Man Catcher Brownies

As I type this post, I’m in the midst of a raging internal conflict, the likes of which I haven’t experienced in quite some time.  There’s a new Downton Abbey on, but The Proposal, The Holiday, and The Notebook are also all airing simultaneously.  What’s a girl to do?

This girl made man-catcher brownies.  They came up as the result of a conversation with a co-worker.  Hi co-worker!  Our talk turned to baking the other day, and she mentioned that these brownies, that ran in The Washington Post this time four years ago, were some of the best she’s ever had.  With a name like man-catcher brownies, I was intrigued.  Unfortunately, I have do not have a man on whom to test these brownies.  I have a man who cannot distinguish one baked good from another.

So I cannot speak to the validity of their name.  I can, however, speak to the blurb about them in the paper: “These are for purists who like nothing but brownie in their brownie.”  And indeed they are.  Hello, my new go-to brownie.  These are classic, and a great spring-board for any kind of fun flavors you might be inspired to add.

Or you can leave them as they are.  They’re housewife brownies.  Make them with an apron on brownies.  What am I going to make for the bake sale tomorrow brownies.  Or, in the case of this evening’s television schedule, girly movie night brownies.  Happy Valentine’s Day.

To make a 9 x 13 pan of Man Catcher Brownies, you will need:

  • 3 sticks butter
  • 2 C cocoa powder, sifted
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 C granulated sugar
  • 2 C brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9 x 13 pan with foil or parchment and spray with cooking spray.  Melt butter in saucepan.  Stir in cocoa powder till combined.  Set aside to cool.

Whisk eggs in large bowl.  Add sugars and vanilla and whisk till combined.  Stir in cooled butter mixture.  Fold in flour and salt with a fork, stirring just till combined, and not a second more.  Spread batter evenly in pan.

Bake 40 minutes, until tester comes out clean-ish (with a few crumbs).  Let cool before cutting brownies.

9 thoughts on “Man Catcher Brownies

  1. i waited until after i fed one to sean to tell him what they are called. then i said, “caught you.” i was entertained… he was not.

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