powdered sugar to ensure a smooth frosting.) Spread evenly over the brownies. Allow to set slightly before cutting.

Pour up a glass of cold milk and enjoy!


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