We were having some friends over Sunday to grill fajitas and watch football with us. They were bringing the fajita meat, guacamole, and rice. I was making the salsa, charro beans, and dessert. Their son's favorite dessert is brownies, and my girls love brownies, so I set out to find a simple yet delicious brownie recipe. I didn't have to look far as I already have several saved to try from Brown Eyed Baker. I chose to make the Triple-Chocolate Brownies, but adapted it slightly by using only two kinds of chocolate. The original recipe is from Baker's Illustrated cookbook.
7 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate, chopped
8 oz (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into quarters
3 T unsweetened cocoa powder
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Line it with 2 pieces of parchment paper, leaving an overhang on all sides. This will help you remove them from the pan before cutting into bars.
In a heat proof bowl, add the semi-sweet chocolate and butter. Microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Microwave in 15 second intervals until completely melted. Whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt until well combined. Slowly pour in the melted chocolate, whisking constantly. Sift in the flour and stir with a wooden spoon just until combined. Pour brownie mixture into prepared pan and tap on the counter to release any bubbles and level. Bake for 32-38 minutes, or until toothpick comes out with a small amount of sticky crumbs. Cool on a wire rack in the pan. Lift brownies out of the pan using the parchment paper, and cut into squares. Dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy!
I made these for our Super Bowl party too! I used a large round cookie cutter, then used a knife to make two football shaped brownies. I know that a football has 8 stitches, but I fit as many as possible. They still look cute!