There are two types of brownies. Cake like brownies and fudgie brownies. Both types of brownies have their place. Some folks like cake brownies. Some like fudgie brownies. Then there are those folks like myself who like either and both types of brownies.
The next question is with nuts or without. Then again many people have very firm opinions. There are those who are chocolate purists that cringe at the thought of nuts being added to a perfectly fine brownie. Cake or fudgie. Myself, I like them with or without nuts. It’s just a preference I suppose. However, I do find myself baking brownies without nuts. It’s a timing thing with me. The more time I spend preparing the brownie batter the more time I have to wait for brownies.
I usually bake brownies when I have an undeniable craving for something chocolate that can be prepared fairly quickly. Brownies fit the bill on both counts. In less than 30 minutes, prep time included, you can bake these babies (brownies) and be waiting for them to cool. To be devoured. What better snack or dessert.
For years, I have been making cake like brownies like these here. And I have been perfectly happy with the results. Well, almost. Lately, I missed the crackled top of the boxed mix brownies. My cake brownies made with cocoa were lacking the crackled top. A sign of a real brownie in my opinion. So began my quest for a recipe that gave me a brownie crackled top.
I began reading that melting butter till liquid would give me the results I was seeking. Aha, I haven’t been melting butter thoroughly. I admit it. I melt butter till I can stir it. Not thoroughly melted. So, I started my cocoa brownie recipe again this time making the sure the butter was all the way melted. No, that was not the key to a fudgie crackled brownie.
Chocolate Chips Are The Answer
Then I researched that adding chocolate chips to the butter was the key to a fudgie brownie with crackled tops. I melted the butter with the chocolate chips int the microwave because that’s how I roll. Easy. No standing at the stove stirring the butter and chocolate chips. Then I tried my recipe again. Success. Crackled tops. Fudgie brownie. Moist and chewy. Ahh. Delicious.
My Very Best Fudgie Brownie Recipe
Before cutting into squares, let the brownies cool completely. I know waiting is the hardest part but it is very important to get the best brownie experience.
If you must add nuts, you have my permission to add 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts to the batter before pouring into the pan.
I believe in lots of chocolate. Whether in brownies or any other form. If you think any more than 1 cup of chocolate chips, feel free to toss in a few more. Let me know how this turns out for you. Have you been on a quest for the very best fudgie brownie recipe? I think you are at the end of your quest with this brownie recipe.