Thursday, September 10, 2009

{simply scrumptious} Brownies and a Blondie

These brownies will definitely fill your craving for something sweet, chocolatey, rich, and gooey. And, there's good news! I found this recipe in a Cooking Light magazine... so, hey, they're practically good for you! Health food! Right... right??

okay, so maybe not, but they're so decadent and yummy you won't actually care.

Dark Chocolate Cherry Brownies

3/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup cherry preserves*
1/3 cup water
5 tbsp butter
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 large egg white
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
powdered sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper and coat with cooking spray (or, simply grease the pan really well-- I didn't use parchment paper and it was ok).
Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Combine preserves, water, and butter in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Add preserves mixture to flour mixture; stir well. Add egg and egg white. Stir until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

*you can actually use any preserves you would like. I didn't have any cherry preserves on hand, but I did have blackberry, so I put that in instead. It was so good! I really want to try these with orange marmalade or raspberry... mmmm.

And while we're on the subject of things that are simply scrumptious, I would have to say that a blonde little girl in Pippi-like braids definitely falls into that category.
This was the first time I'd tried doing her hair in "pigtail braids"... I immediately fell in LOVE with how they stick out.

That's it for now! In my opinion, you should all go make some brownies. Because, you know, that's pretty much always a good thing.


.jimaie.marie. said...

omgosh i HAVE to try making those brownies for TJ! His favorite cake is when I mix a can of comstock cherries with a box of chocolate cake mix so i know he would love these!
And seriously, i want to bite her sweet cheekies! And if you know me you know that means I think your children are delicious, which is a GOOD thing. ;) What a doll <3

alyssa said...

Mmmmm, I TOTALLY WANT ONE right now!!! I'm not too fond of making a mess to clean out though *grumble*

the lady of the house said...

Delish! I'll have to go see if I've got everything in my cupboards I need :)

Band of Brothers said...

omigosh, dying a thousands deaths over the pippi braids! she is DEFINITELY gonna hafta marry a boy of mine!!! I've never seen anything cuter!

seriously those braids are so cute it hurts.

Ashley said...

yummy I am totally going to have to try them! i love the braids :)

Lauryn said...

It's been way too long since I've had brownies! And I'm going to the store right now! Dangerous...

Loving the braids. So cute!

molly june. said...

mmmmm, brownies!! you make them look so so good!

oh, & cutest braids ever! i miss being able to do a&e's hair like that!

sohobutterfly said...

Oooooooh, I love how those braids stick out. They are the cutest thing ever!

*CPA* Su said...

Those sound WAY better than boxed brownies (I cheat a little! ;) I will definitely try these!! Thanks! :)

And those piggy's are just too cute for words! (And so is the little one wearing them!)

Misty said...

i love brownies...

i am making these...

LOVE your Blondie! :)

sarah marie p said...

Yum, thanks for the recipe! I'm not a fan of cherries but I would love to try it with raspberries or strawberries! Nom nom! Blackberries sound super good too!

Aw, those pictures are adorable! What a cutie!