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Rich and Chewy Chocolate Brownies
Rocky Road Squares

(Family Features) One of the first things I learned to bake was a pan of brownies. Since they're easier to make, I still rely on brownies when I need to quickly bake something sweet.

This fudgy treat is a rich reward for everyday occasions-and a great beginners' baking project. Moist, chewy brownies are suitable for potlucks, brown bag lunches, or for that "I forgot I was supposed to bring cookies!" occasion-anytime something sweet is called for.

Rich and Chewy Chocolate Brownies made with dark chocolate mix together quickly, and Rocky Road Squares are even easier with a fudge brownie mix. Make either in disposable pans for easy transport and cleanup.

Turn everyday chocolate recipes into indulgent desserts with more baking ideas for every occasion at www.VeryBestBaking.com.

Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.

Rich and Chewy Chocolate Brownies

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 bars (8 ounces) Nestlé Toll House Dark Chocolate Baking Bar, broken into small pieces
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

    1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
    2. MICROWAVE sugar, butter and water in large, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 3 minutes until mixture boils, stirring once. Add chocolate; stir until melted. Stir in eggs one at a time until incorporated. Stir in vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda and salt; stir well. Stir in nuts. Pour into prepared baking pan.
    3. BAKE for 16 to 20 minutes until wooden pick inserted in center comes out still slightly sticky. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Calories: 130g     Total Fat: 8g
Cholesterol: 30mg     Protein: 2g
Carbohydrates: 15g     Sodium: 70mg

Makes 2 dozen brownies

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Saucepan Method:
HEAT sugar, butter and water in medium saucepan just to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Proceed as above.
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Rocky Road Squares

  • 1 package (19.5 to 21 ounces) fudge brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, per package directions
  • 2 large eggs, per package directions
  • 1/2 cup Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

    1. PREHEAT oven according to package directions. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
    2. PREPARE brownie mix according to package directions, using vegetable oil and egg(s) and substituting evaporated milk for water. Spread into prepared baking pan.
    3. BAKE according to package directions; do not over bake. Remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate morsels. Let stand 5 minutes or until morsels are shiny. Spread evenly. Top with marshmallows and walnuts.
    4. BAKE for 3 to 5 minutes or just until marshmallows begin to melt. Cool in pan on wire rack for 20 to 30 minutes. Cut into squares using a knife dipped in hot water.
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Calories: 230g     Total Fat: 13g
Cholesterol: 20mg     Protein: 3g
Carbohydrates: 27g     Sodium: 80mg

Make 24 servings

SOURCE: Nestlé USA, Inc.

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