Heavenly Brownies

By The Oracle

This is a nice, basic recipe.  All it takes a bowl, a pan, and a spoon to make delectable brownies.  As with all good basic recipes, a little tweaking and the results can be phenomenal.

1 Lindt chocolate 70% cocao bar (or any other good chocolate bar.  You can use the cheap stuff, but you’d be amazed how much the good stuff improves it.  You can find them in the candy aisle.)

3/4 cup butter
2 c sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup nuts  (pecans, walnuts, etc.) (optional)

Toppings:

Chocolate chips, coconut, marshmallows, Heath bits, etc.  Frankly, you can top this with whatever you want.  I do whatever takes my fancy.  I will say that if you are going to use anything that will scorch, i.e. marshmallows, you should make the brownies then top them and brown the toppings for an extra few minutes.  (I have a version of this where I make the basic brownie and then put chocolate chips, Heath bar, coconut and marshmallow.  I just bake it a few extra minutes with all the toppings on it.  It’s so good.) If the topping can take the heat, I just sprinkle them on the batter before baking.

Heat oven to 350 F.  Grease 13x9x2 inch baking pan.  In large microwave-safe bowl, place chocolate and butter.  Microwave at high 3 minutes or until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth when stirred.  Add sugar, stir with spoon until well blended.  Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.  Add flour and nuts.  Stir until blended.  (Do not overbeat.  You can kill brownies by over-stirring.) Spread into pan.  (See note above on toppings.)

Bake 30-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean.  Cool completely because it crumbles if it’s hot. Or have it hot and crumbly with ice cream.  The recipe makes about 24 brownies. (Yeah, who are we kidding.)

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