Super Brownies Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 4-2/3 cups (28 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
- 3 tablespoons hot water
- 4 eggs
- 5 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups coarsely chopped macadamia nuts or pecans, divided
- In a large saucepan, melt butter with sugar over medium heat. Remove from the heat; stir in 2 cups chocolate chips until melted.
- Pour into a large bowl; beat in water. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; beat into the chocolate mixture until blended. Stir in 2 cups chocolate chips and 1 cup nuts.
- Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining chips and nuts. Bake at 325° for 55 minutes or until the center is set (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.
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I used very dark cooking chocolate bars for the equivalent of the 2 cups of melted chocolate, then cut back on how many chips I added in the batter and on top. They were still full enough of chocolate. I used pecans, which were great. This was a hit at our house. I will make it again because it was a brownie recipe I actually liked (most I don't because they are too gooey in the middle).
Reading through the other reviews that rate low, but also say "I changed the recipe."
Don't dis the recipe if it's YOUR recipe.
That said, it is very important to follow this one word for word. I've tried to wing it, and it comes out funky. Yes, 5 tsp vanilla. Yes, water. And for heaven's sake, beat that batter until there's no sign of flour. (You have have to enlist a relief beater to save your shoulder).
THAT said, these are quite delicious, and while the taste varies between using pecans and macadamia nuts, both varieties are good in their own way. Very heavy brownies. May need chainsaw to cut. Not pretty, but I haven't met a victim- (err) guest who hasn't loved them.
Many commenters seem to have had difficulty with this recipe. I did not. They came out moist, yet firm. It is actually the best recipe for brownies I've tried in a long time. They baked very evenly, without a lot of hard places around the edge of the pan. My family loved them! I will definitely make them again.
To some of the comments saying the ingredients are to expensive to make these::: I would rather spend a "few" extra dollars to make a recipe that people just LOVE! This is what cooking is all about, making a quality brownie that EVERYONE wants the recipe!!! You get what you pay for and CHEAP is not what cooking is about
This is a yummy recipe. By using great chocolate and other ingredients...the best one can afford, the flavor is fabulous. This recipe is easy, fills the house with a great aroma while baking, and disappeared within minutes. Good desserts and treats can be expensive, however, with many recipes to choose from, one can find a baking project to match one's budget. And, I would not leave out ingredients when looking for great flavor or results...such as cutting down on the vanilla, etc unless that change is intentional and for a different desired result. I appreciate special recipes and some that are pricy might not get baked often, but when a special dessert is desired, such as for company, I appreciate extraordinary recipes that have ingredients such as macadamia nuts, etc. One can find an ordinary brownie recipe easily, I seek out these kinds of special recipes as I don't want to be an ordinary baker.