Baking with Julia – Best Ever Chocolate Chunk Brownies

So I don’t know if everyone’s noticed, but the holiday season is upon us and I am just NOT feeling it this year. It’s probably a by-product of working in retail for the last 5 Christmases or the fact that I don’t have any children that I need to pretend for but I am distinctly not looking forward to the holidays. I just find the whole thing stressful and un-fun. Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely looking forward to seeing and spending time with my family but the travel and being away from work when we’re sure to be incredibly busy is really stressing me out. Plus it’s totally PMS-eat-your-feelings-time all up in here so these brownies really couldn’t have been more appropriate. And if you’re offended that I mentioned my lady-times in this medium then you’re probably a man and you can just get bent for the next 3-5 days. Capiche?

I mixed these up last night and they are definitely different than other brownies I have made.

They start out in the best possible way (butter and 2 different kinds of chocolately darkness making friends in my little makeshift double-boiler). Then it gets a little funky with the whole eggs and sugar step. The directions were a tad confusing but I got it in the end.

Check out those beautiful whipped eggs getting cozy with the deep, dark chocolate. Try to ignore my crusty oven mitt in the corner. I keep meaning to throw it in the wash, but it just never happens. Just for funsies I added in a whole bag of Nestle Chocolate Chunks because I like there to be some texture in my brownies – as long as the texture isn’t walnuts. Walnuts are the worst. The end.

Everyone was talking about how they had to bake these for way longer than directed but I took them out right at 26 minutes and I think they’re pretty perfect. The directions said they should be kind of ooey-gooey and they definitely are but I am a fan of that. I didn’t let them cool completely because why on earth would I do that and when I ate a warm one it was very reminiscent of a lava cake.

Totally yummy x 1000. I contemplated throwing in some chopped Twix bars because my lovely husband unit bought me a whole bag of Fun-Size Twix but I am going to save those for another project. Or I might just continue eating them until they’re gone. Only time will tell. My only complaint about this recipe would be all the folding. I hate folding. It is also the worst. On par with walnuts. But I am forced to admit that it was worth it. If you want to brave all the folding and weird egg techniques that contributing baker Rick Katz made me go through before I got my chocolate fix, head over to A Beautiful Mess for the recipe.

In other news, it’s almost Thanksgiving. We are doing a small meal on Thursday with just Tristan and I and a friend and then going home to MN for the weekend to have big Thanksgiving on Sunday with my family. Here’s what I’m thinking of making the for the little meal:

Cranberry Meatloaf

Pumpkin Scalloped Potatoes

Roasted Turkey Breast


Perfect Apple Crisp

Yeah I know it seems like a lot of food for just three of us but I can’t help myself. I’m mostly handling the desserts for our Sunday dinner and I think I’m going to make Sweet Potato Pie with Cream Cheese Swirl instead of a plain ol’ pumpkin pie. Clearly the baking aspect of the holidays is still appealing to me. Hope everyone has a great weekend filled with delicious foodstuffs!

19 thoughts on “Baking with Julia – Best Ever Chocolate Chunk Brownies

  1. Ha, I have been telling people all week that I wish it was January 15th already.
    Your chunky brownies have the perfect level of goo in them!
    have a great holiday. (Your mini-feast sounds great)

  2. Maggie, your “Best-Ever Brownies” look delectable. They are deep, dark, chocolaty and fudgy – just the way brownies are supposed to be!

    Hope you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I agree with Cher, your mini-feast sounds just perfect!

  3. I lover your ‘terms’ lady times haha – right up there with lady boner which I would have if I ever made these brownies but it will never happen. Send brownies now!

  4. These brownies are PMS-perfect! When I went to buy unsweetened chocolate, at the cash register I realized that I am buying chocolate, butter, and tampons 🙂 The choco pieces are a nice addition to the brownies. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Great Post….very entertaining! Loving the chunky brownies. Perhaps you could change the name of the brownies to Best Ever PMS Brownies! Could sell those babies! 🙂

  6. I loved these as well, I took mine out at 26 mins too and they were perfect!
    Yours look amazing!

    You do make more of an effort with kids over the crazy season, for me it all went into stopping them from crying whenever they saw a big fat man dressed in red that tried to give them lollipops at the shops! I don’t have one photo of my kids sitting on Santa’s lap!

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