Classic Fudge Brownies

It has been a while since I posted some good chocolate brownies, so I figured it was time.  Everyone loves brownies, and this time of year they seriously are your best friend.  There is no quicker dessert to whip up than a batch of brownies.  I do have a few quick desserts up my sleeve that I plan to post over the next couple of week, that are not brownies, but for the most part brownies are the go-to dessert when you need to make something quick, that everyone will love.

This time of year I always end up over-extending myself.  I always think I can do more than I can actually do.  With family coming into town, and Thanksgiving around the corner, I have decided to be ultra-organized this year.  I have every meal planned out – including dessert – and when I am going to make everything.  Most people think this is the way I am all the time – but surprisingly I am not.  Here it goes…I am not a procrastinater, but I do everything at the last moment – as we call it at work, “just in time.”  I am seldom early for anything, because I don’t like to waste a minute of time.  I try to cram things into every bit of spare time I have during the day.  It is a problem, yes, I admit it – and I am slowly realizing that I cannot keep this up.  So, let’s see how I do as the ultra-organized host this year.  As long as I don’t cram things in that are not planned, I think I will be fine..we shall see how it goes.

I found this recipe in Cooking Light, and after adapting it to my families preferences, I gave it a try.  Boy were these terrific.  They were super fudgy with a deep chocolate flavor, and there is no way you would ever know that this was a light recipe.  The best part was how easy they were.  Serve these with some vanilla ice-cream and caramel sauce, and you have an amazing dessert that your guests will rave about.  Give yourself a break this week…without sacrificing on anything, even calories!

Ingredients

  • 3 19/50 ounces all-purpose flour (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chunks, divided
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl. Combine 1/2 cup chocolate and milk in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Stir in butter, vanilla, and eggs. Add milk mixture and 1/2 cup chocolate; stir to combine.

Pour the batter into a 9-inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 19 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool in the pan on a rack. Cut into squares.

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