Fudgy brownies – they had to come eventually. These brownies now have a special place in my life. It was Friday night, I had picked the girls up from school – and I was just about to figure out what I was going to make for dinner. I still had work to do, so I kept procrastinating by going to the computer to just reply to one more email…when the phone rang.
I didn’t recognize the voice at all, nor did I recognize the phone number. It was a very good friend of mine from high school – it was probably almost 20 years since we last saw each other. She was such a big part of my life in high school, but then you go to college – and it is hard to keep in touch with everyone. She was one of the people I just lost touch with. I owe this all to Facebook – that’s where she found my number, because yes, we are friends. She was visiting the pacific northwest, and happened to mention it on Facebook – and another one of our friends reminded her that I lived here. She ended up coming over for dinner that night, and what a fabulous evening we had catching up…
Needless to say, I decided to forgo making dinner – and ordered a pizza instead – but I did make a batch of these brownies. The recipe was from Cooking Light - and I wasn’t expecting anything – but I have to say, they were pretty darn good. At 150 calories a piece, you cannot go wrong here. They were moist, dense, and very chocolatey. Facebook, these brownies are for you – for bringing old friends together!!
- 4.5 ounces all-purpose flour (1 cup)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter
- 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 large egg
- Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350°.
Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, cocoa, and salt in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk.
Place butter and chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at HIGH for 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds. Stir until smooth, and set aside. Cool slightly. Add 1 cup sugar, milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, egg yolks, and egg; stir with a whisk to combine. Add butter mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Pour batter into an 8-inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean.
Makes 16 squares.
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