The DD and her boyfriend Josh licking the bowl.
The finished cake.
The DD and DS, with their significant others, enjoying the brownies, despite the fact they had consumed about 50 latkes each. And rumor has it that Josh at seven brownies. (Oh, to be young again!)
Line the pan with parchment or foil so you can lift the finished product whole from the pan. This makes cutting and serving them a snap.
What remained was modern (brownie) art.
I used cocoa powder instead of the chocolate, as I was rushing and didn't want to wait even a few minutes for the chocolate to melt. I also did not use nuts (the DS hates them), and mixed the chocolate chips into the batter at the end. I also used 1/2 tbls. of instant coffee granules (the Italian expresso kind) and added about a tsp. of vanilla, as I couldn't really read that ingredient amount well.
*This bit of family friend archeology is from Olive's son Stephen. Dottie lives in Marblehead, Mass., near where Olive did.