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Taste of Home Brownies

July 12, 2009

I didn’t plan on making brownies so soon after I made these for Tuesdays With Dorie, but I had brownies on my mind and I wanted to bring something to a small gathering over the weekend. These are my “go to” brownies; I’ve been making these for quite a few years. They’re just right for my tastes: dense and moist but not totally solid. Although they’re called cake brownies, I just don’t think of them as a “cakey” brownie. You know the type: you pick up a brownie at a pot luck, bite into it, and it’s like a flat piece of cake. Very disappointing. These are not those brownies! But they are also not ultra-dense fudgey brownies.

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If I’ve learned anything from reading a lot of baking blogs, it’s that people are highly opinionated about brownies and chocolate chip cookies. We have our opinions in my household too: I vote for these and my husband votes for my recent Tuesdays With Dorie brownies. But we’re really splitting hairs here – we both like both brownies a lot. Life’s too short to just have one brownie recipe, right?

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Moist Cake Brownies

from Taste of Home Annual Recipes 1999

My modifications are in red italics

2/3 cup (10 2/3 Tablespoons) butter (I used unsalted)
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (I used all semisweet chips)
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (I omitted the nuts)

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13″x9″ pan or coat it with cooking spray.

Melt butter in a large saucepan. Whisk in cocoa and oil until smooth. Cook and stir over low heat until cocoa is blended. Remove from heat; stir in sugar. Add eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to cocoa mixture. Stir in chocolate chips (and nuts, if using).

Spread batter in pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Cut and serve when brownies are completely cooled. Enjoy!

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