Years ago, a dear friend was at my house for lunch and we were craving something chocolate (I know you're surprised!). She suggested the brownie recipe on the Hershey cocoa powder container. And POOF, the rest is history.
I never buy brownie mixes anymore. These are WAY better. We generally always have the ingredients on hand. Which is a good and a bad thing, of course.
Now that I've experimented a bit, here is the very best way to make them.
(the depressing part is that I can type this from memory)
(which may have something to do, in a vague way, with the extra 15 pounds I'm carrying around)
Here's what you do:
Melt two sticks of butter in a microwave safe mixing bowl.
Stir in two cups of white sugar.
Add four eggs, one at a time, beating between additions.
Two teaspoons of vanilla.
Stir in carefully 3/4 C of cocoa powder.
Measure out 1 C of unbleached all purpose flour.
On top of the measured flour, spoon 1/2 t baking powder and 1/4 t salt.
Add to chocolate mixture and stir.
Mix in 1 C of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Spread in greased 9x13 cake pan.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 min.
Take them out before you think they are done.
(in my oven, 25 minutes is perfect)
They are fine without the chocolate chips, but not as good.
However, you can add 1 C of nuts to this basic recipe. I use chopped pecans, but if you like walnuts, that's good, too.
You can also use white chocolate chips, instead of the semi-sweet. And nuts. YUM! That's what I did the last time I made them and they were fabulous.
Today, Son (#3) made them with Reese's pieces instead of chocolate chips. I'm sure they'll be delish!
Except that he didn't count before he made them and we only had two eggs.
And then he added soda instead of baking powder.
(I don't recommend that)
Anyway, you can stir in pretty much anything and these always come out delicious and rich and irresistible. (my favorite is 1/2 chocolate chips, 1/2 M&M's - but don't tell)
And that's all I'm sayin'.
1 C Butter
2 C White Sugar
2 t Vanilla
3/4 C Cocoa Powder
1 C Unbleached All-purpose White Flour
1/2 t Baking Powder
1/4 t Salt
1 C Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Heat oven to 350. Grease 9x13 baking pan. Microwave butter to melt in a mixing bowl. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in cocoa. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread in baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes.
Let cool before serving.