Confession: I have never made brownies from scratch. It’s always been Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines, y’all. I’m not sure why, but I guess I thought making brownies from scratch would be hard because recipes scare me. Seriously. Although, once I start making something it usually ends up being way easier than I’ve told myself it would.
This is the first recipe I’ve made in my new KitchenAid mixer and these brownies ended up being really good, but the texture isn’t quite what I was expecting. Im not sure if I didn’t cook them long enough or maybe I didn’t let them cool long enough before I cut them. Mike loves them, but I’m still on the fence.
The recipe came from the instruction manual that comes with the mixer. It’s a really easy recipe for someone who has never made brownies from scratch before and it also gives you the mixing speeds to use so you can get the hang of the new mixer. I decided to add peanut butter chips instead of the nuts because Mike wanted peanut butter in his brownies.
Getting used to the mixer was a little bit of a challenge only because it’s SO different than any other mixer I’ve ever used. It does everything so fast and I’m not used to that. Anyway, the recipe is below and if you’re a newbie baker like me you’ll find that they’re really quick and easy to make. Let me know how they turn out if you make them!
- 1 cup margarine or butter, softened, divided
- 4 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (I added about a half a cup of peanut butter chips instead of nuts because Mike is a party pooper doesn’t care for nuts in brownies.)
- Melt 1/2 cup butter and chocolate in a small sauce pan over low heat; set aside to cool.
- Place remaining butter, sugar, and vanilla in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater to mixer. Turn to Speed 2 and mix about 30 seconds. Turn to Speed 6 and beat about 2 minutes. Turn to Speed 4 and add eggs, one at a time, beating about 15 seconds after each addition. Stop and scrape bowl.
- Add cooled chocolate mixture. Turn to Speed 2 and mix about 30 seconds. Stop and scrape bowl. Add all remaining ingredients. Turn to Stir Speed and mix until well blended.
- Pour into greased and floured 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack and cut.