Carrie Maldonado – Writer

Freelance writer, wordsmith, and novelist

Okay, everyone, I think you know the drill by now. I am on a quest to include all the fun things I didn’t keep in my novel Grace Group. Namely, the recipes. Now you may ask…why were there recipes in the book, or perhaps, why didn’t you keep them if you like them so much that you keep blogging about them? Grace Group is a story about Holly Matthews’ quest to find meaning and purpose in her life after she receives a fatal diagnosis. Early in the book she joins a support group for people in her situation, and they work through their problems together. Eventually there is a HUGE GIGANTIC HOLY  MOLY plot twist and the focus shifts to the afterlife, spiritual truths, redemption, and salvation.

But there are still snacks. In my original version, every chapter started with a meeting of the grief group (one of the working titles), and the snacks figured prominently because…well…I love snacks. And baking. But because of the HUGE GIGANTIC HOLY MOLY plot twist, the meeting thing didn’t work quite as well and quite frankly, the snacks were throwing off my pacing. I tried really hard to keep them, but you can’t really follow up a (literal) come to Jesus moment with brownies. At least, I can’t. But that doesn’t mean one just forgets about the brownies, either. So here are

Sandra’s heavenly (ahem) brownies.

  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 squares of unsweetened baking chocolate (or 6 TBSP cocoa and 2 additional TBSP butter)
  • Melt on a stove until combined. Don’t get involved in a book and forget to stir. It will burn and smell gross and taste grosser.
  • Add in 1 cup granulated sugar. Mix well, but it will be grainy.
  • Beat in 2 eggs. Note…you have to do this really quick because the mixture is hot and you don’t want scrambled eggs in your brownies. Yuck. If you want to do this the right way, beat the eggs in a separate bowl and drizzled the hot stuff into them to warm them up. Honestly, I just throw those suckers in and beat really fast and it almost always works out.
  • Add the best vanilla you have. One glop. Or 2 tsp or so.
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt. I like to add more when I’m going to be including the glaze and chocolate chips (more on that in a minute) to cut the sweetness a bit.
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Bake in an 8×8 (or 9×9) pan for about 25 minutes at 350. If they’re not baked enough they just taste like fudge, but don’t overcook them.

You can get really creative with these. I usually add chocololate chips and often peanut butter chips too. Pecans go great in here. Pretty much anything goes good in here. They’re more than enough BUT if you want to get extra decadent…

Just Wing it Brownie Glaze

  • Melt some butter. How much? I don’t really know…about ¼ cup I guess
  • Whisk in some cocoa until it’s the right color and then mix in the icing sugar and vanilla until it’s thick but pour-able. Add milk if you get too thick. Adjust everything to taste and slather it all over the warm brownies. Don’t you just love saying warm brownies? Sigh…

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