Love Men. Love Chocolate. Love Brownies.

Love Men. Love Chocolate. Love Brownies.

Jeff’s brownies – adapted from Brooke’s Best Bombshell Brownies

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The five things my husband loves best: ketchup, brownies, Max, Me and bikes. I know, you are all asking, “But what about the veggie burgers?” Well, Jeff’s answer to that would be, “They are just the vehicle for ketchup!” His food fetishes have always surprised me, but he was vegetarian when I met him, so I knew he would have an open mind! His culinary palate has expanded since he met me, as has mine! One thing we have in common is a love for good dark chocolate, morning coffee and brownies that stick to the teeth. This recipe is not for milk chocolate lovers, and it’s best to eat when you are willing to stay up for a few hours because these brownies will give you a jolt! Sorry vegan friends, they are unfortunately full of dairy products, but I would love to see a play on this recipe without the cow or hen involved.

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Jeff grew up with a chef father, a baker mom and a family restaurant. He knows his way around the kitchen, but rarely cooks. He made these brownies a few weeks ago and I couldn’t believe how fabulous they were. I don’t bake because I can’t have sweets around – I will eat them until they are gone, and then experience life-threatening guilt! Since Jeff doesn’t cook very often, I can legitimize the occasional pan of brownies. He usually eats at least 3/4 of them within 12 hours, so I don’t have to feel too bad for myself.

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I love this man’s hands!

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Still-life in the kitchen with man brownies! Chocolate on the butcher block is often what one finds in a vegetarian household!

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, melted

3 cups white sugar

1 Tbs. vanilla extract

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp. salt

3 ounces chopped unsweetened baking chocolate

2 Tbs. fresh ground coffee

Directions:

1. Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish.

2. Combine the melted butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Use a hand mixer moving from low speed to full throttle as quickly as possible to beat the eggs in one at a time mixing well each time.

3. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture into the butter and sugar mixture – add little by little the whole while running the hand mixer – full throttle! Hand fold in the chopped chocolate chunks and ground coffee. Spread into prepared baking dish.

4. Bake 35-40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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