Almond Brownies

When people stop by your house to meet your newborn, or perhaps play with your active toddler, it’s always nice to be able to offer them a chocolatey treat.  Or at least that’s what my Mom and I told ourselves when we decided that we should bake some brownies for my sister.  See, we had stocked the freezer but not the cookie jar.

Our mission was to bake something sweet that did not require a trip to the grocery store.  These cocoa brownies from Smitten Kitchen fit the bill.  Requiring just butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla, eggs, and flour, you just might have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now.  And I would urge you to go ahead and make a batch, because these brownies were smooth, rich, and fudge-like, similar to flourless chocolate cake.

We added 2/3 cup of chopped almonds which provided a bit of crunch, but that almost detracted from the silky texture.  Next time I would skip the nuts and keep all the attention on the chocolate.  It’s amazing what cocoa powder and butter can do. 


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