The Most Wonderful Brownies

I have been a Marion Blackberry Pie judge for several years at both the Oregon State Fair and Oregon Berry Festival. This does not make me an expert with Hazelnut baking contests however I can personally attest that these Brownies are “The Most Wonderful Brownies Ever”!


And did I say Chocolate? I mean “The Most Wonderful CHOCOLATE Hazelnut Brownies Ever” they will make you the envy of your neighborhood scratch bakers. I’m Linda Strand and I work for Columbia Empire Farms, we grow Marion Blackberries and Hazelnuts in Dundee and Sherwood, Oregon. Recipe, Julie Wheeler, First Prize Winner, Oregon State Fair, Hazelnut Baking Contest


Julie insists on the use of a wooden spoon in making this recipe. Otherwise, it does not come out as well. Baker beware!





 

The Most Wonderful Brownies Ever

Makes 24 two inch brownies

Recipe:

2 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 sticks butter
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
6 eggs
1 tblsp. vanilla
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup chopped Oregon Hazelnuts (divided)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9 X 13" baking pan. 

In a large microwavable bowl, place semisweet chocolate chips and butter. Cook on high for 2 minutes. Stir mixture with wooden spoon until all of the chips and butter are melted. 

In the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the sugar, flour, salt and baking powder. Stir to mix thoroughly. 

Add the eggs and vanilla to the chocolate mixture, blending well with a wooden spoon. 

Pour this mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix on medium speed for 30 seconds, just until ingredients are blended. Stir in the milk chocolate chips and 1/2 cu. hazelnuts. Spread into prepared pan. Sprinkle with remaining hazelnuts. 

Bake until the brownie starts to come away from the sides of the pan, about 35 minutes. Cool before cutting to serve.