These are the ultimate fudge brownies! They have a nice crackly top and and super fudge-like in the middle. Top with a scoop of ice cream for an even better treat!
The house across the street from us has been on the market for over a year. The owners didn’t care of the exterior of the home so the grass was overgrown, and the gutters had broken off. They were also the only house in the neighborhood who didn’t get their roof replaced two years ago.
And so the house sat. Recently, the owners finally came to their senses and made some improvements. They cut the lawn and fixed the gutters. They even lowered the price. And finally, the house sold. I heard through some neighbors that the new owners had 3 school-aged children. I wanted to bring them something to welcome them to the neighborhood.
When I asked Addie what to bake them, she wasn’t sure. Brownies came immediately to mind, so that’s what I made. Unfortunately, the new neighbors weren’t around the weekend I baked these. So, I gifted them to another neighbor instead. She was delighted to receive these, as her husband was out of town and she was at home with two hungry teenage boys.
What I loved about these brownies were that they were easy to make and melted in my mouth when I bit into them. You can top these with whatever floats your boat – a scoop of ice cream, a drizzle of chocolate or caramel sauce, or a sprinkle of powdered sugar. I bet these would be a great add-in for ice cream too!
Hope you like these fudge brownies as much as my neighbors did. I’ll have to bake something else for the new neighbors once I see them outside.
- 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chopped and divided
- 1 and 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease or a line a standard 8"x8" baking pan and set aside.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt half of the chopped chocolate. Save the other half of the chocolate for later.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl if using a handheld mixer, mix together the melted butter with the sugar on medium high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the eggs and vanilla and mix for another 1-2 minutes.
- Add in the melted chocolate and mix well.
- Turn the mixer off and fold in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt by hand until a few dry streaks remain. Then fold in the remaining chopped chocolate.
- Transfer the batter into your prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center will yield some batter. The brownies should not jiggle when you shake the pan.
- Allow the brownies to cool before slicing and serving. You can store them in the refrigerator for a few hours to firm up if desired.