Damn Brownies
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Damn, sometimes you try to be good and eat healthy. Protein. Vegetables. And then you go home and your mother wants to bake brownies. And not just any brownies. Damn Brownies.

Clearly I am never going to say no to my mother, what kind of terrible person do you take me for? At the end of the day though, I didn't mind baking the brownies. I love any opportunity to spend time with my loved ones. Living in the city is incredible. It is everything that I have ever wanted. But every once in a while I find myself in need of a little time away. Time to relax. To unwind. And to spend time with family and friends.

chicago food blog smak damn brownies1It is incredible how rejuvinating something as simple as being around ones you love can be. I left the city Saturday morning stressed out, worried about the Kids Choice Awards, about whether or not my commercial units were going to run correctly, about my to-do list that I would have to tackle on Monday. The second I stepped food into my parents' house, all that went away.

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In replace of all that worry? Laughter. Games. Dubsmash videos. Conversation. Drinks. And LOTS of food. If you can't tell, I had a very difficult time doing the prep work for today's post. Eating homemade brownies? It's a rough life.

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| Damn Brownies |

3/4 cup salted butter, plus extra for greasing 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup milk chocolate, melted 1/8 cup milk 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped 3-4 large marshmallows

Direction:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease an 8 x 12 inch baking pan.
  2. Melt the butter and pour into a bowl. Add the sugar and beat with a hand-held electric mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat well until it's smooth and creamy.
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda together in another bowl and mix together. Add the butter mixture and stir together well.
  4. Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water (making sure the base of the bowl doesn't touch the water.) Add milk if chocolate needs to be made more smooth. If your chocolate already seems smooth, skip this step.
  5. Pour the melted chocolate into the batter. Fold and blend it together. Mix in the toasted chopped pecans.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Tear each marshmallow into about three pieces and poke them into the batter so they are almost covered - some can be poking out on top and others buried deeper - keep it random.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes. Damn - these are good!