This is a recipe my sister started making for Christmas...giving it away in little tins...years ago. It is a Baker's Chocolate recipe I think. It is wonderful with or without the walnuts.
Walnut Raspberry Brownies
3 squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 c shortening
1 1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 c flour
1 1/2 c chopped walnuts
1/3 c seedless raspberry jam
Melt chocolate with shortening, cool slightly.
Blend together eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt; stir in chocolate mixture, then flour. (hint: Mix these ingredients by hand, not with a mixer. A mixer makes the eggs too fluffy and gives the brownies a different texture. The brownies are supposed to have the consistency of fudge....or a little brownier than fudge.)
Fold in walnuts. Pour into well greased 8 inch square pan. Bake at 325 for about 40 minutes.
Spoon jam over hot brownies, letting it sink in. Let cool.
Make velvet chocolate glaze to spread over cooled brownies.
Velvet Chocolate Glaze
1 square of unsweet chocolate in microwave.
2 Tblsp each of butter and light corn syrup.
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 Tblsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
Mix well. Spread over cooled brownies. When frosting is set, cut into 1 inch squares and place on a beautiful platter with a paper doily.