Chocolate is yummy... I have to say, as much as I love love love fruit desserts, chocolate is that one thing that will always settle me. I don't like munching on chocolate candy though. Too sweet and sugary and it hurts my teeth. But chocolate brownies, cakes, cookies... Yum. I found this recipe in my Cookie Bible when I was trying to figure out what to make for the fourth. I originally planned on making peach pie, but honestly, the idea of making the dough made me change my mind. So I flipped through my book and after 30 min of agonizing over what to make, I picked these. Soooo glad I did!!!! Everyone loved them!
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup cocoa
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
couple handfuls of candy-coated, chocolate-covered sunflower seeds (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 X 9 inch baking pan.
Melt butter. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, on at a time, beating well w/ a spoon or whisk after each addition. Add cocoa; beat until well blended. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Beat well. Pour batter into greased pan. Sprinkle sunflower seeds over the batter, if desired.
Bake for 30-35 mins or until brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. EAT!!!
I love the covered sunflower seeds. They are a great snack. I saw them in someone's brownies before and the very next day, I saw them at Trader Joe's and bought them. Yum! They add a nice little crunch to the brownie and aren't overpowering like putting a cup of nuts into the batter is.
The edges were done more so that the rest of the bars, but they weren't dry. They did come off most of the bars after cutting, but that's okay, no one minded eating them!
The inside was that perfect just past gooey, almost raw feel. They were soooo good! Definitely a recipe I am making again!