Our Favorite Brownies

9:09 AM

Brandon's favorite dessert is anything chocolate. I can with about 99% accuracy tell you what dessert he's going to pick no matter where we are. When we were first dating, our go-to were those add-water and microwave brownies with vanilla ice cream. We've certainly moved up in the world - from the dessert and where we make them (just thinking about that fraternity kitchen now makes me cringe).

In our quest for the perfect chocolate dessert/brownie, I turned to my favorite, Deb of Smitten Kitchen fame. When she deemed these HER favorite brownies, I knew we were on to something. These are now my go-to dessert to make. They're quick, easy, don't call for too many ingredients, and are so good. I have a double batch sitting beside me as I type for our work pot luck today. And they smell soooo good.

I thought today would be a good day to share these in case any of y'all were struggling with last minute ideas of what to bring or make for Thanksgiving dessert. Pumpkin pie will always be a staple, but everyone always needs a little bit of chocolate too. The only difference in homemade brownies verse the box variety is that you have to melt the butter and sugar together - after that, it's just mixing!

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 stick of unsalted butter, plus more more greasing the pan
1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup all purpose flour
Powdered sugar, topping (optional)
Parchment paper (optional)

Heat oven to 350°F
Line 8 x 8 cake pan with parchment paper and then butter pan and paper.
(if you don't have parchment paper on hand, just butter the pan extra well)
Chop chocolate and slice butter.
In a glass bowl, melt the butter and chocolate over simmering water, stirring constantly.
Once melted, whisk in sugar, and then eggs, one at a time.
Add salt and vanilla, then stir in the flour, a little bit at a time.
Once everything is mixed, scrape batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  
Wait for the brownies to cool and then cut with a *plastic knife and top with powdered sugar.

*Plastic knives are THE BEST for cutting brownies. Seriously, just do it.

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