"Time of the Month" Brownies

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It seems this six year old blog has gotten awfully dusty. I suppose life got in the way and instead of documenting it, I decided to live it. I got a new job, I continued to edit and write (albeit significantly less than previous years, thanks that new job), my husband has been busy kicking butt and taking names at work, we somehow managed to end up with a child who is going to enter GRADE ONE and another who is going to enter JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN!!!! this September, and I am in the midst of making overwhelming life decisions that shouldn't be nearly as difficult as they are. Phew.

But I must admit, I've missed the outlet that blogging gives me. I miss writing just to write. Just to share. Just to put my voice into the universe, no matter how many or few ears it hits.

And so, I have decided to return to my space and offer up the most amazing recipe I have managed to create entirely by accident. It's my "time of the month" brownies.

Now, I don't know about you, but that time of the month is absolutely h-e-l-l for me. I am super moody, bloated up beyond belief and cannot eat enough; seriously (to steal a line from my fav Amy Schumer) I cannot fit enough food in my dumb mouth. Specifically, chocolate.

In a fit of desperation this month, I raided my pantry, found some cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate chips, decided I needed to pour all of them down my throat and somehow managed to create the best brownie recipe ever (there were a few more steps in that story, but you get the picture).

They are chewy, moist, chocolately, and just perfectly crunchy on the top. The sprinkle of sea salt at the end is probably the best choice this hormonal girl ever made.

And without further ado, I'd love to share the recipe with you.

You'll need:
1 cup butter, melted (measure one cup of butter and THEN melt it)
3 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose white flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
4 eggs
Sea salt (to sprinkle atop after baking)

What to do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking pan.

Combine melted butter, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl on low. Beat in eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly each time.

Slowly mix in flour, cocoa powder, and salt on low until completely mixed. Mix in chocolate chips by hand. Spread batter evenly in greased baking pan.

Bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven, immediately sprinkle with sea salt, and cool pan before cutting and devouring (you probably didn't need that last part of the instructions, but just in case...).

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