Monday, September 20, 2010 they should be!

 Of course.

The minute I announce that I'm going to deliberately try to rid myself of a food baby, my husband decides that he needs dessert.

I wanted to say no, but who could resist those blue eyes?

Instead, I took this opportunity to dive into the trove of recipes I've been collecting from Tasty Kitchen and try something new.  This one comes from rainydaygal and intrigued me from the moment I saw its title - Brownies, As They Should Be.

This recipe has numerous rave reviews, and why shouldn't it?  It's incredibly easy, requires simple ingredients, and the batter tastes amazing (I admit...I cheated on my diet plan and licked the bowl).  The brownies have that absolutely perfect crust that I've never seen on anything but a boxed recipe.

What did Mr. Blue Eyes think?  He said that they were out-of-this-world excellent!  They aren't oily, like most boxed recipes are, and they are incredibly chocolaty.  He especially likes them served warm underneath a scoop of double chocolate cheesecake ice cream.

This is definitely a recipe that will be made in our kitchen in the future.  I hope you make it in yours!

Start by mixing together 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

In a saucepan, melt 2/3 cup of butter and stir in 1 1/2 cups sugar and 4 tablespoons of water.  Once it's all mixed together, remove it from the heat.

Stir in a 12 oz. package of chocolate chips and 2 teaspoons (or more!) of my opinion, these are magical ingredients.

Then, mix in 4 eggs, one at a time.

Whisk in the flour mixture.

 And now...for the really exciting part...

...drum roll, please...

...add some chopped walnuts (optional) and another package of chocolate chips!  I used white chocolate chips for some extra fun.  If your batter is still really hot, the chocolate chips may melt.  If you want to ensure that they stay as chunks, I suggest letting the batter sit and cool awhile before doing this step.

Pour this concoction into a greased 13x9 pan, making sure to leave plenty of batter in the bowl for licking.  That's very important. :-)

The recipe says to bake at 325 for 30-40 minutes, being careful not to over bake. I ended up baking mine for a good 45 minutes, and they were still a little underdone.  Every oven is different, so use your own judgment.  Just remember...a gooey brownie is better than a burnt brownie!

Let these cool for at least 2 hours before serving (if you can!).

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Brownies, As They Should Be
From Tasty Kitchen's rainydaygal
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup butter
4 T. water
2 packages (12 oz.) chocolate chips, divided
2 t. vanilla
4 eggs
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.  In a large saucepan, melt butter with sugar and water; remove from heat.  Add one package of chocolate chips and vanilla, stirring until chocolate chips have melted.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well in between each.  Stir in flour mixture and then fold in remaining chocolate chips and walnuts.  Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool for at least 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition: you've got to be kidding...

This recipe is linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday , Tasty Tuesday, and Tuesdays at the Table


  1. I am drooling on my computer!! Looks wonderful :)

  2. These look divine! You can't beat a good brownie!

  3. What a tasty-looking recipe and I love that it's all in one bowl.

    One question - I've never seen that brand of vanilla before. Is it a local one?

  4. No, Barb, it's actually from Mexico! I try to get it from our church kids who go on mission trips to Mexico. It's excellent and you get so much more for the price! (A note - if you do ever get vanilla from Mexico, make sure it's pure and that there are no added ingredients...a lot of it is diluted and not worth it!)

  5. Oh man, those brownies look amazing!

  6. Those look wonderful! It's definitely the chocolate chips and walnuts that make it for me!

  7. I am totally gonna make these and WHITE Chocolate is my favorite! THANKS for sharing!

  8. Your brownies looks perfect! I'm trying to cut down on sweets also, but I'm thinking one more treat wouldn't hurt..right? If I can find the dark chocolate, these brownies will be next on my list!


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