Ralph’s World Famous Chocolate Brownies!

You didn’t think I’d start with anything else did you? I mean, these are like my secret weapon. I make them for my mom when she’s overworked, for Willie when he’s lost a hockey game, and for Tracy and Lester whenever they ask. I once brought in a whole batch for my class at school and Mrs. Garnett told me they were the best brownies in the whole world. She’s been around the world, so she knows! Some people put nuts in their brownies. I don’t because Pig Face (whoops, I mean Lester) is allergic to them. These are crunchy on the outside and fudge-y on the inside!
You’ll need someone older to help you make these!

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup of butter, cut into large pieces (you can use a regular butter knife)
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I use a Belgian chocolate bar and just snap the pieces off
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup flour
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray or put parchment paper in the bottom, letting the edges go up the side of the pan if you want to pull them out as one big brownie.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate in a bowl in the microwave for 75 seconds. MAKE SURE YOU USE POT HOLDERS WHEN YOU TAKE THE BOWL OUT OF THE MICROWAVE. Stir with a wooden spoon until it’s all mixed together and smooth.
  3. Stir in the sugar with your wooden spoon.
  4. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, until everything is all mixed together. It may take you a few times to get good at breaking eggs!
  5. Gently add in the cocoa and salt until stir until they’re combined and then add the flour and stir again. Lot of stirring, huh? Baking is all about stirring!
  6. Pour your batter into pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. You’ll know the brownies are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only moist crumbs, not all goopy. It took me 40 minutes in my oven, but yours might be hotter!
  7. Let cool completely, or until you can’t wait any more (at least 15 minutes). Cut into 9 squares. Yum!

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