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Georgia's Mom's Showdown Brownies

The first thing my Mom said to me after she watched 'The American Barbecue Showdown' was, "you know those are your Nana's brownies, right?" but Nana didn't make these brownies on a monthly dessert rotation.

These brownies are ooey-gooey majorly chocolatey with a crust to keep it all together. In an ideal world, you would also serve with ice cream, homemade chocolate sauce and whipped cream for the perfect brownie sundae. This recipe is best made at least a few hours ahead of time so it can cool to the right wiggle.

Let's talk about unsweetened chocolate for a second: the bars in this picture are each 4 ounces. You'll need 8 ounces for the recipe below.

Showdown Brownie Ingredients

8 ounces unsweetened chocolate

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter

3 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 eggs

3 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

Optional: adjust amounts to personalize!

2 cups chopped nuts (my favorites are walnut and pecan – and I like to use the finer chopped pieces for the topping)

3 ½ cups chocolate chips (you can mix whatever you like here - jumbo chips, mini chips, peanut butter chips!)

The Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Grease a 13 x 9 inch pan.

3. In a large pot on the stove, melt chocolate and butter until butter is melted. Then stir until chocolate is completely melted.

4. Stir sugar and salt into chocolate while on low heat.

5. Turn off heat.

6. Crack 6 eggs into a separate small bowl (just in case of any shells), before adding to the chocolate mixture. Mix batter.

7. Open vanilla bottle and smell. Mmmm! Add vanilla and stir until well blended.

8. Stir in flour – gentle with the stirring to keep all the flour in the pan!

9. Add 1 ½ cups of nuts, and 2 cups chocolate chips as you like.

10. Pour the batter into the pan and tap lightly on counter to release air bubbles. Wipe the edges of the down any batter that splattered.

11. Top with any nuts or chocolate chips.

12. Bake 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out slightly fudgy.

13. Cool in pan; cut into squares. Makes 24 brownies.

Brownie Pictorial:

Mom's Brownies delivery to the neighbors!

I prefer my brownies with nuts and fewer chocolate chips. Adam prefers heavy chocolate chips. I usually make both - and just save a little of the first batter after it's poured into the pan, and then mix in the nuts for a mini pan. That way I don't have to get a second bowl dirty but still have a different mixture.

Brownies are one of those cozy and delicious desserts that are best shared! What are your topping choices, and who are you making these brownies for?

Mmm, brownies.


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