Sunday, February 12, 2012

Gooey Brownies w/ Dove Chocolate Chunks

Ooey Gooey Brownies w/ Dove Chocolate Chunks & Pecans
Ooey Gooey Brownies w/ Dove Chocolate Chunks

This recipe is one version of my very favorite brownie recipe that came from a Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate can.  I usually make them with frosting, but tonight, I decided rather late in the game that I would make brownies for our guests, and I don't necessarily like these brownies with NOTHING on top.  I mean, come on, a naked brownie just isn't decadent enough is it?  So, since I always have Dove Dark Chocolate Promises on hand, I chopped up a few and threw them on top to act as a frosting.  We'd be eating them warm anyway.  Then, because many of us love nuts with our brownies, I added nuts to half of the pan.  In the photo, you will notice that I place the nuts on TOP of the brownies.  I do this for two reasons: #1 It allows me to only have half of a pan of brownies with nuts because I'm always trying to please everyone and #2 When the nuts are on top, they get crisp and toasty, which adds another couple of dimensions to an already fantastic brownie experience.

Ghirardelli purists might think it heretical of me to mix the Ghirardelli ground chocolate with Dove chocolate, but it works, and these brownies were a hit.  They were actually too gooey for my taste, so I stuck to the edges.  If you like dryer, cakier brownies, this is not your recipe, but if you like them really fudgy and gooey, this is the ticket.  Just be sure to brew a nice pot of fresh coffee or have a significant amount of fresh milk on hand when you eat these.  They are rich.

Ooey Gooey Brownies w/ Dove Chocolate Chunks (and nuts)

  • 2 eggs @ room temp. 
  • ½ cup sugar 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • ½ cup butter, melted & cooled 
  • 1 cup Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate
  • 2/3 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 12-14 Dove Dark Chocolate Promises, chopped into big chunks
  • 1/4-1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional) 
Instructions:Preheat oven to 350°F. Using a spoon, stir eggs with sugar and vanilla. Add melted butter. In a separate bowl, mix the ground chocolate with flour, baking powder, and salt with a whisk. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture. Spread evenly into a buttered 8” pan (or a pan lined with parchment paper or non-stick foil). Sprinkle chocolate chunks evenly over the top and press lightly with the palm of your hand. If you're adding nuts to half or all of the pan, sprinkle those on too and gently press.  Bake 25-29 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out relatively clean. (I might even let them go to about 32 minutes.) Allow to cool. Cut into squares. Makes 16-20 brownies.

This is the can you're looking for.  It's usually close to the cocoa powder in the store.

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