Blackberry Brownies

After entering Once Upon A Tart's Browniebabe of the Month last month, I knew I'd be doing it again in May.

This time, again, a trip to Whole Foods inspired me. (They opened one about a quarter of a mile away from my apartment - how fabulous is that?) Organic blackberries, on sale for $1.99. And then that lovely click of "Hmm... I wonder if that would work" happened, thus Blackberry Brownies were born.

How'd they turn out? Delicious. VERY moist. I almost feel like they should have a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream on them and be served as dessert, maybe with some melted blackberry jam on there, too.

3/4 cup cocoa
½ tsp. baking soda
2/3 cup butter, melted and divided
½ cup boiling water
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1-1/3 cups flour
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. salt
2 pints blackberries

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 13x9-inch baking pan.

Stir together the cocoa and baking soda in mixing bowl; add 1/3 cup butter, mixing well. Add boiling water, stir until mixture thickens. Stir in sugar, eggs, and remaining 1/3 cup butter. Add flour, vanilla, and salt. Blend completely. Pour half of the batter into prepared pan. Gently place blackberries on top of batter. Cover berries with the remaining batter.

Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes, or until edges begin to pull away from the sides. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

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