Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Cooking Down 5 Days to Christmas Classic Brownies

Two of my favorite things starting with the letter B: Bob, shown here on his first Christmas in 2007 when he was 9 months old (the same age Weasley is now)

and brownies.

This classic simple recipe from bon appetit makes the best and fudgiest brownies out there.

 Cocoa Brownies 

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup Scharffen Berger natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Preheat oven to 325°. Line an 8x8x2 inches glass baking dish with foil, pressing firmly into pan and leaving a 2 inches overhang. Coat foil with nonstick spray; set baking dish aside.
  • Melt butter in a small sauce-pan over medium heat. Let cool slightly. Whisk sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium bowl to combine. Pour butter in a steady stream into dry ingredients, whisking constantly to blend. Whisk in vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating vigorously to blend after each addition. Add flour and stir until just combined (do not overmix). Scrape batter into prepared pan; smooth top.
  • Bake until top begins to crack and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 25-30 minutes.
  • Transfer pan to a wire rack; let cool completely in pan. Using foil overhang, lift brownie out of pan; transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 16 squares.


  1. Look at that little face - he should be on a chocolate box!
    I will give your recipe to son #1, he is a brownie fan.
    Lynne x

  2. Yummm! I'm a chocolate lover, so these sound especially good. However, Bob's the real attraction here :-)

  3. Wow Bob you are looking well cute. Brownies, yum yum yum. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Loooove brownies!!!And especially LOVE that picture of Bob! :)

  5. Nom Nom..I haz to keep doing all the workout'z, coz you keep putting such scrummy food on :) Bob, you are adorable :) xxx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  6. I love brownies so I'm bookmarking this recipe. Bob is so cute!

    Also, Freedom, Casper, Nikki & Twinkie say a big, "Thank You!" for the Christmas card your gang sent. They will be posting an official count soon.

  7. bulldog teeth are so funny! it looks like he is holding some of those fake vampire fangs in his mouth!

  8. I'm a big fan of brownies too, and that chocolate you used it one of my favorites! Bob is too cute!