Wednesday, December 31, 2014


We first experienced these brownies at the Kansas City Symphony's Holiday Notes of Homes Tours. We love going every year to see homes decorated for the holidays and always hope to see some ideas we can bring back and incorporate in our home decorations. At the Holiday Boutique, there is always a table selling the A Taste of Kansas City I and II Menus and More Cookbooks and best of all, offering some samples of goodies from the cookbook. The cookbook is a collection of recipes from the Friends of the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired in Kansas City. 

Janice and I have never bought either of the cookbooks, but Friend Marilyn did buy one this year and she said she would share a recipe or two from it with me. 

A couple of weeks later when Janice and I were at an estate sale and, you guessed it, I was checking out the cookbooks, I found a copy of II for sale. This recipe, Jim's Brownies, is a recipe of Jim Pittman of Black Tie Desserts. I decided it would be a perfect gift for a friend for Christmas. I'm looking forward to trying some more of the recipes in the cookbook in 2015.


1/2       cup butter or margarine, melted (1 stick)
1           cup of sugar (or 1/2 cup sugar/stevia blend)
1           teaspoon vanilla
2          eggs
1/2       cup flour
1/4       teaspoon baking powder
1/3       cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2       cup (generous) white chocolate chips
1/2       cup (generous) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2       cup (generous) walnut pieces (optional)

Powdered sugar, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 9 - inch square pan by lightly spraying pan with nonstick cooking spray. 

Mix together the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.

Add the eggs and stir.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and cocoa and then add to the butter mixture.

Fold in chips and nuts, if using them.

Spread in pan.

Bake 24 minutes. Do not overbake.

Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

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