Old-Fashioned Bake Sale ~ Brownie Squares

Friday, July 29, 2011

Do you know Brown Eyed Baker? I love her blog and boy is she an inspirational baker. A few months ago I baked her Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake as a gift for a friend's son (who LOVES cheesecake -- ME TOO!!). The brownie recipe used for the brownie mosaic squares makes way more than you need for the cheesecake. I froze the excess. It didn't take my teens long to find them hiding in the freezer. They used them as ice cream toppings and raved about what great brownies they are (since I had a taste while constructing the cheesecake, I KNEW they were right). Flash forward to now -- I have company coming from out-of-town next weekend -- including 2 of the cutest kiddos. We will be grilling and I want a dessert that will be fun, kid-friendly and low-fuss. I figured I would make some homemade vanilla bean ice cream and bake some of my Monsterously Wonderful Cookies that I have stashed in the freezer for make-your-own ice cream sandwiches but wanted something more to offer both the kids and adults -- then I remembered those brownie squares and thought *what a great idea* since I'll already have ice cream made, we can also do make-your-own (see a trend here?) brownie sundaes. So yesterday I baked these and hopefully hid them well in the chest freezer under some frozen veggies -- shhhh, don't tell my kids or they will disappear before next weekend :)


Brownie Squares
(Printable Version)

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1-3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Grease foil.

Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and salt; mix well. Spread into prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minute or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. (Do not overbake.) Cool in pan on wire rack. Remove brownies from pan, using foil handles. Cool brownies, then cut them into 3/4- to 1-inch squares.

15 comments:

  1. I made your Key Lime bars last weekend and showcased them on my blog!
    http://ourtreasuredhome.blogspot.com/2011/07/weekend-warrior.html

    You may also like this post.
    http://ourtreasuredhome.blogspot.com/2011/07/round-barn.html

  1. We love brownies, thanks!!

  1. Sounds like you will be having a busy filled weekend! Thanks for the brownie recipe... they are always a great favorite.
    Yvonne

  1. Anita said...:

    Yum, yum, yum!! Sounds like so much fun, can I come???

  1. Honey at 2805 said...:

    Your brownies look wonderful. There isn't any time of day that I could not each chocolate.

    And love the pics of the radishes below! What a beautiful red!

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  1. lulumusing said...:

    No doubt, these are a kid favorite. One kid helps make the brownies, the other the ice cream which is 1 1/2 c. heavy cream, 1 1/2 c. half and half, 1/2 c. sugar, 1 t. vanilla. Mix and chill. Freeze in electric ice cream maker. A snap. Have fun this weekend.

  1. Ruby Jean said...:

    Those brownies look delicious but I must admit the Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream sounds even better... : )

  1. Lady Farmer said...:

    You have so many wonderful recipes, Gail, I just don't know where to start! Perhaps this brownie recipe ~ Brownies are Gentleman Farmer's favorite dessert! :~P They look sooo delish ~ especially with homemade ice cream!!! I'm hoping to get and ice cream attachment for my Kitchen aid before summer is over!
    I'm so glad you dropped in my Pantry with a little comment! My crazy internet (dial-up) won't let me visit unless one comments, and then I can track back to visit! Perhaps now I will be able to visit more regularly!
    Have a great time with your company. Sounds like a fun time!
    Blessings!

  1. So much FUN Gail! These look so delicious ~ I would love a sample! :)
    Visiting your blog is so enjoyable. What a treasure you are! God Bless you and your family. xo

  1. Oh my! This should work for my necessary chocolate fix!
    Donna

  1. Yes, you may use my Kool Aid post! Many thanks!

  1. Julie Harward said...:

    Hi there, thanks for your visit. Who doesn't love brownies, I know I sure do! Funny because with my 8 kids, I was always trying to hide goodies too but they always found them! Congratulations on the new grand to come...you will be so amazed at the love..love you have never know before..it is the best! :D

  1. Shelia said...:

    Hi Gail! OH, yummy! I love me some brownies and these sound so good! I used to have problems with hiding things - my kids could always find them!
    I'm just thrilled you'll be coming to my party!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  1. Shelia said...:

    I'm your newest follower! :)
    Continue to be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  1. Kathleen said...:

    I love Brownies, all kinds!

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