Fudgy Brownies

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” -Linda Grayson

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When I arrived to dinner with a plate full of fudge brownies, I knew I wasn’t going to be the only one resisting the temptation to sneak one before dinner. Or two.

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My little secret is that these brownies taste like they take lots of effort in the kitchen to achieve such a fudgy texture, but trust me, they’re so easy to make. One of the most important steps is to beat together the sugar and eggs for a full five minutes. This process integrates air into the mixture, which acts as a leavening agent for the brownies. This technique also creates that “crackly surface” brownies are famous for.

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After combining all the ingredients together, the batter will be thick. Spread the batter into the baking dish using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Try to resist the fudgy temptation!

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These brownies already have plenty of chocolate so I didn’t feel the need to cover them with frosting.  A small dusting of powdered sugar is a simple way to dress up these brownies without making them overly sweet.

Fudgy Brownies

By July 22, 2013

Adapted from, Cooking Light Everyday Baking

  • Yield : 16 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°. 
  • Place granulated sugar and eggs in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until thick and pale (about 5 minutes).
  • Combine 1 tablespoon hot water and instant coffee granules, stirring until coffee granules dissolve. Add coffee mixture, butter, and vanilla to sugar mixture; beat at low speed until combined.
  • Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, cocoa, and salt, stirring with a whisk until combined.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture, stirring just until moist (batter will be thick).
  • Spread bater into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 23 minutes or until brownies spring back when touched lightly in center. Cool pan on wire rack.
  • Sprinkle brownies with confectioners' sugar, if desired.

NUTRITION FACTS (from CookingLight): Serves 16, Serving Size 1 brownie - Calories Per Serving 121, FAT 4.1g, (SAT. 2.3g, MONO 1.3g, POLY 0.2g), PROTEIN 2.4g, CARBOHYDRATES 20.6g, FIBER 1.4g, CHOLESTEROL 34mg, IRON 1mg, SODIUM 75mg, CALCIUM 10mg.

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