Brownies are the easiest holiday gifts to whip out of the kitchen. Just start with a basic, moist brownie recipe and you can create several delightful versions. Mix in liqueurs to the basic ganache frosting or blend in your favourite nuts (I prefer my brownies sans the nuts) and spiced dried fruits to the batter and voila, you've elevated the homely brownie to a whole new level!
Here's my favourite standard moist brownie recipe:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sifted all purpose flour
1 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Cream butter, sugar , eggs and beat well. Blend in melted chocolate, all purpose flour and vanilla. Mix in nuts if you like and pour batter into a greased square pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.