You can make Brownies from Scratch

You can make brownies from scratch – yes, it is a few more steps than a box mix, but you’ll quickly see that they are easy to make and you’ll be baking them regularly just because you can. Just 9 ingredients make a rich, moist, and chocolaty brownie. Those three delicious words will get you major “brownie points” for serving up this delicious treat! Better hide them if you want some for yourself.

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate (6 squares)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

9 x 9 square baking pan
Small saucepan with a medium, heat proof bowl that sets on top to make a double boiler

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour the pan, set aside. (Using cooking spray with flour is fine.)

Fill the saucepan 1/2 way with water. Put the bowl on top. On medium heat, bring water to a simmer.

Place chocolate and butter in the bowl. Stir to combine while it melts. Once melted and combined, add the sugar. Stir to combine. Mixture will look gritty at this point.

Off the heat, add the vanilla. While stirring vigorously, add the eggs. Stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine. Add dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture. Stir until combined. Stir in nuts.

Add batter to pan, bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Start checking at 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. De-pan, cut, and serve. Can be kept in an air-tight container for up to a week. (They won’t last that long.)

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