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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Triple Chocolate Heath Bar Brownies


This morning I woke up with a want.  I wanted something decadent, I wanted something chocolate-y, I wanted a brownie.  But not just any brownie.  I wanted something with a kick.  I set off to my kitchen with the full intention of making chocolate ginger brownies, but a quick scan of ingredients showed I didn't have any bittersweet chocolate left over from "taste tester number one"'s birthday cake.  Therefore I settled on Martha Stewart's Double Chocolate Brownies.  Now I'm not saying there is anything wrong with double chocolate brownies, AT ALL.  But when you're expecting something with a little oomph, sometimes double chocolate just doesn't cut it.  

Call it fate, call it luck, but as I was resigned to make these double chocolate brownies I just so happened to notice a half-used bag of heath bar bits in my freezer.  That was it, the decision was immediately made and without measuring the whole bag was quickly dumped in.  And WOW.  Let me just say these brownies are absolutely to die for.  I am sure they would have been great just as double chocolate brownies, but the heath bar bits just take them to another level all together.  I decided to mix mine all in so that when you take a bite it's almost like a surprise what waits inside, but these would be equally as awesome with some reserved and sprinkled on top, or maybe with some melted caramels on top instead.  Oh the possibilities... :)


Triple Chocolate Heath Bar Brownies

Servings: 16 small or 9 large
Ingredients:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter 
6 tablespoons semisweet chocolate (coarsely chopped)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup heath bar bits 

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8x8 inch baking dish with parchment allowing for some overhang on each side.  Put butter, chocolate, and cocoa powder in a heat proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.  Stir until all has melted together.  Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat eggs and sugar on medium until pale (2-4 min).  Add the chocolate mixture and combine.  Set the mixer to low and add the flour mixture slowly.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Fold in heath bar bits until well combined.  Pour batter into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula.  Bake for about 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the brownies comes out clean.  Let cool slightly in pan, then remove brownies from pan and let cool completely.  Slice and enjoy.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's Cookies




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