Friday, February 1, 2013

One Bowl Maple Walnut Brownies

I really don't like washing dishes. Do you? These brownies are easy and I since I'm on vacation from work this week, it was easy to eat too many of them. Usually I bring leftovers to work to get rid of them. My co-workers LOVE treats. Since Valentine's Day is coming up, you could probably use a cookie cutter to make heart brownies for your Valentine, or bake the mixture in a heart shaped muffin pan if you have one. 

You could use different types of chocolate or nuts in these, or replace the maple extract with vanilla or other extracts.

Obviously my healthy lifestyle isn't going well so far this year.

One Bowl Maple Walnut Brownies
16 squares

1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon maple extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350F and spray/flour an 8x8 inch pan.

In a microwave safe bowl, heat the butter and chocolate chips for about 45 seconds, or until you can stir them together and the chocolate is melted. 

Stir the sugar into the chocolate mixture until well combined, followed by the eggs and maple extract. I used a rubber spatula to mix everything. 

Now, add the cocoa and flour and stir just until combined. Gently stir in the nuts and chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly. 

Bake for about 15 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. 

Cool completely before slicing into 16 squares. Store in an airtight container. If you leave them sitting out they will get dry around the edges. 

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