Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Maggie's Best Ever Brownies (so far)

Brownies.  Ooey, gooey, decadent and delicious, who doesn't love a good brownie?  A brownie is a little bit of chocolate heaven.   

It's too bad that the definition of what makes a "good" brownie varies depending on who you ask.  For me, it's dense, chewy, rich and chocolaty.  If you resemble that remark, please make these.

I began with a recipe from my mom for Erva's Best Ever Brownies, and I'll be honest, I don't remember who Erva is, and her Best Ever Brownies (while delicious) are too cakey for my taste.  Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society are Maggie's Best Ever Brownies.

Best Ever Brownies

Printable Recipe

You'll need...
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
4 ounces dark chocolate, melted
3 tablespoons brewed coffee
1 tablespoon instant coffee
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Get Prepared...
Preheat the oven to 350º and lightly spray a 13x9 pan with nonstick spray.

Add butter and both sugars to a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of a mixer and cream together.  Once combined, add eggs and egg yolks, one at a time.  When this mixture is well combined, add the melted chocolate, brewed coffee, instant coffee, vanilla extract and salt.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder.  Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, making sure they are fully incorporated, but do not over mix.

Pour batter into prepared 13x9 pan and bake at 350º for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean. 

Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting. 

Look at those ribbons of chocolate.  You'll want this mixture to be fully combined and uniform throughout, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't stop to fully enjoy this moment!
Stack them artfully on a plate for unique photo opportunities.
Pour yourself a tall, cold glass of milk and eat one.  Then try not to eat one more.
Then get smart.  Pack up the rest and take them to work.  Don't you owe those people a birthday treat?  You definitely aren't responsible enough to keep this entire pan of brownies at home. 
Trust me.
Judging from the empty container I brought home from work today,
everyone at the office thought they were pretty good too.

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