I really liked these and will make them again. They were easy to make and had good texture and flavor.
They aren't trying too hard to be something they are not.
Best Brownies Ever
(from Michael Zionts and his kids who had their recipe published by Penzey's)
2 sticks butter (1 cup) -- I used unsalted
2 cups sugar
2 t. vanilla
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 short cup flour (1 cup minus 1 T.)
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips -- I used dark
Grease a 9x13 pan and set aside. (I use butter to grease the pan and it makes a difference, I think, in taste and release versus PAM)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together the butter and sugar. (Take your time, scrape down the sides and get a homogeneous mixture.)
Add the vanilla and mix until smooth.
Add the eggs and mix well. (I added mine one at a time and let the mixture build some volume by keeping it at a low speed while I did the next step.)
Sift together the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt.
Gradually add to the wet ingredients, mixing well after each addition. (I did this by hand, folding the mixture until just mixed.)
Fold in the chocolate chips. (At this point the mixture was pretty thick. Smelled great! Tasted even better.)
Pour into the pan and smooth evenly.
Bake at 350 degrees on the middle rack for about 25 minutes.
Jiggle the pan; if the middle jiggles sloppily, put it back in the oven and bake for another 2-4 minutes. Keep
doing this until cracks just start to appear and the middle JUST stops jiggling.
When I made the brownies, 30 minutes was about right. Penzey's says theirs took 40.
Just don't over bake them. Take them out if you are in doubt.
P.S. -- Penzey's is a spice and flavoring company we use for almost all of our spices and vanilla. Their stores are fun to visit. Their website is lacking in style but comprehensive. The quality of their products is excellent. http://www.penzeys.com/