Friday, May 13, 2011

Fudgy, Gooey Brownies

Today, I've got a guest post from Women's Health Magazine.  It talks about when you should save and when you should splurge, something I know I have problems deciding on at times!

Splurge vs. Save

The editors of Women’s Health dish on when it’s best to put your money where your mouth is for important kitchen staples.


Storage containers - Forget plastic tubs that can leak, stain and release harmful chemicals into food. Sturdy glass dishes with airtight lids will keep leftovers from spoiling.

Quality spices – Saffron, vanilla bean and fennel pollen are pricey for a reason—all can elevate any dish

Chef’s knife – The versatile, slightly curved blade allows you to slice and dice quickly


Corkscrew – A basic style like the “waiter’s friend” will totally do the job

Nonstick pan – It’s the workhorse of any kitchen, and even expensive ones wear out, so you shouldn’t pay top dollar

Mandoline – A durable plastic one can slice potatoes for gratin or cabbage for slaw just as well as a pricey stainless-steel version

For more tips on how to save in the kitchen, check out or pick up a copy of the May issue of Women’s Health magazine, on newsstands now!


That being said, these brownies are definitely something you should splurge on. ;)  (So they may not have anything to do with money.... but whateva.)  These are the best brownies I have ever made.  In my entire life.  Plus they're adapted from one of my favorite blogger's (Karly) recipe.

Fudgy, Gooey Brownies
Karly- Buns in My Oven

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup Hershey's syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee, optional
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1.Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9×13 baking dish.
2. In small saucepan over low heat, melt butter completely. Stir in sugar and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not allow sugar mixture to boil.
3.  Pour butter mixture into a large bowl or stand mixer, beat in cocoa powder, Hershey's syrup, melted chocolate (1/4 cup), eggs, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
4. Stir in the flour and chocolate chips until well combined.
5. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes, until a tester comes out mostly clean. The edges should be set and the center should still look slightly moist, but not uncooked.  Cool on a wire rack.


  1. Those brownies look so chewy and moist! Yumm :D 

  2. these sound DELISH! i love the splurge and save tips too!

  3.  Wouaw, they look so tasty and chocolaty!

  4.  Oh I have such a weakness for gooey brownies!  I have to try these!  Thanks for posting :)

    come enter my giveaway!

  5.  DENSE. CHEWY. MOIST. these must be addictive <3

  6. Alaina Rose BremerMay 15, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    I'm totally drooling over those brownies right now! They definitely look fudgy and gooey :-) Mmmm...I just sent you an email about doing a guest post :-) 

  7. Girl...your pictures are totally killing me!! They look wonderfully moist and filled with oooey gooey yumminess!! I know they gotta be good with all that butter in 'em! And the coffee in 'em is the icing on the cake!! :)

    I splurge on quality ingredients most of the time by purchasing organic food that's free of all pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, etc.

    When it comes to saving...well...I also don't buy nonstick stuff anymore. I have one non-stick pan and that's it. I used to buy really expensive sets but I learned that they're just not worth the money. Now I buy stainless steel because I know they'll hold up.

  8. thanks!! i liked them, too!

    love your blog by the way! 

  9. ohhh me too!!

    gotta check out your giveaway! 

  10. thank you alaina!i'm excited about the guest post!! 

  11. sheila! glad to hear from you:)
    they're sooo good... butter def. does the trick!
    those are all good things to splurge on
    i'm glad you said that about the nonstick pans though, because i just bought some and i've only used them a few times and the "nonstick" is already sticking! ugh! 

  12.  Mmmm! I love when they're all crackly like that on top :)

  13. I think it was Oprah or Ghandi or someone who said that one can never have enough good brownie recipes. These look incredible!

  14. Delightful BitefulsJune 8, 2011 at 4:56 PM

     Oh!My! Yum x 100! These are insane.

    New to your blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls


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