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Fucking Love These Brown Sugar Brownies! Happy All Hallows’ Eve Y’all!

With chocolate, my strong belief is that one can do no wrong with it as a base for any recipe. I am partially of Swiss decent; this is still where the most chocolate per capita is consumed to this day, followed by the Brits and the beer loving Irish. The ancient Mayan civilizations referred to chocolate as being the ‘Food of the Gods’. Cocoa seeds were used as currency dating back to 1420 A.D. Throughout history chocolate has been present in almost every culture in some very significant way, even being thought of as a treatment for smallpox! Before we became the United States; the American colonies began manufacturing this magical cure-for-all for the masses in the 1760’s. The earliest factory eventually becoming today what we know of as Kraft.

Fact, it takes 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate. Remember that founding father Benjamin Franklin? He was so fond of the brown delicious ‘food of the gods’ that he ordered each soldier who fought in the French and Indian War to be sent off with around 5 pounds of it in their provisions kit.  Along with Jamaican spirits, cheese, coffee and other items, in terms of importance – I like the way this guy was thinking.

The following recipe comes from my father’s mother named Doris. She was a southern lady from South Carolina raised properly to the nines. She retyped this recipe found in McCall’s circa 1960’s and added the chocolate. In addition to that, I added whipped peanut butter. To each his own. Happy Halloween and enjoy!

 

Brown Sugar Brownies (McCalls, modified by D.Sykes and again by Tracy Sykes Garrett)

1 1/3 c. sifted flour (sift, sift, sift…please sift) *see pic of sifter below, find yours & USE IT

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt (again, I love course sea salt for baking)

1/2 c softened butter

1 c brown sugar, firmly packed

1 egg

1 tsp pure vanilla

1 bag (15 oz) chocolate morsels, semi sweet

1/2 c chopped walnuts (*optional)

2-5 tablespoons whipped peanut butter, swirled in before baking

 

preheat oven 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9x9x2 inch baking pan

sift flour with baking powder and salt

in a large bowl beat together butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth

stir in the flour mixture, chocolate & *nuts until well blended, spread into pan

bake 25-30 min or until springs back when pressed with fingertip, cool slightly

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