Recipe: The Best Brownies Ever (and just as easy as a mix!)

This is my mom’s brownie recipe.  It’s super easy and just about as fast to make as a brownie mix, but so much better.  When I was in high school, we used to triple it and bake it in a turkey roasting pan for youth group.  Even with that many, they were gone so fast!  They’re absolutely heavenly when warm but stay good for a day or two out on the counter and last a long time in the freezer (if you can leave them there that long).  I like to eat them frozen even!  They’re also good with peanut butter on top, which makes them really healthy, obviously.  Enjoy!

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Brownies
from my mom
makes 24 brownies (or more or less, depending on how you cut them)
the amounts in parentheses are for a 1/3 batch, when you’re really craving brownies but you don’t want to make a whole pan and you’re also almost out of cocoa powder.  Yes, this was me a while ago! :)

1 C butter (1/3 C, which is 5 and 2/3 T)
¾ C cocoa powder (1/4 C)
1 ¾ C sugar (1/3 +1/4 C)
1 tsp vanilla (scant 1/2 tsp)

Melt the butter.  Mix in the cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla until all lumps are gone and the batter is smooth.

3 large eggs (1)
Beat in each egg thoroughly, one at a time, make sure to fully incorporate each one.  By the end of the third egg, all the butter/cocoa powder mixture should be fully incorporated.  Make sure to scrape off the spoon into the bowl before you finish stirring (to get off any butter/cocoa that’s not mixed in).

1 ¼ C all-purpose flour (1/3 C + 1 T + 1 tsp)
½ tsp baking powder (scant ¼ tsp)
½ tsp salt (scant ¼ tsp)

Add the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Mix until just combined.

Spread evenly in a greased 9×13 pan (or a loaf pan if making the 1/3 amount)* and bake in a 350 oven for 25-30 minutes until just set (less time for the smaller amount.)  Try not to over-bake.  If you like your brownies on the fudge side, then you could even under-bake them a bit.

*1/4 C chopped walnuts (optional)
If using, sprinkle them over the surface of the brownies before baking.  I love them with walnuts but am so lazy that I haven’t bothered to add them for years.  Perhaps this is a good reason to make another batch! :)

Cut them in the pan and serve.  Try not to eat the whole pan, like our covenant group almost did the other night.

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