Don't be afraid to make brownies from scratch. They are really not as difficult as you might think. I whipped these up while the kids played in the basement with friends. The smell drifted down the stairs and up came the boys.. They waited patiently while the delicious brownies cooled.
The brownies had a fantastic crunchy top and a really moist and chocolaty center. Of course the addition of some chocolate chips to the mix, I'm sure, made the difference.
recipe adapted from Pillsbury - The Complete Book of Baking
Homemade Fudgy Brownies
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350F. Grease 13x9-inch pan. In small saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and butter, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from the heat; cool slightly.
In medium bowl, beat sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour, salt and chocolate mixture, blend well. Spread in greased pan. sprinkle the chips on the top.
Bake for 30-38 minutes. DO NOT OVER-BAKE. Cool completely