Date Night Brownies

Last night my husband and I enjoyed a little respite from the rigors of a massive home remodel with a mini-date.

The kids went down the road to Grandma’s for supper and he and I shared a frozen pizza in relative quiet before heading back to sanding floors.

Even though it was a simple date, I knew that a chocolate treat would be just the thing to make it special.

So I whipped up this rich decadent brownie topped with almonds and chocolate chips. Since it was made in an 8 x 8 pan, it’s not a recipe I use often. (With a family the size of mine a pan that small would be consumed in the blink of an eye! I go industrial size on my baking.)

The brownies worked. After a few bites we went from a strategic planning session to remembering why we got married in the first place. We left the details behind and started laughing, remembering and reconnecting.

Once again we proved the power of chocolate!

The Deep Dish Brownie

Mix together 3/4 cup melted butter, 1 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Add 3 eggs, beating well.

In a separate bowl combine 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup cocoa, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Add flour to the egg mixture gradually until well-blended. Pour into a greased 8 x 8 square pan.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips and chopped nuts.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until edges pull away from the pan.

Enjoy with your “honey”!