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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Pecan Brownies with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

I'll admit it.  I have never, up until this past weekend, baked a batch of brownies from scratch.  I was truly a boxed girl at heart.  Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, whoever, I didn't judge.

Well, the wheels have turned.  These could quite possibly be the best brownies I've ever made.  And simple!  Did I forget to mention that?  Dump and mix.  My kind of dessert recipe.

If you are one of my lucky friends who live in the area and are getting a personal invite to Eat, Drink & Shop (a holiday dinner party me and a few friends are throwing), you'll be able to taste a version of these for the last course.

That party will be an entire different post in itself.  The planning has begun, invites are going out this week, vendors are ready.  I'm excited.

Pecan Brownies with Dark Chocolate Drizzle
1 c. butter, softened
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour
1/2 c. baking cocoa
1 c. chopped pecans

In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time.  Beat in vanilla.  Combine flour and cocoa, add to creamed mixture until just combined.  Fold in pecans.

Spread in an ungreased 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack.

For Drizzle: In microwave melt 1 c. dark chocolate chips, 3 T. powdered sugar, 1 T. milk.  Heat in 10 second intervals until melted and combined.  Add additional milk, if too thick.  Drizzle over brownies.

The majority of these were brought to work yesterday, and today I came home with an empty pan.

Enough said.

Would you like to comment?

  1. i'm not a nuts person, but these look fantastic even if i omitted!

  2. Those look incredible! I love chocolate and the more the better. :)

  3. Your brownies look absolutely delicious! Pecans + chocolate = yummy!

  4. This looks amazing and your party sounds like so much fun. Too bad we aren't closer. Then again we will be in Iowa in the future. Cedar Rapids calls to us!

    So, what do you think of Disqus? I was thinking of using it. What made you decided to do it? Just curious.

    Planning parties is my favorite! (Slight Elf reference, yeah I am a dork!)

  5. Wow, those look delicious! I just might have to give these a try.

  6. Cedar Rapids isjust an hour away from me!

    I really like Disqus. I was having issues with Blogger. Mainly, the slowness and some of my not-as-computer savvy friends and family were having issues commenting. I would reccommend it!

  7. Jolene (Everydayfoodie)November 14, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    I love recipes like this, because I have ALL of those ingredients on hand, ALL the time.

    I am shocked that you hadn't made brownies from scratch before this - I would have thought you had!