AUTHORS, THEY’RE ONLY HUMAN: Big Fat Yummy Brownies By Author Jo E. Pinto

Big Fat Yummy Brownies
Jo E. Pinto

Good morning campbellsworld visitors Bookworms and bakers everywhere.
This morning in our Authors, They’re Only Human Column Author Jo E. Pinto has once again come to us to starve me to death.
ERM? I mean to share a wonderfully yummy recipe.

Her Big Fat Yummy Brownie Recipe sounds delicious.
I hope one day to get to try it.

In the meantime, here she is to starve you too. LOL!

Make sure to keep reading after the recipe to find out all about Jo and her magnificent book.

Hi, Jo here with a recipe that is sure to please the most addicted of chocolate addicts.

I love making brownies when I have the time and energy and all of the ingredients in my kitchen at once, which doesn’t happen often enough. I came up with my recipe by combining a couple of others that I unashamedly stole from friends and family, then tasting till I got everything just right–mostly because I got tired of skinny little puny brownies. If I want chocolate, I want chocolate! A big, fat chunk of it! These brownies are heavy, rich, and thick in the pan.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

1-1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (yes, I said cups)
1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter
5 eggs
3 cups sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (yes, tablespoon, not teaspoon)
1-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts or semisweet chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 by 13-inch pan.

Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat or in a glass bowl in a microwave, stirring often; set aside.

With an electric mixer, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla for several minutes.

Alternately blend in chocolate mixture with flour and salt until just mixed.

Stir in the nuts or semisweet chocolate chips, if using. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 35-40 minutes. (Don’t overbake. Brownies are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out sticky but not doughy.)

Cool completely before cutting. Cut into squares about two by three inches across.

*Patty back to ask…
Does that not sound absolutely Yummilicious?

So, what does Jo do when she is not starving us with her wonderful recipes?
Read on to find out.
Thanks for dropping into campbellsworld and come again real soon.


“The Bright Side of Darkness” Is an award-winning novel, Available in Kindle, audio, and paperback formats.

About the author…
J. E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.

Pinto’s Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. J. E. Pinto lives with her family in Colorado where she works as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audio books. One of her favorite pastimes is taking a nature walk with her service dog.

The Bright Side of Darkness won a first place Indie Book Award for “First Novel over Eighty Thousand Words,” as well as First Place for “Inspirational Fiction.” The novel also won several awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association: First Place for “Inspirational Fiction,” Second Place for “Audio Book,” and First Place for “Literary and Contemporary Fiction.


Rick Myers, an orphan without much faith in the future, and Daisy Bettencourt, a blind girl who is running from an alcoholic father and a set of overprotective foster parents, cross paths at a high school baseball game and make their way together. Daisy becomes the bright spot in Rick’s universe as he and his four lifelong friends–Tim, Mark, and the twins–battle the forces of poverty and hopelessness. Mark’s grandma dies of heart failure, and Tim’s stepdad is arrested on felony child abuse charges, leaving them, like Rick and Daisy, with no authority figures in their lives.
Rick and Daisy are trailed by a fat man in a battered green jeep who makes Rick more and more uneasy as the weeks pass. Then, just when Rick discovers an interest in the culinary field and decides to complete his education, the bottom drops out of his world.


There’s nothing a damn bit bright about sunshine when you’re seventeen and you see it from the wrong side of a jail cell window.
It isn’t that I’m moping for my lost freedom or anything. I wouldn’t give a half a crap for my life anymore now that the crew is scattered to the four winds, and all I have left of Daisy is her parting note in the waistband of my jeans and a wilted dandelion dangling between my fingers. But it seems to me that the Man Upstairs could have marked my downfall with a terrific thunderstorm or at least a few nasty black clouds out of the west.
When there’s a war or a funeral or some other sad thing going on in the movies, the sky usually turns dark and ugly, and the rain pours down in buckets. The longer I stare at the square of sunlight streaming through the tiny window of my cell and stealing across the floor, the lonelier I feel. August 27, 1986, is slipping by the same as every other hot, heavy day, and I’m the only one in the world who knows that nothing will ever be all right again.
It hasn’t always been this way. I ought to have known better than to believe I could reach out and snag a piece of paradise, but for a little while I had it on my fingertips. Breaks are hard to come by for kids from the projects, though, and sure enough, all I ended up with at the last second was empty hands.
I’m doing my level best to hold off a flood of memories, but my mind keeps drifting back to the sweltering summer evening when the chain of events began that shattered my world into a zillion pieces. First thing tomorrow morning, some juvenile court judge will decide if my life is worth rebuilding. Maybe he’ll have better luck with my future than I did with my past.

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About Patty L. Fletcher

Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. And as a Social Media Promotional Assistant. She is the owner and creator of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger Business Assist), and is the published author of two books, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life and Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye: Volume One. She can also be found in two anthologies which are, December Awethology Light And A Treasure Chest of Children’s Tales. She is now working on her third book which is to be a memoir trilogy called, ‘Pathway To Freedom: Broken and Healed’.
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