Growly Bear decided in her unhappy state today that she just wouldn't nap. Despite a 1 hour crying stint, and me getting her to sleep 3 time during this time, she had it in her head that she really didn't need to sleep, and would wake herself up screaming the moment I lay her down in her crib. This girl is stubborn like her daddy!
So, we got up and watched Elmo's World instead on Treehouse. I'd never watched Elmo's World before, but by 5 minutes into it, I wanted to find the nearest cliff, and take a flying leap off of it! That show is hard to take! Of course she loved it, and him, in all his squeaky annoying glory, and cried her eyes out when I quickly switched to the scroller to see if I could find something that sounded less like nails on the chalkboard. So, Elmo's World it was!
By 2:00 this afternoon, I needed a little pick me up. It was either going to be Grey Goose or Chocolate, and as tempting as the Grey Goose was, I figured that Chocolate was the much more responsible choice. So I decided to whip of a batch of my Best in the West Ooey Gooey Fudge Brownies.
Tupperwear still seems to be the toy of choice, so I gave some to my little No Nap Nelly to play with while I chefed it up. I was finishing mixing the chocolaty batter, and I was taking a moment to enjoy a couple finger-fulls of it in all it's deliciousness, cuz we all know how much I love batter and dough... and lets face it, this batter looks ultra divine!
After getting the pile, and her, cleaned up, she decided to move into the dirty tea towels. Clearly, I haven't grasped the concept that Growly Bear is on the move and into E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!
I know you are all craving brownies now, so here's my tried and true recipe. Enjoy!
Love and Hugs
Best in the West Ooey Gooey Brownies
- 1 cup butter (no substitute) melted
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
- 4 tblsp prepared strong coffee, cooled
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup good quality cocoa powder
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chip
2) Cream butter, sugar, vanilla and coffee. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with whisk after each addition. Add cocoa and beat until well blended. Add flour, baking powder and salt, beat well. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan.
3) Bake 25 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan and top begins to crack slightly. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
These brownies don't require a frosting, but you can dust with icing sugar if you'd like.