Daddy Deen's Brownies

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 16 squares
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Ingredients

1/2 cup walnuts 

1 1/4 cups sugar 

3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder 

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted 

2 large eggs, at room temperature 

1/2 cup all-purpose flour 

Sundae Toppings:

Vanilla ice cream

Good-quality hot fudge sauce

Sliced bananas

Chopped walnuts

Homemade Whipped Cream, recipe follows

Cherries

Homemade Whipped Cream:

1 cup heavy whipping cream 

3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8- by 8-inch baking dish with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang to use as handles to remove the brownies after they have baked.
  2. Add the walnuts to a skillet. Toast until fragrant. Remove from the skillet and roughly chop.
  3. Whisk together the sugar, cocoa and salt in a medium bowl until blended. Add the vanilla to the melted butter and vigorously whisk into the dry ingredients until blended. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, until completely mixed together. Add the flour and walnuts and stir until just combined. The batter will be thick. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes before removing from the pan and slicing into 2-inch squares.

Homemade Whipped Cream:

  1. Add the whipping cream to the bowl of a stand mixer and turn the speed to medium. Once it starts to thicken up, add the sugar and vanilla and beat until medium-firm peaks form.