Saturday, March 13, 2010

Big Bad Brownies Recipe

With permission from Mary Ann Esposito, here is a brownie recipe from her blog.  I previously reviewed her book and my review is here:  Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites

Big Bad One Bowl Brownies
Makes one 8 inch square pan of delicious thick brownies.
Line 8 x8 x 2-inch pan with a sheet of aluminum foil with a 1-inch overhang.  Lightly butter or spray the aluminum foil.

Preheat the oven to350F

4 one ounce squares unsweetened baking chocolate
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 1/3 cups flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
20 caramels diced (to make 1 cup. This is the bad part!)
½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Fill a medium size sauce pan 1/3 full of water and place it over the heat. Bring the water to a boil, then turn off the heat. Place a 1 ½ quart size glass bowl over the top of the pan and add the chocolate to the bowl. Do not let any drops of water get on the chocolate or it will clump up. Allow the chocolate to melt. Add the butter and allow it to melt into the chocolate. Stir to combine well.

Remove the bowl from the top of the pan and whisk in the sugars until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the vanilla; whisk in the eggs one at a time.

Whisk in the flour, baking powder and salt until the mixture is smooth and thick. Fold in the caramels and nuts with a spatula.

Spread and pat the mixture evenly in the pan.

Bake for 25 minutes or until firm to the touch; do not over-bake. The texture should be chewy.

Cut into squares.

Note: for thinner brownies use a 9 x 12 inch baking pan.

Mary Ann's Blog link here for even more recipes and cooking information.


  1. I think I just got a zit on my face just from looking at your chocolate brownie picture!

    Visitig from SITS!

  2. Oh wow! I'm drooling all over the place! They look amazing.

  3. Hey those look good looking forward to some more

  4. Oh how I love brownies! Joining your from SITS to say Welcome to the group!


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