Sometimes when there is too much to do ….house work, yard work, work work, people getting on your nerves….you just need to make a pan of brownies.
I invented this recipe and I share it here in the hope that some day when you feel the need you will give them a try.
2 sticks of butter (or 1 cup or 1/2 pound)
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of flour
1 cup of cocoa powder ( I use Hershey’s because it is good and not expensive but use what ever you like )
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon (you can skip this if you don’t like the chocolate cinnamon flavor)
4 eggs (I always buy Jumbo eggs so 4 works…if you buy large eggs use 5)
I tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 bars of Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate 4 ounces each, chopped (you can use 8 oz of chocolate chips)
8 ounces (half a bag) miniature marshmallows …early on I was going for a s’mores feel
2 cups chopped nuts ( I like walnuts or pecans)
about 4 graham crackers crushed …this also goes back to the early s’mores attempt
2 bars of Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate 4 ounces each, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1 Tablespoon corn syrup
I teaspoon Vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350
Line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with parchment paper (the parchment should extend up the sides of the pan and extend past the sides a few inches) generously butter the bottom of the pan and them sprinkle the crushed graham crackers in to cover the bottom of the pan. (use an aluminum pan with straight sides….brownies will not cook evenly in a glass pan and the edges will become crispy rather than chewy.
make the batter
Melt 2 sticks of butter in a large saucepan. (the batter is all made in the pot so use a large enough pot)
stir in the sugar…this will cool off the butter
add the eggs and vanilla and stir them in to combine…don’t use a mixer or they will be too airy
add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt baking powder, and flour…stir until just combined ( I use a rubber spatula for all the mixing)
fold in the chocolate pieces nuts and marshmallows. spread the batter (which will be very thick)into the pan and smooth it out
bake for 30 min (they wont look done but they are so take them out of the oven)
To make the frosting heat the cream in a pan until almost boiling, add the corn syrup and vanilla and then stir in the chopped chocolate….the hot cream will melt the chocolate…stir until smooth pout over the cooled brownies and then refrigerate them
Once they are cold use the parchment paper to lift them out of the pan and cut them into 24 squares
The Marshmallows disappear into the brownies while they bake …they mostly just add chewiness rather than flavor. This is a one pot recipe and takes only a few minutes to make but they are so good!
Now if you want them to be diet brownies here are a few tips.
1. the one you have to eat to see if they are any good before you share them is calorie free
2. the one you mess up while cutting them is calorie free so eat that one right away
3. they have no calories when eaten standing in the kitchen leaning over the sink to catch any crumbs
4. it you don’t cut them at all the entire pan is calorie free….the way this works is you leave them on the counter in the kitchen and place a knife next to them, every time you go near them pick up the knife and cut of a sliver from the edge, the sliver can be up to 1/4 inch wide and 13 inches long….it is so small that it doesn’t count….and before you know it the entire pan is gone and you have not eaten a single brownie!
In all seriousness they are very good and somehow stress relieving …the hardest part is letting them cool…they really are best after several hours in the refrigerator.
I hope you give them a try