Quick & Easy Fudge Brownies

Yield

24 brownies

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Place chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) power 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Add sugar. Stir with spoon until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour and nuts, if desired. Stir until well blended. Spread into prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into squares.

Variations

Chippy Chewy Brownie: Prepare brownies as directed, stirring in 1 cup peanut butter chips with flour. Bake as directed.

Cakelike Brownies: Stir in 1/2 cup milk with eggs and vanilla. Increase flour to 1 1/2 cups. Bake as directed.

Cream Cheese Brownies: Prepare brownies as directed, using 4 eggs. Spread in prepared pan. Beat 8 ounce package softened cream cheese, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg and 2 tablespoons flour. Spoon mixture over brownie batter. Swirl with knife to marble. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.

Rocky Road Brownies: Prepare brownies as directed. Bake 30 minutes. Immediately sprinkle with 2 cups miniature marshmallows, 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 cup chopped nuts over brownies. Bake another 3 minutes or until topping melts together.

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