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Monday, July 11, 2005 

Brownie Points for these Brownies!

Guess I'm on a Cooking Light kick. I went through a number of my "collection" this weekend, just casual relaxing reading. (I find reading cookbooks and cooking magazines are very relaxing) I agree with reader Rurality...I have never had anything bad from Cooking Light. But I am jealous over her being able to go on a tour of their buildings! (But not quite as much jealousy I have over Sylvie cooking with Tyler.....ggrrrrr....but I love her blogs - Soul Food Kitchen, Journey by Family Influence, and Food Blog S'cool, too much to hold a grudge "forever"!)

So, today, we turn to "brownies" of a "lighter" variety.

Fudgy Mocha-Toffee Brownies

Coffee and toffee give these rich chocolate brownies a unique twist. Store leftovers (if there ARE any left) brownies in an airtight container for up to a week.

2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
1/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/4 cup toffee chips

Preheat oven to 350º.

Coat bottom of a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

Combine coffee and hot water, stirring until coffee dissolves.

Combine butter and chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high 1 minute or until butter melts; stir until chocolate is smooth.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine coffee mixture, butter mixture, vanilla, and eggs in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add coffee mixture to flour mixture; stir just until combined. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle evenly with toffee chips.

Bake at 350º for 22 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Yield: 20 servings (or if you are like me.....3 one for lunch...one for mid afternoon snack...one for dinner!)

NUTRITION PER SERVINGCALORIES 145(30% from fat); FAT 4.8g (sat 2.4g,mono 1.8g,poly 0.3g); PROTEIN 2.2g; CHOLESTEROL 30mg; CALCIUM 23mg; SODIUM 121mg; FIBER 1.1g; IRON 0.9mg; CARBOHYDRATE 24.9g

*Cooking Light also has an email newsletter that I enjoy tremendously, too! sign up here. *

OK I won't tell you that they also gave us little cooking classes, talked to us a while about food photography, and fed us, among other things! :)

They also gave away as a door prize the most wonderful grill you've ever seen in your life. Sadly, I didn't win it though.

One of these days I'm going to post something on my adventure with Tyler. I must admit, it was one of the highlights of my life.

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