Friday, April 2, 2010

The Paralegal Mentor's Awesome Almost-Famous Brownies

There's been a run on requests for this recipe so thought I'd share it this way with the whole world.
These brownies are so yummy they should be illegal! I've been making them for years ... they're the go-to recipe when I need to take a quick dessert. They're so easy and the ingredients are so simple that there's no need to use a store-bought brownie mix ever.
Enjoy...and let me know how you like them!

The Paralegal Mentor's Awesome Almost-Famous Brownies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9x13" pan. In a medium saucepan, over low heat, melt together:
2 sticks butter
4 1-oz squares unsweetened chocolate
When completely melted, turn off heat and allow to cool slightly. Then mix in the following in this order, mixing after each addition:

2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir in all at the same time:

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped nuts (totally optional; I always use pecans)
Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 25 minutes...no more! The brownies should be done at the end of that time. Do not over bake. If the brownies are pulling away from the sides of the pan and feel firm in the middle, they're done. You can also check by inserting a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out mostly clean, they're done. Again, do not over bake.

I hope you try these. They're truly delicious!