darkwolfie's reaction was awesome. He said, "I want you to make these brownies every day for the rest of your life!" They really did come out awesome -- fudgy without being rawish, the way box brownies sometimes are. The surface doesn't have that shiny surface like box brownies (actually, it looks very much like a cake), but they're OMFG good.
I'm going to try the recipe again, mostly changing the eggs -- I had jumbo eggs in the fridge, and the recipe calls for large, so there may be more egg in these brownies than is actually called for. I might try a 9x9 pan instead of the 8x8 called for, too. They were a little thicker than I'm used to.
Overall, a total success, I must say. Num.