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Fudgy Nut Brownies

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Makes

about 2-1/2 dozen

I've prepared this special recipe for many an open house and potluck dinner. It came from an old roommate, who is now a grandmother. While in our early 20s, we never imagined we'd be sharing brownie recipes after all these years.

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts
  • TOPPING:
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 3 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped

Directions

  1. In a heavy saucepan or microwave, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Add sugar and salt; stir until dissolved. Cool for 10 minutes. Stir in eggs, vanilla, flour and nuts.
  2. Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs (do not overbake). Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. For topping, melt semisweet chocolate and shortening in a heavy saucepan or microwave; stir until smooth. Spread over brownies. Melt white chocolate; cool slightly. Pour into a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in corner of bag. Pipe thin lines 1 in. apart widthwise. Beginning about 1 in. from a wide side, gently pull a toothpick through the lines to the opposite side. Wipe toothpick clean. Then pull toothpick through lines in opposite directions. Repeat over entire top at 1-in. intervals. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 206 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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