Fabulously Fudgy Brownies

by Maureen on May 18, 2014

fabulously fudgy brownies

I’ve missed you. I got a cold and then John was very unwell and as my good friend Judith says, “Maureen, your first duty of care is to yourself.” She scolds me when I put everyone ahead of John and me. Not this week. I’ve been a dutiful wife.

We’ve had a few laughs though. Early last week I decided to be bad and went out for fast food. John was asleep when I left so I figured I’d go to the next town to get the one I wanted. Turned out to be a dumb decision.

After I got the food my car wouldn’t start. I called John and no answer. His mobile phone was turned off too. I wasn’t in the happiest mood. I figured I’d walk to the bus stop and take the bus home.

I’m waving like crazy at the bus driver as he drove right past me as if I were invisible. So I walked all the way home. It was a long walk.

That’s not the funny bit.

As I was walking under a row of trees I heard all sorts of racket above my head and it was BATS. yes, bats. I started walking a bit faster and then the biggest pile of bat poop landed on my head. Gross!

It wasn’t funny then but it gets funnier in the telling.

Fast forward to yesterday afternoon. I was sweeping the patio and in the palm tree above me were two crows giving each other hell and yes, one of the bastards pooped on my head.

Now bat poop didn’t smell but crow poop? I couldn’t get in the shower fast enough. John tried really hard not to laugh at me but he failed. He was standing right next to me – it was his turn for pete’s sake!

What I needed then was a brownie, a nice fudgy brownie full of walnuts. Just like this.

fabulously fudgy brownies

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Fabulously Fudgy Brownies
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Fudgy, barely undercooked brownies filled with chocolate chips and walnut pieces. Heaven.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
  • 1-1/3 cups plain flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350C
  2. In a bowl, add the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt, walnuts and chocolate chips. Mix to combine.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs and vanilla.
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Don't overmix.
  5. Spread in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan greased and lined with baking paper.
  6. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Slightly underbaked leaves the brownies very fudgy.

Charlie the Oodle

Now those of you who’ve been following me for a while and know my good friend Charlie.  He has his own Instagram account now.  It was only created yesterday and already he’s got some delightful followers.  Sally_the_cavoodle, buzzandthepigs, and imcharliethecavoodle were his first followers.  If you’d like to share the love, he’s charlietheoodle.

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Gourmet Getaways May 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm

That was one gross and funny experience, Maureen! But some cultural folklore believes when you dream of or step on poop or get pooped on (eow!), it’ll bring you good luck. And that’s probably why you got rewarded with a really fab fudgy brownie that looks sooo chewy and delicious. Charlie’s cute in that pic, too!

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Simone May 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Ooo Maureen… Ok I gotta confess I did laugh a little bit… Really just a little bit…:) But what a day you had! Definitely a good reason to eat that entire batch of brownies!


Bam's Kitchen May 20, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Thanks Maureen, I need one of those good old chuckles, not that your story is funny at the time it was happening but later on I am sure one day you will look back on this day with fond memories. I really think that all of life’s problems can be solved with chocolate and boy oh boys these brownies look amazing.(Just pinned that so I can make these later, we need lots of chocolate around here during exam time) Charlie is a sweetheart and I have been enjoying your photos of him on instagram, especially the one of him jumping into the lake. Great shot! Have a super week. BAM


InTolerant Chef May 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Oh how funny Maureen- when it doesn’t happen to me! My Dad got pooped on by a fruit bat all down his white sport jacket and it was never the same again. I hope your week improved, your fantabulous brownies look like just the pick-me-up needed after that type of experience :)


Chantal May 20, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Hi Maureen, I hope you are doing well!
You made me laugh so much as I was reading your story!
It was lunch time and there was no nobody in the open space so I could laugh as I wanted.
Poor Maureen! There are some days, you don’t know really why, every thing is against you right?
I’am a huge fan of your fudgy brownies and you are right there are fabulous!
Take good care of you


Kitchen Belleicious May 20, 2014 at 10:18 pm

fabulously is right! Amazing, incredible perfection are other adjectives you should have used:) LOL! they look out of this world


Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl May 21, 2014 at 5:51 am

These are totally fabulous! And delicious! And wonderful! Come to me pretty brownies!


Marie May 21, 2014 at 6:51 am

Maureen – what are the chances? That’s funny and not funny! I would have made brownies too and those look amazing!


maryfrancescooks May 21, 2014 at 7:34 am

Maureen, those brownies look intoxicating, simply decadent!
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Emma @ Bake Then Eat May 21, 2014 at 7:57 am

Oh dear it does sound like an unfortunate week you have had, but all’s well that ends well! I am glad to hear you are all back on the mend and posting yummy recipes again and wow do those brownies look delicious! So fudgy and moreish, yum, yum, yum wish I had one now :)
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Abbe@This is How I Cook May 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I was pooped on by a raven guarding the Tower of London. A guard told me it was good luck. I didn’t think so. But I am guessing you are now doubly lucky. I know I would be if surrounded by Charlie with his own Instagram account and these brownies! Hope you are clean and feeling better!
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GiGi Eats May 21, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Oh no no no! These, whoa. I think they need some white chocolate chips! ;)


Kari @ bite-sized thoughts May 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I suspect if a bird pooped on my head, a fudgy chocolate dessert would be far from my mind ;) However, given one hasn’t (and I’m safely inside at present!), these look fantastic!
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Ella-HomeCookingAdventure May 22, 2014 at 2:19 am

I saw them first on Instagram. They are totally irresistible .


Donalyn@TheCreeksideCook May 22, 2014 at 2:55 am

Oh dear – sorry for the troubles you’ve been having, BUt I think these brownies would help to get over it! Hope your husband continues to feel better!
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Ilan May 22, 2014 at 7:55 am

I hope you both are feeling better, or do so soon!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen bats before, let alone have they pooped on me. So consider yourself lucky! :)

The brownies look fabulous fudgey! Ha :)
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Kacy's Fresh Fruit May 22, 2014 at 8:36 am

I totally don’t get how being pooped on is considered lucky in some places – what the? Anyways, lovely way to introduce a recipe about Brownies!
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Marie @citronlimette May 23, 2014 at 9:08 am

These brownies look absolutely delicious. Fun story.


Tammy May 24, 2014 at 1:46 am

You are one brave woman, Maureen. If I saw a tree full of bats I probably would have screamed and ran in the opposite direction…Unless one of them magically turned into Alexander Skarsgard ;) …moving right along. Those brownies! :D All that fudgy goodness is irresistible. Sooo heavenly.

And OMG. Charlie has is own Instagram?! ^_^ I will be following…I should probably get Inka on Instagram so they can follow one another ;)



Kim | a little lunch May 24, 2014 at 5:19 am

Maureen, I’m so sorry to hear about your aerial troubles and cold and car problems, too, but these brownies seem like the perfect way to cope with the madness! Birds have it out for me as well, but I’ve never had a run-in with a bat. (Keep your fingers crossed!)
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Holly | Beyond Kimchee May 24, 2014 at 5:56 am

Okay, I need a tall glass of milk right now. Your brownies look divine. I will sink my teeth into one anytime. You dog is so cute. I have 9 month Labradoodle and she is a cutie. You inspired me to open her Instagram account!


Karen (Back Road Journal) May 24, 2014 at 9:50 am

I’m so sorry that you and John were not well and to add to the misery you got pooped on. But if that led to these gooey, fudgy brownies, please forgive me if I have a smile on my face. :D
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Sara | Belly Rumbles May 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm

So when did the poop magnet get installed in your head? How unfortunate, and yes, I did giggle a little, sorry.

Brownies look stunningly delicious.
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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes May 25, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Sorry about the struggles. Hope everyone is feeling better. I remember visiting Port Douglas and being astonished at the huge bats just hanging out in the trees. I’d want one of your decadent fudgy brownied to cheer me up too.


Amanda (@lambsearshoney) May 26, 2014 at 10:13 am

Maureen, all I can say is I hope you bought a couple of lottery tickets!
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Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens May 26, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Oh my gosh – you’re totally hilarious! First the incredibly awful yet outrageously funny story of being ill, walking home and getting pooped on (twice!!) – I mean, how low can things get all in one series of events?!?!? And then Charlie gets his own Instagram! For sure what you need to cheer you up/celebrate a dog on Instagram is brownies! (Well, actually brownies are pretty much what you need for any occasion, right?!?) These look completely amazing! And hey – I do sure hope that this coming week is better …
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Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen May 27, 2014 at 6:48 am

Oh dear, it really wasn’t your day. I hate it when bus drivers have tunnel vision! However… dunno about bat poop, Maureen, but bird poop is supposed to be lucky! Quick buy a lottery ticket!

Anyway, alls well that ends well and I couldn’t think of a finer ending than these brownies. Good call for a spirit-lifting treat!


Kathy May 27, 2014 at 11:02 am

Hope you and John are feeling better. Your brownies look fantastic…hope this week will be a better one for you!
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lizzie @ strayedtable May 27, 2014 at 11:34 am

How unlucky were you to get pooped on by a bat and a crow. Good to know about the crow poo as I sit under a tree each afternoon with them usually sitting in the top – I might find a new spot. Those brownies look awesomely fudgy I really wanted some the other day and still yet to make them to give me the fix that I need. Will have to give them a whirl. Hope you are well otherwise.


milkteaxx May 27, 2014 at 4:52 pm

ive had brownies craving all week, as in to bake them but not eat them!


Rosemarie May 27, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Oh dear! Any kind of falling poop is bad news! But those brownies look delish! Could turn any frown upside down.
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Iron Chef Shellie May 27, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Charlie is tooooo cute!

It’s all about brownies lately. I really must make another batch soon too! x


La Cuisine Helene May 27, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Your dog is so cute. Brownies are always a dessert that I love to bake and that we enjoy eating usually top with ice cream and warm chocolate sauce. Love yours!
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Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl May 28, 2014 at 5:34 am

These brownies are screaming my name to try them! They look fudgy and just about perfect!


Krissie - Pearls of Style May 28, 2014 at 10:22 am

Oh Maureen, what a day! That would be awful, those bats scare me with their diseases I would have freaked out. At least there were lovely brownies at the end of it all; they look so delicious – I’d take these kind of fudgey brownies over cake any day, definitely a favourite of mine.

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Merryn@merrynsmenu May 28, 2014 at 1:17 pm

What a lovely chocolate brownie recipe, this reminds I haven’t cooked brownies, well, this year :D I will cook yours Maureen. Unbelievable about receiving two poops, dare I say it comes in threes? Seriously, they say being pooped on is good luck, so go with your double bout of good luck :D


Jeremy May 28, 2014 at 10:07 pm

A truly mouth watering pic. I can’t wait to cook it. The recipe sounds not very difficult even to me with my minimum experience. I hope I’ll cope with it. Thanks for your clear guideliens.
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Chaya May 28, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Those brownies are beauties. They do look super fudgy, the best kind of brownie.


Barbara | Creative Culinary May 29, 2014 at 10:48 am

Wish I wasn’t laughing so hard Maureen but, well, it was impossible not to! After that I would this entire tray of brownies all by myself.


Laura @ Family Spice May 30, 2014 at 10:50 am

Fudgy brownies always makes me feel better! And bat poop?! Crazy day indeed!


Amy @ Elephant Eats June 3, 2014 at 5:07 am

Holy cow do those look fudgy!!! Just the way I like my brownies :) Haha, omg, what a story…you know what they say though, it’s good luck when a bird poops on you! I wonder if the same holds true for bath poo…you’ll have to let us know ;)


Sarah & Arkadi June 9, 2014 at 7:26 am

fantastic looking brownies! so chocolaty!
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Claire June 17, 2014 at 6:14 am

I lost my favourite brownie recipe so I’m going to print thi sone out and I’ll give it a whirl – I’m looking for that elusive fudging gooey thing!!


Kiran @ KiranTarun.com June 29, 2014 at 4:12 am

Hope you’ve recovered from it all, Maureen — i would, with this decadently fudgy brownies :)
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