Chocolate Brownies

A basic chocolate brownie recipe made with baking chocolate and studded with toasted walnuts.

Yield

36 brownies

Ingredients

3/4 cup butter or margarine
6 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
1 3/4 cups granulated (white) sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted, (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan using Pan Release or cooking spray.

In a heat-proof bowl or double boiler, combine butter and chocolate. Set bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and stir until just melted. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat sugar and eggs until well blended. Whisk in vanilla and salt. Mix in chocolate mixture until thoroughly combined. Gently stir in flour. Fold in walnuts, if using. Spread batter into prepared pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted halfway between edge and center comes out clean. Do not overbake. Center should be set but not dry. Cool on wire cooling rack before cutting.

Additional Information

* To toast walnuts, place in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 350°F (177°C) for 10 to 15 minutes or until walnuts are lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Cool.

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