Tuesday, August 25, 2009

FUDGY BROWNIES FOR TWO

I whipped these up in just a few minutes today and I must tell you they are delicious!! Moist, fudgy and just right for two huge 4" x 4" brownies (or six small ones). I can also see many other possibilities for these beauties. Do you have last minute company coming? Cut these into 6 small brownies and top each one with a scoop of vanilla ice cream & chocolate syrup for a wonderful dessert or cut these brownies into small pieces and layer them with chocolate pudding for a wonderful last minute parfait. Then, of course, there is always the "I need something rich and chocolate-y late night attack" --these would be PERFECT!!


Preheat your oven to 350 and spray an 8" x 4" x 2" loaf pan (recipe will give you a brownie 8" long 4" wide and 1" thick).

1/4 cup butter flavored Crisco
3 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 large egg
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Cream shortening, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and egg together until smooth. Add dry ingredients and beat until well combined. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips. Spread mixture in lightly greased loaf pan and bake 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
NOTE: To help in removing the baked brownies, I cut a piece of parchment paper (wax paper works too) the same size as the bottom of the loaf pan, except I made it twice as long. After the brownies were baked (and cooled for about 15 minutes) I used the "tails" of the paper to hang on to and lifted the brownies out of the pan.
NOTE: I decorated the top of my brownies with some whole pecans and a couple swirls of a simple chocolate glaze, but it isn't necessary. These brownies are super rich and moist, they really don't need any frosting at all.
NOTE: Recipe calls for a baking time of 15 to 20 minutes. My oven took 20 minutes.

18 comments:

Vashti said...

hi...they look yummy. Can i use butter instead of Crisco? I cant get Crisco in SOuth Africa.

Barbara Bakes said...

Great idea, I'm always eating too many brownies when I make them! I wondered about using butter instead too?

Annie Jones said...

I've bookmarked these to try, too. But like the others, I'll be baking them with butter because I don't use shortening. I think (hope) they'll be fine.

girlichef said...

mmmmm...fudgy brownies! How fun is this cute little recipe :) I may stash this away for next Valentines day... sounds delicious, of course!

betty r said...

I'm thinking hubby will like this one!

Palidor said...

Forget brownies for two... that's a brownie for ONE!! I wouldn't share that delicious brownie with anybody.

Food addict said...

Those brownies look so professional and yummy!!! I am going to have to give them a try. Thanks for sharing!!

Ingrid said...

Actually I could cut that into thirds and all the kiddos in my house would be happy. Top with ice cream, perfect! Thank goodness for late night blog surfing.
~ingrid

Katherine Aucoin said...

Your brownies are perfect. I have everything but the butter flavored shortening and i can get that on the way home. I have to try this, your recipes have never let me down.

Katy ~ said...

Coleen, this recipe is so perfect for just me and Ole Sweetie-Pi when we want only a little something sweet and fabulous! Another terrific find and share!!!

Lynda said...

I love this recipe, Coleen...I can't leave brownies alone when I make them so this would be perfect for curbing my brownie binging! Thanks!

Coleen's Recipes said...

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ASKED ABOUT USING BUTTER INSTEAD OF SHORTENING: I have not tried that, but I don't see why it would not work.

Sweet and Savory said...

I like your tweaks. I think they make all the difference in the brownies.

Monica H said...

This would be perfect for those late night cravings!

teresa said...

oh they look so yummy! i love it!

Judy said...

Great idea,and your photo is very inviting. Love the chocolate drizzle on top.

Be My Chickadee said...

This is the kind of treat that I'd have to keep 'evening up' the pieces & before I knew it, the whole thing would be gone!! So beautiful, too.

Krista said...

Looks at these! Fudgy Brownies for two...chocolate cake for one...I love your reasonably portioned recipes so that I'm not faced with a whole pan that I nibble on until it's gone. Thanks for sharing these!