My grandma got the recipe from her friend, Gratia. So, my mom has always called these "Gratia's Brownies". When I was little, I thought she was calling them "Gracias Brownies". I knew gracias was Spanish for thank you, so I assumed they were gracias brownies because they were so good that you had to say thank you. It's logical, right?
4 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups sugar ½ tsp. baking powder
1 cup melted margarine 4 sq. melted bitter chocolate
1 cup flour 1 cup chopped nuts
Cream eggs and sugar, add melted margarine, then vanilla. Add flour and baking powder, then chocolate, then nuts. Mix until blended.
Bake at 350 for 30 - 35 minutes.
This is the cocoa we use:
The recipe does call for melted bitter chocolate, so you can use other kinds. But we have always always used this kind and it's kind of like a sin to not. (And we've spent quality time going from grocery store to grocery store stocking up on choco bake.)
Also, if you're short on choco bake, substituting one TBSP Nutella for one square of choco bake is definitely a good idea.
Also, these brownies are good without nuts. But they are DIVINE with them. Not just because I love me some walnuts, but because they change the texture and make them just slightly more fudgey. And I am a fan of that.