Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
Grease a 9-inch square pan.
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons water
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1- 12 ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup chopped pecans- optional
Combine sugar, butter, and water in a sauce pan. Bring it to a boil and remove from heat. You can also use a microwave to bring it to a boil. It will take about 2 minutes on high if you choose that method.
Put half the chocolate chips in a bowl with the vanilla extract. Pour the hot sugar/butter/water mixture over the chips and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
Let that mixture cool. While you are waiting: mix the flour and baking soda in a small bowl.
After the mixture has cooled, add your eggs one at a time. Beat well after each one.
Add the flour mixture and stir until smooth.
Now, you add the remaining chocolate chips and the nuts, if you are using them.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Put into the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when you stick it in the middle.
These will come out of the pan best if you cool completely before cutting.
If you cannot wait til the batter is cooled before adding the eggs and rest of the ingredients, they will still taste good. But the chocolate chips may melt into the rest of the batter.
I hope you enjoy these brownies as much as my family and I do.