Executive Mansion Budget Crunch Brownies
Former Governor Mike Easley
The former first family served these brownies during receptions at the North Carolina Governors Mansion. The recipe was considered to be budget friendly based on the budget shortfall during Easley’s term as Governor.
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. In a saucepan or microwave, melt chocolate and butter. Blend in sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and nuts. Pour the mixture into the baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool slightly and cut into bars.
Yield: 24 brownies