Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

These Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies are a hit time after time. The edges are as soft and fudgy as the center. We've even had them in place of birthday cake.By contributing writer Beth

I could eat dessert pretty much every day. That’s a fact my family has come to live with and accept. Sometimes it’s hit or miss when I’m trying out new recipes, but these Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies are a hit time after time. When we have guests, my family begs me to make these brownies. We’ve even had these brownies in place of birthday cake. They’re that special!

I know that some people love the chewy part of the brownie edges, but I’m a gooey center girl myself. And that, my friends, is my very most favorite part of these brownies. The edges are as soft and fudgy as the center. I know! It was hard for me to believe at first. I think the magic is in the parchment paper lining. It keeps the edges from overcooking.

These rich brownies are great by themselves or topped with vanilla ice cream.

Dark Chocolate Brownies
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 squares
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2¼ turbinado sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Prepare a 9 x 13 inch pan by lining it with parchment paper. Spray the parchment with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, coconut oil, and sugar. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the bowl. Stir well so that the eggs are evenly mixed.
  5. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Stir.
  6. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Stir just until they pull together. There will still be a few clumps.
  7. Add the chocolate chips and stir very lightly (maybe 8 times).
  8. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 32 minutes. Do not do a toothpick test. The batter should be barely set in the middle. If you jiggle the pan and see the middle move, then put it back in the oven for about 2 minutes.
  9. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. They will continue to cook during this time.
  10. Remove the brownies from the pan by using the parchment as handles. Move the brownies and parchment to a cooling rack. Serve warm or cool.
Notes
You can substitute all butter for the coconut oil.
You can substitute 2 cups of white sugar for the turbinado sugar. I prefer the turbinado because it has a slight molasses flavor and it adds more character to the dish.
If you use salted butter you'll want to reduce the amount of salt you add.

These Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies are a hit time after time. The edges are as soft and fudgy as the center. We've even had them in place of birthday cake.

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20 Game Day Recipes

With the Super Bowl coming up, you'll want to prepare some delicious food for those football fans. These Game Day Recipes are sure winners!

The Super Bowl is coming up soon, and whether you plan to watch it with your husband and kids, host a party, or attend a party, you’ll want to prepare some delicious food for those football fans. These Game Day Recipes are sure winners!

Appetizers & Dips

Pigs in a Blanket
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Spiced Up Deviled Eggs
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Chile Relleno Squares
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Pizza Dip
Game Day Recipes - Pizza Dip

Black Bean Dip
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Spinach Artichoke Dip
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Ham and Cheese Dip
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Chip and Veggie Dip
Game Day Recipes - Chip & Veggie Dip

Main Dish Ideas

Baked Chicken Fries
Game Day Recipes - Baked Chicken Fries

Bacon Swiss Quiches
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Mini BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
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BBQ Pork Sandwiches
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Stacked Enchiladas
Game Day Recipes - Stacked Enchiladas

Beef Nacho Casserole
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Chili Pie
Game Day Recipes - Chili Pie

Mexi-Cali Cornbread Casserole
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Spaghetti Pie
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Desserts

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Marbled Brownies
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No-Bake Cookies
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Banana Nut Bread

This quick and easy banana nut bread recipe is loaded with flavor and perfect for breakfast or an after school snack. The kids will love this sweet treat.By contributing writer Beth

This quick and easy banana nut bread recipe is loaded with flavor and perfect for breakfast or an after school snack. Your kids will love this sweet treat! I like to serve it with a big mug of warm, spiced apple cider.

You know the best time to have banana bread? When there are soft, brown bananas hanging from your banana tree! I don’t know how we ever have leftover bananas since we eat so many, but it’s possible that my kids hide a few just so I’ll make this recipe.

Tip: If you ever have more brown bananas than you can use, just peel them and throw them in a freezer bag. They freeze beautifully and come out sweet and mushy – just like you need them for baking anyway!

This recipe whips together in around 10 minutes and then fills the whole house with its delicious aroma while baking. Even though this recipe is great any time of year, I particularly like it during the cooler months when I don’t mind turning on my oven.

Banana Nut Bread
Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium bananas)
  • ⅓ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. PrehHeat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar and butter, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Whip about 1 minute until light and fluffy.
  4. Stir in the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition.
  5. Add bananas, yogurt, and vanilla. Blend well.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  7. Add the dry mixture and pecans to the banana batter. Stir quickly just until dry ingredients are combined.
  8. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Since ovens vary, you might need to cook an additional 10 minutes to get the center cooked.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a rack for about 45 minutes or until completely cooled.
  10. Cut into squares and serve. Wrap any leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

This quick and easy banana nut bread recipe is loaded with flavor and perfect for breakfast or an after school snack. The kids will love this sweet treat.

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5 Simple Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

Wouldn’t it be awesome if your kids requested veggies as much as they did pizza and pop tarts? When my kids were little I was tired of meal time battles (and chicken nuggets) so I made it my mission to get my kids to eat healthier.

Wouldn't it be awesome if your kids requested veggies as much as they did pizza and pop tarts? When my kids were little I was tired of meal time battles (and chicken nuggets) so I made it my mission to get my kids to eat healthier.

But I didn’t want my kids to make better food choices because I forced them to, I wanted them to actually like the fruits and vegetables I served at mealtime so that when they were older (and not eating every meal with me) they would continue to make smart, healthy choices.

Here’s how I expanded my children’s palate and encouraged them to eat more vegetables.

Limit sweets and processed foods when they are young.

Most children (and I know there are exceptions) will prefer a cookie over cauliflower. You can still give your children choices, but give them two healthy choices instead. I am always amazed at the two year olds who will eat anything from salad to okra, but it is usually because they have been introduced to a large variety of vegetables and fruits as babies.

Involve your children in the kitchen.

My children are always more likely to eat something they made no matter what it is. Kids like to take ownership of things and the kitchen is a great place to start. If they are old enough, they can be involved in the menu planning process, from choosing what’s for dinner, to preparing it. Younger children can help by washing fruits and vegetables, cutting softer vegetables with a butter knife, and arranging them on a plate.

Don’t be afraid of ranch dressing and cheese.

For a long time I didn’t like my kids to dip their veggies in ranch or melt cheese on their potatoes, but then I realized that if it was helping them to eat more vegetables what was the harm? You can make your own (healthier) version of ranch dressing and kids need the protein in cheese so this can be a great way to help get kids to try new vegetables.

Pay your kids to eat vegetables.

I realize this is a bit unconventional, but I tried it a few years ago when all my kids went through an exceptionally picky stage. It worked. I made a chart, had a list of vegetables I wanted them to eat, and paid them a quarter each time they ate a small helping. Little kids (especially those who think a quarter is a lot of money) are very excited to earn money by eating. What happened when I tried this was that many of my children realized that they actually liked certain vegetables that they had been unwilling to try in the past.

Sneak them into their food.

This is my least favorite option, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Smoothies are my favorite way to add extra vegetables to my kids’ diet, but you can also incorporate cooked and pureed vegetables to soups, sauces, and even pizza crust!

If you still need help, check out my ebook The Happy Housewife’s Guide to Dealing with Picky Eaters, it’s only $1.49 on Amazon.

Next week 5 Simple Ways to be On Time with Kids.

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