Today is my birthday. I am feeling truly blessed for so many reasons; mine and my family’s health, many wonderful dear friends, meaningful work, and…my favorite food, chocolate, which I believe should be its own food group but that’s another post!
I am sure you can guess that in my family I bake the birthday cakes. As birthdays draw near, I take an order for the desired flavor and dutifully bake the cake just in time to slice into it on the special day.
For MY birthday, my husband orders a cake form a local baker. This year I said, let’s skip the store-bought (cardboard) cake and whip up some simple brownies instead. SO last night, something truly rare happened, he met me in the kitchen and helped me make the brownies! Such fun!
They are rich and dark and oh so yummy; the perfect birthday treat or welcome home to all the little kiddos starting back to school this week. Why not whip up a batch to greet someone you love!
¾ cup butter
1 ½ cups sugar
¾ cup flour
¾ cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl. Add cocoa powder to melted butter and mix well. Stir in sugar and then eggs. Add flour, salt and vanilla and mix to combine. Add chocolate chips and nuts and spread batter into dish. Bake for 24-28 minutes until edges are beginning to brown.