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The Best Brownies Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Karen Pingree
Added: Sunday, September 17, 2006

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
4 oz unsweetened chocolate (for a milder chocolate, substitute semi-sweet chocolate)
c butter
2 c sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 c flour
1 c chopped nuts, optional

Directions:
Directions:
Put chocolate and butter in glass bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Butter should be melted. Stir chocolate until smooth and completely melted. Add sugar and mix well. Add eggs and vanilla and mix again. Stir in flour and nuts until mixed thoroughly and spread into greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 30 - 35 minutes, but DO NOT overbake. Frost with Cocoa Butternut Frosting or Browned Butter Frosting.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Variations:
ButterCrunch Brownies
Omit nuts and add 1 c chocolate chips to batter. When done, sprinkle top of brownies with 1 c chocolate chips and 1 c toffee bits (ie: Heath Pieces). Cover pan with foil and allow to cool partially before serving. Do not frost.
Mint Brownies
Omit nuts and add 1 c chopped York Mint Patties or Andes Mints (for a milder flavor). Bake and frost.
Cream Cheese Brownies
Use 4 eggs instead of 3 eggs, and spread batter into pan, as above. Beat 8 oz cream cheese, 1/3 c sugar, 1 egg and 2 Tbsp flour together and spoon over brownie mixture. Swirl with knife to marbleize and bake and frost as above.

 

 

 

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