Thursday, October 20, 2011

My Favorite Brownies

These are heavenly...they are cake-y, but have a bit of that fudgy center that everyone loves.  Add whatever chips you want...even throw a few mini-marshmellows in for the perfect treat!

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Nestle Toll House baking cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 (10 ounce) package Nestle milk chocolate and caramel swirled morsels (if you cannot find these wonderful chips... use a combination of your favorite ones.  I like Butterscotch and White Chocolate!)
1 cup pecans, chopped, optional

1. PREHEAT oven to 350.  Grease 13 x 9 pan.

2. COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat sugar, butter and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts (if desired). (Note: this WILL be thick - this is not for the faint-of-heart mixer!)  Spread into prepared baking pan. Sprinkle remaining morsels and remaining nuts over top.

3. BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted 2 inches from outer edge comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.  In order to cut better, chill in refrigerator.

4. Suggested Serving:  Top with ice cream and drizzle with caramel sauce.  Or...have some fresh strawberries left over from Strawberry Shortcake?  Ice cream on top of warm brownies, with a healthy spoon of Sugared Strawberries...make sure there is extra sauce to soak up into the Brownie!

Servings: 20
Cooking Times
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

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