You never know when and where a chocolate craving will strike but one thing I know is that when it hits, it’s hard to avoid or ignore. Having a well stocked pantry allows you to pull together some amazing brownies in no time. The ingredients needed for this recipe is as follows:
10 Tbs unsalted butter
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 Tbs instant espresso powder (optional but amazing)
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup AP flour
In a heat resistant bowl set over a pot of hot, simmering water, melt the butter, sugar, chocolate and salt together. Stir to combine. This can be done in the microwave as well, making sure to stir along the way to to burn the chocolate.
The mixture will look a bit gritty but don’t worry. Once the butter is all melted, remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Add 2 cold eggs one at a time mixing well after each. The mixture will be smooth and shiny now. Stir in the flour and combine well.
Prepare a 8x8 metal pan with parchment or foil by lining a piece across the bottom and up two sides to create handles to lift when cooked. Grease the remaining part of the pan with butter to avoid sticking.
Can add optional add ins such as 1/2 cup chopped nuts, 1/2 cup chocolate chips mini marshmallows as I did or pretzels for a more salty sweet combo. Be creative or do nothing, these will be delicious any way to make them. Pour into prepared pan and bake as indicated. Remove from oven and let cool before cutting. I have no patience for the cooling time, so to speed things up I place the pan into my freezer which not only cools them but firms them up for easier slicing. After 10 minutes remove pan from freezer and lift out of pan from the pan lined “ears” . These will be chewy, rich and decadent for sure! Chocolate craving solved.