Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nothing beats a brownie

Who doesn't crave an old fashioned brownie once in a while?
I am usually a cake or cookie girl, but sometimes I just want a brownie.
But, first, let me tell you a secret.
I love boxed brownies.
For some reason they taste soooo good to me. 
I might turn up my nose at store bought cookie dough- but not brownie mix.
The best kind- in the red box..
Dark chocolate fudge...
9x13 pan size.
And warm boxed brownies right from the oven with vanilla ice cream- swoon.
Total childhood throw back.
Between my dad and us three kids we could polish off a whole pan of brownies in one night.
My Dad did always have the biggest sweet tooth.  
There were no shortages of chocolate chip cookies and brownies in our house.

I have been trying to refine my brownie taste buds...
And trying to find a perfect brownie recipe.
One that is fudgey and dense....
And has the perfect crackle on top.

This recipe was shared with me by an IG friend.  
She loves to bake- I venture to say- even more than I do.
I wish we didn't live continents away- because I am dying to try her cinnamon rolls.
But, she did share her amazing brownie recipe with me...
And is allowing me to share it with you.  

These brownies are definitely fudgey and moist.  
And very rich.   Very Very rich.
I could only eat one. 
Next time- I plan on eating these right from the oven- with ice cream.  
In memory of my dad....
Give these lovelies a try and let me know if you like them.

Stay Warm- 

Selina's Brownies

1 cup butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (1 tsp if using unsalted butter)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350F.

Lightly grease a 9x13 pan.
In a medium sized microwave-safe bowl or in a saucepan, melt the butter on low heat, then add the sugar and stir to combine.
Return the mixture to the heat or microwave briefly, just until it's hot but not bubbling. It will become shiny looking as you stir it. 
Transfer the mix to a mixing bowl.
Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, and vanilla.
Add the eggs, beating till smooth; then add flour and chips. Beat until well combined.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake the brownies for 28-30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs clinging to it.
The brownies should feel set both around the edges and in the center.
Remove from the oven
Cool completely before cutting and serving.


  1. You know what? I love the fudgy 9x13 size box of brownies, too. (Don't tell!). :-)

  2. Marci, I would love to meet the brownie I could only eat one! These look yummy! The great thing about food is that it definitely helps create special memories. I love that brownies make you think of your dad. My maiden name is Brown and my dad was always called "Brownie" by his co-workers. So brownies make me think of him too!

  3. These look amazing! Glad you could share the recipe.

  4. These look amazing! Glad you could share the recipe.