Not me. I know better. I have learned that it is pointless for me to try any of those things in January. There is just too much junk food leftover from the holidays. I have no self-discipline unless I have the right mind set. And of course, you know of my obsession with chocolate.
Because I'm weak like that.
Much like my stomach muscles.
If there is chocolate around, I'm is sure to be found.
But I finally felt ready. Ready to embark on that journey towards getting my tiny bicep bump back. To accomplishing yet again, three whole push-ups in a row. And to take a little jiggle out of the back side jello.
But then Luke invited some neighbors over for dessert last night. And I knew I was doomed. I mean, I can't be rude and offer dessert and not eat any myself!
So I went recipe hunting. And I found it. I read the ingredients and I knew it was perfect. It was like the devil himself had made it just for me, knowing I couldn't resist. After a few minor adjustments to the recipe, it was ready.
Now, to be completely honest, I'm not a huge brownie fan. I mean, I like them, I'll eat them, but I've had enough bad brownie's to be wary of them.
Kind of like dirty diapers. You just never know what kind you're going to get.
Still, I made the brownies. And I loved them. I think I deserve a medal because I only ate one last night. Who should I petition for that?
But now I have a problem. I have a pan of delectable chocolate yumminess sitting on my counter. Calling my name. Beckoning me to come and partake and forget all about squats and lunges. I'm not sure I can resist! I just might have to put myself out of my misery.
Oh dang... too late.
Well, since misery loves company, here is the recipe!
Layers of Love Chocolate Brownies
(A Nestle Tollhouse recipe, altered by me. That's where the picture came from too.)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup baking cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut in pieces
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 large eggs, divided
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 8-inch-square baking pan.
COMBINE flour, cocoa and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla extract; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Reserve 3/4 cup batter. Spread remaining batter into prepared baking pan. Sprinkle white morsels over batter. Drizzle caramel topping over top. Beat remaining egg and reserved batter in same large bowl until light in color. Stir in milk chocolate morsels. Spread evenly over caramel topping.
BAKE for 30 to 35 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.
*Note: I used medium eggs instead of large and my batch was more fudgey and less cakey.
Now wasn't that worth a few pounds? I suppose I should apologize if I ruined anyone's resolutions. (cackle cackle cack.... cough cough) I mean.... (sweet innocent smile)
What's your sweet tooth weakness?