Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Treat yourself and your family to homemade brownies. These are so quick and easy to make, you can make up a batch anytime.

Yield

24 brownies

Ingredients

1 2/3 cups granulated (white) sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 tablespoons water
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate baking bars, broken into pieces
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup nuts, chopped (optional)

Directions

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

In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave sugar, butter and water on HIGH (100%) power for 4 to 5 minutes or until mixture bubbles, stirring once. Remove from heat. Add baking bars. Stir until melted.* Stir in eggs one at a time until incorporated. Stir in vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Stir well. Stir in nuts. Pour into prepared baking pan.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted halfway between edge and center comes out clean. Do not overbake. Center should be set (slightly sticky) but not dry. Cool on wire cooling rack before cutting.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes
Cool Time: 30 minutes

Additional Information

For saucepan method: Heat sugar, butter and water in a medium saucepan just to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add baking bars. Stir until melted. Proceed as above.

Variations

Cream Cheese Brownies: Prepare brownie batter; do not pour into pan. Beat 8 ounces softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Beat in 1 egg. Pour brownie batter into pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture over top; swirl with spoon. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Peanut Butter Brownies: Prepare brownie batter without nuts; do not pour into pan. Combine 1/2 cup peanut butter, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 45 seconds; stir until smooth. Pour brownie batter into pan. Spoon peanut butter mixture over top; swirl with spoon. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Rocky Road Brownies: Prepare brownie batter without nuts; bake as directed. While still hot, sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows, 1/3 cup chopped nuts and 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels. Bake for 2 to 3 minutes or until marshmallows are puffed and morsels are shiny.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 150; Calories from Fat 60; Total Fat 7 g; Saturated Fat 4 g; Cholesterol 30 mg; Sodium 70 mg; Carbohydrates 21 g; Dietary Fiber 1 g; Sugars 14 g; Protein 2 g

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