Thursday, February 19, 2009

Brownie Knife

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday morning when I got my daily P31 Ministries email devotional. It was the one I had submitted! Check out Brownie Knife.

(Fresh out of the oven! Where's the "scratch and sniff" technology when you need it?)

I thought this might be an appropriate time to share Basham Brownies with you. I'm not much into box brownies, although they will do in a pinch if you add nuts to them. But, then there are some who are not much into homemade brownies. Don't you love having options?

Basham Brownies
(as adapted from
Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies

1 cup butter, melted
3 cups sugar
(I like a mixture of white and brown or to add a little molasses to the white)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
(or almond or rum or coffee flavoring, you choose :-)
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
dash salt
1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
(we love dark chocolate chips, but semi-sweet works well too)
(or 1 cup chocolate and 1 cup peanut butter chips....mmmm)
chopped nuts, if you like

Set oven to 350 degrees. I use a Wilton 9X13 metal pan, lightly greased. This yields about 30 thick brownies. You may also use a larger cookie sheet to yield more, but thinner brownies for a crowd. 

Combine melted butter, sugars and flavoring. Beat in the 4 eggs until thoroughly mixed.

Stir in flour, cocoa and dash of salt until blended. Add chips, then smooth into prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes for the 9X13 pan and about 15-20 minutes for the cookie sheet.

Don't forget this part, maybe one of the most important steps

Now go ahead and try the brownie knife!


ronandwhit said...

Sounds yummy! Thanks for the recipe and the devotional today. What a great reminder that God has made each of us unique with specific gifts to use for His glory and not to compare ourselves to others. I needed that today :).

Renee said...

Thanks Sylvia, for another great illustration of how God has made us unique with special gifts. Great visual. Every time I look at those plastic knives you get in take out meals, I will think about it.

God bless you, you have definitely been given the gift of words (writing).


Lisha said...

Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. I am so blessed to know women like you who are continutally pointing me to my Savior and reminding me what is important. Thank you for being such a great mentor.

The Chilsons said...

Thank you Sylvia! What a blessing and encouragement you are to me! I hardly even know you, but you bless me more than you will ever know! Thank YOU! Now, where did I put that 9x13 pan, its time to make some brownies!

John and Brenden said...

Ditto everything everyone has said, and... my what a handsome young model you have there!

Creech Family said...

What a great devotion and exactly what I needed to hear tonight! Thanks!! (Now I'm off to make some brownies... yummm!!!)

Matt @ The Church of No People said...

Sylvia - I'm so glad I could help you enlighten so many women and improve their marriages! Brownies never hurt either!

Jennifer said...

I too was excited to read your P31 devotion...another really good one. I must say I am surprised that you didn't know it was being used that day - talk about a surprise! God is definitely using your writing....your gift, no doubt!

And thanks for the recipe...the picture even looks good enough to add some pounds! I'll be sure to give them a try..

Have a great weekend!

carol at A Secnd Cup said...

My soul and my hips are blessed!

Tori said...

Nice Brownies!
And thanks for the website!!
Yes, I am enjoying my basket that is full of lots of fun goodies!!!!!

Dena said...

thanks so much for sharing...and i can't wait to try the brownies - yummo! oh, and Calvin IS going to play the flag football, he figured any football is better than none. Dave is signed up for baseball again. They are both doing basketball thru New Life Camp Upwards....where did yours play?

Jennifer said...

Hey Sylvia...just stopped by to say I made the brownies for a ladies' meeting at my home tonight! The snacks are all things chocolate - perfect!! I did have to "steal" one...just for testing purposes! Can't wait to serve them - thanks for sharing the recipe.

Hope your week is going well! Jennifer

Dena said...

hello? Sylvia? is this thing on??? anyone out there??? where'd you go???