Seriously. The. Best. Brownies. Go ahead. Make them and you'll see. And if you think you have a better recipe, SEND IT TO ME! I'd love to compare! Okay - and a little poll -- do you leave out the nuts when you make cookies/brownies/fudge? I love nuts in mine, but no one else in the family does. To quote, "only women eat nuts". Whatever.
From Ina Garten's The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
* 1 pound unsalted butter
* 1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
* 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
* 6 extra-large eggs
* 3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
* 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
* 2 1/4 cups sugar
* 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 3 cups chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter and flour a 12 x 18 x 1-inch baking sheet.
Melt together the butter, 1 pound of chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate in a medium bowl over simmering water. Allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee granules, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.
In a medium bowl, sift together 1 cup of flour, the baking powder, and salt. Add to the cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the walnuts and 12 ounces of chocolate chips in a medium bowl with 1/4 cup of flour, then add them to the chocolate batter. Pour into the baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, then rap the baking sheet against the oven shelf to force the air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Bake for about 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake! Allow to cool thoroughly, refrigerate, and cut into 20 large squares.