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Fudgy Brownies

Last Saturday we had a couple of friends over for a playdate and I wanted to have something to serve them other than Cheetos and Coke. As of late, I’ve been having an inexplicably formidable craving for sweets (not that cravings require an explanation) and have been on a roll with baking chocolate this and chocolate that. And I thought, brownies! Everybody loves brownies, right? And these ones deserve extra points for being extra fudgy. I kept the recipe classic and basic (no added nuts or anything like that), and they came out as rich and fudgy as I had hoped. Topped with a dusting of icing sugar (for effect) and served with a cold glass of milk (or coffee if you like), they made for an indulgent afternoon treat. And to keep myself from finishing the entire batch, I packed half for our friends to take home.  So if you’re looking for an extra chocolatey something that’s quick and easy, bake these brownies. You won’t be sorry.

INGREDIENTS
8 ounces good-quality chocolate
¾ cup butter, melted
1¼ cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt

PREPARATION
1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
2. Chop the chocolate into chunks. Melt half, then save the other half for later.
3. Mix the butter and the sugar, then beat in the eggs and vanilla for 1-2 minutes until the mixture has become fluffy and light in color.
4. Whisk in the reserved melted chocolate (make sure the chocolate is not too hot or else the eggs will cook), then sift in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
5. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, being careful not to overmix as this will cause the brownies to be more cake-like in texture.
6. Fold in the chocolate chunks, then transfer the batter into a parchment paper-lined square baking dish.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, depending on how fudgy you like your brownies, then cool completely.

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Stephanie is the founder and curator of Chléa Living, and copywriter for Chléa Consulting. A peanut butter lover and a sucker for big band music, Stephanie loves to bake, karaoke, and obsesses over making lists. Her biggest pet peeve is a messy space, which is why she loves cleaning and organizing. While she loves waking up in the morning to make a smoothie and meditate, her secret dream is to win an eating competition (shhh). Follow @stephaniejaya on Instagram for a daily dose of all things sunny, happy, and yummy!

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