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Simply Delicious Chocolate Brownies from Scratch!
A yummy, moist, made from scratch brownie!
A mouthwatering recipe that will MAKE you celebrate the brownie!
Attention! This recipe is the absolute best homemade brownie you will ever put in your mouth! So celebrate the chocolate brownie by making a batch today!
By the way, December 8th is the "official" National Chocolate Brownie Day in the US! As if one needed an excuse to make brownies! August has been designated as "National Brownies at Brunch Month", so you have even more days to celebrate the brownie and have a cup of fresh Starbucks coffee (see my page where I review Starbucks K-cups).
Why do we love brownies? Because they are made with chocolate? Because there are so many great mixes that are easy to make? Who knows the real answer? Who really cares why we love this delectable treat?
Almost everyone I know has a favorite scratch recipe or mix that they swear by. Those same cooks also have a secret ingredient or trick that they use to make their "award-winning" chocolate brownie. (My secret for box brownies is to throw in a handful of chocolate chips!)
I found this fudgie brownie recipe in the August 2009 Southern Living Magazine. After I made the recipe that I am sharing with you below, I decided that I will no longer buy a mix--unless I must. Sometimes one just needs to use a mix when the your pantry is lacking proper scratch ingredients. However, I must say that it was extremely easy to make the scratch brownie recipe I am sharing.
And DO make some brownies on December 8th--National Brownie Day!
Also, go express your opinion about whether the brownie can be a "cookie". Keep on scrolling to voice your opinion. Then Tweet it!
(Brownie Image credits: Mickie_G)
My New Favorite Homemade Chocolate Brownie Recipe: - This "So Good" brownie recipe is from Southern Living Magazine August 2009
Sorry the picture is so "non-professional", but I must give all the credit for this gooey delightful brownie to SL magazine! That is why I took the picture!
Ingredients that you might need to make the Southern Living Brownies:
I also used unsalted butter. This you cannot get fresh from Amazon.
I also use Eggland's Best Eggs.
American Chocolate for the all-American Brownie recipe from Southern Living
Ohhh so moist brownie made from scratch!
Yes, this recipe came from Southern Living Magazine. I cannot take full credit for the ingredients, but I can share with you how easy it was to make this fudge like brownie. In the ingredients list, I share with you the brand names and/or type of product I used to make my own brownies.
See that dark, fudgey center in my image shown here? I promise you that this brownie will melt in your mouth.
The best way to cut warm brownies is with a cheap plastic knife--the kind you get with your "take-out" food! I kid you not.
- Prep time: 11 min
- Cook time: 1 hour 49 min
- Ready in: 2 hours
- Yields: 16
- 4 one ounce unsweetened chocolate baking squares (I prefer Ghiradelli)
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups granualted sugar (I use organic)
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar (light or dark)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (I use unbleached organic)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (pure)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides
- Spray the foil with a product like "Pam"
- Microwave chocolate and butter in a large micro-safe bowl or measuring cup at High 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth stirring at 30-second intervals. Impt! to do this step.
- Whisk in granulated and brown sugars
- Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition
- Whisk in flour, vanilla and salt. (NOTE: you might need to switch to a spoon when adding the flour)
- Pour mixture into prepared pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 44 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbles. Cool completely on a wire rack (sure!)
- Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles
- Gently remove foil and cut brownies into sixteen squares with a cheap plastic take-out knife
Definition Duel: Is a Brownie a "Bar Cookie" or not? - Get out your plastic knives for this brownie battle!
Could the brownie be considered a "bar cookie"? What about just a "cookie"?
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Can a brownie be called a "bar cookie"?
Images of my fudgey "scratch" brownie! - Click on the small images to make this "melt in your mouth" brownie larger!Click thumbnail to view full-size
TIP: Tool you might need to serve up this perfect chocolate brownie:
The most important tool you must have is a plastic knife! The kind of plastic knife that comes with "take-out" meals or that you can get at a fast food restaurant! Why? It is the best knife to cut brownies! No sticking. No crumbles. Honest. Works really well when the brownies are warm. So go ahead and enjoy those freshly made brownies--now!
You should have a square baking pan!
I find numerous uses for my square baking pan. However, this pan is perfect for making the scratch brownie recipe I have shared here with you. The best thing about the pan on Amazon is that it comes with a lid. Love lids that go with baking pans. Aluminum foil wrapped around a pan never really keeps cakes or brownies moist.