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This is, without a doubt, one of the best brownie recipes I have ever tried. The recipe is from the AARP Nov/Dec magazine. Wanted to post here so it wouldn't be lost. A little does go a long way, because these are so rich! If needed for a cookie exchange, you could cut these into 1" squares. If for yourself, cut more generously. If you need to serve a crowd, increase the recipe by 2 1/2 times and bake in a 9"x13" pan. They will need a little more time in the oven this way. Make sure to test for doneness with a knife.
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- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch ground cloves
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 5 pcs
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate or 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 grated orange, zest of
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (Used pecans because that is what we had and it was still great)
- 1/2 cup plump dried cherries (make sure they are soft)
- 1Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 325F degrees. Line an 8" square baking pan with aluminum foil and butter the foil or use nonstick foil.
- 2In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and spices.
- 3Put a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Put the butter in the bottom of the bowl, then add the chopped chocolates. Heat, stirring occasionally, just until the ingredients are melted - don't get them so hot that the butter separates. Remove the bowl from the pan.
- 4Using a whisk, stir the sugars into the butter-chocolate mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla and the grated orange zest and whisk the mixture energetically. Gently mix in the dry ingredients, stirring only until they are incorporated. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold in the nuts and cherries. Turn the batter into the prepared pan and even the top with the spatula.
- 5Bake the brownies for about 25 minutes, or until the top no longer looks wet and a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Place the pan on a rack and cool to room temperature.
- 6When the brownies are cool, turn them over onto the rack, peel away the foil, and invert them onto a cutting board. Using a ruler and a long, thin knife, cut the brownies into 1"x1" bites.
- 7Storage tips: Wellpwrapped and uncut, the brownies will keep at room temperature for 4 to 5 days; cut, they will keep for about 3 days. They can be frozen for up to 2 months.
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Nutritional Facts for Cherry and Spice Brownie Bites
Serving Size: 1 (609 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 34.2
- Calories from Fat 20
- Total Fat 2.2 g
- Saturated Fat 0.7 g
- Cholesterol 8.9 mg
- Sodium 20.8 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 3.2 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
- Sugars 2.4 g
- Protein 0.5 g
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