Ultimate Brownies

What makes these brownies ultimate? Two kinds of chocolate plus an optional fudgy drizzle, that's what. Chopped nuts take these treats over the top!

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Makes:
16 servings
Prep:
25 mins
Bake:
35 mins 350°F
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Ultimate Brownies

Ingredients
1/2
cup butter
1
cup sugar
2
eggs
1
teaspoon vanilla
1/4
teaspoon baking soda
 
stir-ins*
1
cup dark chocolate pieces
1/2
cup chopped nuts (optional)
1
recipe Chocolate Drizzle (optional)**

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coarsely chop unsweetened chocolate. In saucepan melt butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool.
  2. Line 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. Stir sugar into melted chocolate mixture until sugar is dissolved. Add eggs, one at a time, beating with wooden spoon just until combined. Stir in vanilla.
  3. In bowl stir together flour and baking soda. Add stir-ins. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture; stir just until combined. Stir in dark chocolate pieces and nuts. Spread batter in prepared pan.
  4. Bake 35 minutes or until edges are set and begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool in pan on wire rack. Spoon chocolate Drizzle across top. Cut into bars. Makes 16 brownies

From the Test Kitchen

*Sweet stir-ins:

Add 1/2 cup dried fruit soaked in sparkling wine for 30 minutes, drained, and chopped; or 3/4 cup candy-coated peanut butter pieces to batter.

*Spice stir-ins:

Add 1 tsp. ground cinnamon or ground ancho chili powder; 2 tsp. orange peel; or 1 Tbsp. expresso powder to flour mixture. Add 1 tsp. ground cinnamon or ground ancho chili powder; 2 tsp. orange peel; or 1 Tbsp. expresso powder to flour mixture.

**Chocolate Drizzle:

In bowl stir together 1/2 cup softened powder sugar, 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp. vanilla, and 1-1/2 tsp. milk. Stir in additional milk, 1 tsp. at a time, until icing is drizzling consistency.

Nutrition Facts

(Ultimate Brownies)
    Per serving:
  • 227 kcal cal.,
  • 13 g fat
  • (8 g sat. fat,
  • 43 mg chol.,
  • 71 mg sodium,
  • 28 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 3 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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