RECIPE: Fudgey Chocolate Chunk Brownies

By the time this recipe goes live weeks will have passed, never mind that.  It's a Munchkin weekend but he's off to see a movie for a couple of hours and I've got a bit of a sweet tooth coming on.  Nothing drastic but still a small craving is building.  Brownies maybe?  I've not made brownies in eons.  Off to Pinterest I went to find something new, different, brownie-ish.  And I found these at Something Swanky.  I had to give them a try.  Never mind that it's closing in on bedtime.  Never mind that the last thing I need to is indulge in brownies, or anything so rich, that close to bedtime.  I had to make them!  And I did.  And they were delectable, the perfect rich ooey-gooey yumminess that soothed my sweet tooth and made a happy Munchkin when he came in (just as they were coming from the oven).

1/2 Cup butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (or a bit more, who actually measures vanilla?)
2 eggs
1/2 Cup all purpose flour
1/2 Cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chunks (or chocolate chips if that's all ya got and its late - they totally work!)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9x9 banking dish with parchment paper.  (Invest in parchment, it's so worth it!)  Beat together the butter, sugar, and vanilla in a standard mixer bowl.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.  Stir together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture.  Mix in the baking soda.  Mix in the chocolate chunks (or chips) with a wooden spoon or spatula.  Once the batter forms (it will be thick), scrape it into the prepared dish and spread evenly.

Bake for 25 minutes, until brownies begin to pull away from the side of the pan.  Serves 9-12 (or a 9 year old for less about 12 minutes).

Seriously amazing for a late night snack.  Last step, as always, Enjoy!

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