Wednesdays Unplugged – Ghirardelli Award Winning Brownies

NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!


"Tell the negative committee that meets in your head to sit down and shut up." ~ Kathy Kendall

It's been a fun week watching the Olympics… and the snow starting to melt around here. Speaking of melting snow, it sounds like flooding is an all too real possibility in many Minnesota communites this spring. The worst predictions are for Fargo, ND, where we lived for nearly 10 years…could be a difficult spring for those communities.


I had a real craving for rich, thick and chewy brownies after the delicious brownie we shared for dessert at Spill the Wine recently. I found a recipe for Ghirardelli Award Winning Brownies online which did not disappoint. I made a few substitutions with what I had on hand…still delicately yummy.


  • Brownies-ghirardelli 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup Ghirardelli sweet ground chocolate and cocoa powder (I substituted half each sugar and unsweetened cocoa power)
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup Ghirardelli double chocolate chips (I used Nestle semi sweet chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a spoon, stir the eggs with sugar. Add the vanilla. Stir in the melted butter.

Sift the chocolate powder with the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir flour mixture into the egg mixture. Add the nuts and chocolate chips.

Spread in a greased 8-inch square pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until just set. Let cool completely.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results –


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