Fudgy Brownies

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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5 thoughts on “Fudgy Brownies

  1. They look perfect, and since I’m always trying new brownie recipes, it’s getting bookmarked right now. Great photo!

  2. sniff! sniff!


    Here’s to keeping in better touch and not waiting another 20 years before seeing each other again.

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