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Chocolate craving. Resulted in brownies. Which I've never, ever been good at. Until now!!! These were awesome. They're fudgy (not cakey — I don't really like cakey brownies) and salty (the original recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon salt, but I added 1/2) and not too sweet. You can add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, but Larry doesn't, and neither did I. I ate them for dinner with a giant glass of cold milk while sitting under a giant duvet with all the windows open and the October evening blowing in. Oh yeah.

Crowd-Pleasing (Fudgy) Family Brownies
from Sara Bir in The Oregonian, modified by my friend Larry Payne

Makes 16 brownies

7 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cold eggs, straight from the refrigerator
1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Melt the butter in a high-sided saucepan over medium heat, keeping an eye on the pan so the butter does not burn. When the butter is quite hot (you may hear it sizzling or popping a bit), remove the pan from the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Stir once and set aside to finish melting while you prepare the pan.

Line an 8-inch square pan with foil or parchment paper, letting several inches hang over two opposite sides to create handles. Grease the pan and foil and set aside.

Now, stir the chocolate and butter mixture until it is smooth and the chocolate is completely melted. With a wooden spoon or with an electric mixer, beat in the sugar and salt, then beat in the eggs, one at a time. (Add the vanilla, if using.) Beat in the flour until the batter is smooth. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan comes out with moist crumbs, not raw batter, about 30 minutes. Cool on a rack or place in the freezer until browies are cool and set. Using the parchment or foil handles, lift the brownies out of the pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into squares and serve!


made these. BEST brownies I've ever made. all were finished in about twenty minutes.

And I will give up everything. No, this is not just about me, I don't know a plainer way to say it, babe! I love that you love the Avett Brothers. They've been my favorite band for the last 5 years. I can't get enough of them! (ps, Salvation Song is my favorite!)


Windows open, under quilts ! ! ! !
sounds great

Brownies for dinner! Naughty you. ;) haha I'm so jealous.

I just wanted you to know that I made these brownies last night for my Grams in the assisted living home and I think they are the very best brownies I've ever made. I love them, the extra salt is the ticket. I also did vanilla and semi sweet. Thanks for the recipe! :)

I want to be you when I grow up. :)

Yowza! Those looks amazing amazing amazing! I too enjoy a fudgy brownie as opposed to the cake-like brownies. And oh yeah, I'm pinning this one hardcore!

OH MY GOSH! I LOVE your powdered sugar shaker!!!!! Oh, and your brownies look amazing! :)

Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe !

Dear Alicia
I hope you don't think I am some kind of stalker or weirdo but I feel compelled to write to you.
I am in bed and reading your archives while I wait, six months, for my heel to heal after reconstructive surgery. I think you know the score. I am trying, with the help of the medical profession to keep my leg after complications, osteomyelitis, caused from having septic shock.
I am finding so much solace in your writing.
Two and a half years ago I was some type of mad woman, teaching, small business owner, mum and generally frenetic woman.
Now I have to accept I really can do nothing except elevate the foot!
I love your writing and photos and like you love craft although at the moment my obsession is crochet. I also did an MA I creative writing. That was whilst ruining around like a blue arsed fly before my illness.
I know you are super busy but I would love it if you would be able to write me just a line.
Best regards, from wet and rainy England:)
Ps my email is Candice, not Candive which sounds a bit rude but keeps popping up as I must have originally done a typo x

These looked so good I made them over the weekend. They were wonderful and oh so yummy!!!

hello, what a lovely place you have here, pleased to meet you! Heather

these look, um, Wonderful. And did you see your big shout-out on soulemama today? We should all be so lucky...scratch that ....deserving. ; )

enjoy the sampler rush that is soon to come.

Those look to die for. I just need to figure out who I can convince to make (and deliver) them for me.

Oooh. These look delicious! Mmmm. And your photos as well - all round scrumminess! It's gone midnight now across the pond and thoughts of non-cakey brownies are not helping my sleeplessness. All is forgiven though. Just about. ;)

Em x

Made the brownies this past weekend for a potluck & church coffee hour. Heavenly! Your friend is correct, vanilla is an absolute distraction in brownies. Who knew?

Thanks so much for sharing.

Ooo, you must have a sharp knife! My brownies don't cut that nicely. Our whole household hollers when the brownies turn out cakey.
I am thankful for this recipe and for the tips I read in the comments, too.

I'm going to pencil in brownies for dinner tonight.

Courtney LaFollette says: October 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM

They turned out great! Thanks for the recipe!

I made these brownies last night. Delicious, very rich! Great with cold whole milk.

I do love a good brownie and have to say most often use a mix....add an extra egg and a couple extra tablespoons of oil for fantabulous brownies.
Should you ever want to use a cake mix for something, using milk instead of water makes a BIG difference in the finished product. Trust me on this.
Now I want a brownie.Rats

Love your site, new to me. I have a cardi corgi as well, great dog. Must try the brownies.

I could eat a pan of brownies right now! I haven't visited much lately-always nice to come a visit you and see the coziness of some of what is going in your home.

I too suffer from bad brownies. But not after THIS recipe! I have made them twice, once with chocolate chips and less sugar because I did not have baking chocolate. Both times, AMAZING. Thank you! Xo.

I am holding you responsible for any weight I gain from eating brownies since this post has been up. Just sayin'.:)

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