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Dark Chocolate Brownies


When you think of Valentine’s Day, what is the first thing that pops into your head?

Is it cupid flying around shooting little love arrows? The sweetheart candies? A couple holding hands? Red roses?


One of the first thing that pops in my head is chocolate! Sorry Scott, I love you everyday anyway so you are not necessarily the first thing that pops in my head ūüėČ


So when Valentine’s Day rolls around every year, the craving for rich decadent gooey chocolate hits hard.


When only the best of the best will do, I make these brownies.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† They are intensely chocolate with semi sweet mini chocolate chips in every bite, a nice crumbly crust on the top (thanks to a little baking powder), and drum roll please……… rich chocolate fudgy goodness in the middle (thanks to not letting them cook quite all the way).¬† Toothpick should come out almost clean when judging for done-ness.


Dark Chocolate Brownies
Recipe type: Dessert
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Dark Chocolate brownies with a nice crust, fudge inside, and mini chocolate chips in every bite.
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2½ cup white sugar
  • 1½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¾ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tbls vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Mix dry ingredients together: cocoa powder, sugar, flour, baking powder, mini chocolate chips, and salt
  3. Melt butter and mix with other wet ingredients: eggs and vanilla
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir well
  5. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners and pour in batter almost to the top of each. About 1-2 cm away.
  6. Bake at 350 for 20-24 minutes.
Yields 14-16 brownies, using regular size muffin tin.

Brownies are done when toothpick comes out mostly clean or according to your preference for how fudgey or done like your brownies. For me, it took 22 minutes in a silicone muffin tin with cupcake liners.
Alternatively, bake for 30-35 minutes in buttered casserole dish.



Chocolate Gravy


Gravy…that is chocolate? Ew.

That is the response that I got from my hubby and siblings-in-laws.  I told them, if it made them feel better they could call it chocolate sauce. It did.  Upon tasting it, I got the seal of approval; not that I needed it for this recipe though.  It has been in my family for generations.  My great grandmother, a legendary cook who lived on a farm and could turn road kill into a feast, made this for my daddy in his childhood.  He brought the recipe to our Christmas morning breakfast feast and I look forward to this tradition every year.  I also make it on other special occasions such the annual ski trip with the in-laws! Last week-end was the first. I had a great kitchen in a big log cabin to bake in! That called for some cozy comfort food.  And this can be made in a jiffy.

Chocolate Gravy
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 6
Also known as chocolate sauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ tbsp cocoa powder (not to be confused with the sweetened kind)
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Mix sugar, cocoa, and flour in small pot until consistent. Leave no flour lumps.
  2. Add milk and stir constantly over medium heat for 5-10 minutes. It becomes thicker but is still pretty runny. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.
  3. Serve over warm biscuits.



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Best served over warm buttermilk biscuits.  Mmmm.