Katie Couric Has an Easy Recipe for Quick & Delicious Brownies

batch of brownies

So you, too, can be family reunion-ready.

Most KCM readers hold Katie’s weekly โ€œObsessionsโ€ post near and dear to their hearts (or at least we do). In these regular (and honestly, very charming and funny) updates, Katie writes about whatever she’s been absolutely loving lately: She waxes poetic on everything from pickleball sessions to her love for a scrumptious slice of zucchini bread recipe to her favorite books and TV shows . In her latest roundup, Katie enthuses about a reunion she hosted for a couple dozen family members in East Hampton (an arrangement she playfully refers to as โ€œforced family funโ€). According to Katie, the event has extra sentimental significance because โ€œwe used to gather for my dad’s birthday on August 28 โ€” the last time we did that was in 2010 when he turned 90.โ€ Anyone who has read goingthere knows how much Katie admired and loved her father, so we’re so happy that the Couric clan is keeping this August party tradition alive.

To prepare for her hosting duties, Katie planned a feast, of course โ€” including a dessert of โ€œsuper easy and deliciousโ€ brownies. We’re happy to say that this recipe is taken straight from the Baker’s Chocolate package. Who doesn’t love the convenience, ease, and nostalgia of a good โ€œback of the boxโ€ recipe? Katie adds that she has a soft spot for these brownies because they โ€œalways remind me of my mom.โ€ It’s so amazing how food allows us to summon feelings and memories that make it seem like our missing loved ones are in the kitchen, too. (Don’t forget the famous cake Katie holds close to her heart, because it was her dad’s favorite.)

Like Katie said, the recipe is pretty easy โ€” you just need seven ingredients, most or all of which you probably have in your pantry. If you or anyone present has allergies, keep in mind that the nuts are optional. Katie likes to finish her brownies off with a sprinkling of confectioner’s sugar, but that’s optional, too. In just over half an hour, you’ll have a fudgy, decadent dessert perfect for the family reunion, potluck, or just the random Monday evening of your dreams.

A tray of cooked brownies sprinkled with confectioner's sugar.
Katie’s homemade brownies.

Katie’s Favorite Baker’s One Bowl Brownies

Ingredients
1 pkg. (4 oz.) Baker’s Unsweetened Chocolate
3/4 cup butter or margarine
2 cups of sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup coarsely chopped Planter’s pecans

Directions
Heat oven to 350ยฐF.

Line 13ร—9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides; spray with cooking spray.

Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended. Stir in sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and nuts; mix well. For into prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 35 mins. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. (Do not overbake.) Cool completely. Use foil handles to remove brownies from pan before cutting to serve.

For cake-like brownies: Stir ยฝ cup milk into melted chocolate mixture along with the eggs and vanilla. Also, increase the flour to 1-1 ยฝ cups.

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