Phot by Sharon Buck

Chad's FAVORITE dessert is brownies. The best cookbook I have found I bought about 5 years ago on a discount rack. The Mrs. Field's Best Cookie Book Ever! is my go to book for great recipes and there are 130 of them. So many little time!

These are very simple to make. Usually, I just buy the brownie mix, add the ingredients and voile'! But I wanted to make real, HOMEMADE brownies! Here is the recipe...Enjoy!



Brownie Layer

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter
¾ cup all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
½ cup of mini chocolate chips

Vanilla Cream

1 stick of butter
4 ounces for cream cheese (softened)
1 ¼ cups of confectioner’s sugar
2 tsp of vanilla

Chocolate Drizzle

1/2 cup of chocolate chips
2 Tbsp of heavy cream

To Make the Brownies

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 7X11 baking pan.

In a double boiler, or I do it in the microwave, melt the unsweetened chocolate and butter until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a small bowl, combine flour and salt.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and brown sugar together. Beat in the chocolate mixture and vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture then the pecans and chocolate chips. Set aside to cool.

Spread the batter in the pan and bake for 22 to 25 minutes.

To Make the Vanilla Cream

In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the vanilla and confectioner’s sugar. Spread the vanilla cream over the cooled brownies. Refrigerate until set.

To make the Chocolate Drizzle

In a double boiler, or I do it in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips and cream. Stir until smooth, then set to cool slightly. Drizzle over the brownies.

Chill until ready to serve.