1 ½ sticks of butter, unsalted
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (or 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate)
4 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla (or ¼ cup orange liqueur)
1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
Optional – 1 cup chopped almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts
Powdered sugar for garnish
Grease 9 x 13 baking pan. Preheat the oven to 350.
Place the butter and chocolate into a microwavable bowl or measuring cup. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until melted. Set aside and allow to cool. (Or you can use a double boiler to melt the chocolate and butter.)
Place the eggs in a medium mixing bowl and beat in the sugar until the mixture is thick and a pale lemon color.
Stir in the vanilla (or orange liqueur if you prefer) and the cooled chocolate and butter mixture. Mix until color is uniform.
Carefully mix the flour, baking powder, and salt into the chocolate mixture. Add the nuts if desired.
Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick tester comes out slightly fudgy, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven. Cool and slice into brownies. Sprinkle powdered sugar on the brownies if you like.