2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, unbeaten
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pastry or all purpose flour
(with an additional 1/2 teaspoon baking powder)
1/2 cup walnut meats (or pecans), cut in pieces (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Melt unsweetened chocolate and butter in saucepan over very low heat. Remove from heat.

Stir in remaining ingredients, mix well.

Spread mixture evenly in 9x9 inch buttered pan. Place in a preheated 325°F oven until dry on top and almost firm to the touch (approximately 30-35 minutes). Cool. Especially good with a scoop of melting vanilla ice cream on top!

Recipe courtesy of Matt’s mom, Margie.

Notes: This recipe is much better than the brownies in a box. To cut bars perfectly, freeze before cutting. I have made this recipe without nuts in a pan in the toaster oven several times without any problem.