Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Chocolatey Hazelnut Brownies ....Mmmmm.....

***The other night, I had a major craving for a brownie (or 2!)...nothing too fancy, just a chocolatey, nutty, delicious brownie. I hit the jackpot with this recipe. It calls for walnuts, but I used hazelnuts instead. I also sprinkled chocolate chips over the top of the batter before baking. The result: Chocolate Heaven! Consider this a warning though - they are seriously addicting. Do not make these if you're on a diet, LOL.

I did double the recipe and then cooked them in a square baking dish instead of a loaf pan. Also, instead of regular shortening, I used margarine. After doubling the recipe, I started with 1 stick margarine, but the batter seemed to be too thick. I added another 1/2 stick melted butter and that brought the batter to the perfect consistency.

I found this recipe in a great cookbook that Brad recently surprised me with. It's "The Taste of Home Cookbook." I highly recommend it! The recipes are all easy to make (there's over 1,200 recipes!), and most of them call for ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Plus, when you buy the cookbook, you get a FREE subscription to Taste of Home magazine...can't beat that!***

Ingredients:
1/4 cup shortening (I used 1 1/2 sticks margarine, instead)
3 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (I used hazelnuts)

Directions:
In a small mixing bowl, cream shortening and cocoa; beat in egg, sugar and vanilla.

Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture. Beat on low speed until thoroughly combined. Stir in walnuts.

Pour into a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Yield: 8 brownies.
Editor's Note: This recipe may be doubled and baked in an 8-in. square pan for 20-25 minutes.

Source: "The Taste of Home Cookbook"

6 comments:

Katie said...

Those look so good! I could never make them b/c I'd eat the whole pan myself! :)

Risa said...

Thanks for the recipe. It looks yummy. I love how and where you subbed items. Such a cute blog too!

Colleen said...

I love the Taste of Home cookbooks! Although some of the recipes in there are so funny. This looks delicious though! I think I want to start baking with hazelnuts...

Sophie said...

I love the addition of hazelnuts! I bet they made the brownies extra delicious :).

Megan said...

oh yum! the combination of hazelnuts and chocolate always reminds me of nutella...i'm sure these brownies are fabulous!

Tessa said...

Mmm I'm going to make these tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe :)