Monday, May 4, 2009

The Alpha-Bakery: F is for Fudge Brownies

Christmas gift exchange in elementary school when I was in Third Grade. We all brought in small, generic gifts. Then we drew the name of a classmate and exchanged gifts with them. I still have the gift that I got: the Gold Medal Alpha-Bakery Cookbook!

There is a recipe for every letter of the alphabet from Apple Crisp to Zebra Cookies. Well, F is for Fudge Brownies, and my go-to brownie recipe for the past 20 years has evolved from the recipe found in this fun cookbook.

I make these all the time - they are so delicious and turn out perfectly every single time. They are rich, fudgy, and oh-so-satisfying when you need that little chocolate fix! The tops and edges are crusty, crumbly, chewy, and sweet, the insides are gooey, rich, fudgy heaven. Studded with white chocolate chunks and toasted walnut pieces? Oh, yes please! The perfect combination of textures and flavors for the most amazing brownie ever. In my humble opinion. :-D

Fudge Brownies
Adapted from the Alpha-Bakery Children's Cookbook

1 12-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips (I prefer Tollhouse in this recipe)
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 2/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs
2 tablespoons milk or half-and-half
1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped (optional)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

Melt chips and butter in a pot over low heat. Remove from heat, add sugar, flour, salt and baking powder - the dough will be stiff. Then add vanilla and eggs. Add nuts or more chips if desired and then bake in prepared pan for 25-30 minutes.


Anonymous said...

mmmm....These look like some fudgey goodness!

Kerstin said...

Awww, what a cute story! The brownies look super delicious - I love walnuts in brownies!

Anonymous said...

YUM! Those look so good! I love that little cookbook too! My grandma gave it to me as a gift when I was little. I made the T is for Turtle Bread last summer and had such a blast! :)

Anonymous said...

oh man...I had something very similar out at a fine dining place the other day...this is making my mouth water for that again. YAY!

Anonymous said...

I got that same little cookbook for my daughter when she was 5, the "L" for lemon bars are very good too. When I saw this recipe I had to go find the cookbook to make sure we still have it.


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