Monday, June 9, 2014

Rainy Day Monday

It's a chilly, rainy Monday here in CT, perfect for all of the baking I have to do for our Brownie troop's "fly up" to Juniors tonight and for the "pinks" I planted in the yard yesterday, a gift from the hospice volunteer luncheon on Friday.  There is usually wonderful food at that luncheon; this year my favorite was a pear, walnut, feta, and cranberry salad with a blush wine vinaigrette.  But this rain isn't really salad weather . . . .



Makes 24 brownies

One 12 oz. package (2 cups) Semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
½ cup butter
3 eggs
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup chopped nuts (optional)

In large, heavy saucepan over low heat, melt 1 cup chocolate chips and butter (for best results, melt butter then add chocolate chips and melt—prevents chocolate sticking to saucepan); stir until smooth. Remove from heat. Add eggs; stir well. Add flour sugar, baking soda, and vanilla; stir well. Stir in remaining (unmelted) chocolate chips and nuts, if desired. Spread into greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 18-22 minutes or until set. Cool completely. Cut into 2-inch squares.

Nestle Chocolate Chip bag

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