Monday, December 2, 2013

Quick and Easy Brownies (as easy as a brownie mix!)

I volunteered to take brownies to a chocolate fondue party.  I had one hour to make them.  One hour.  Then I had an appointment and wouldn't get home until almost time to leave for the party.  I had a brownie mix in my pantry, so I wasn't worried.  At least not until I opened the mix to find the mix had gone bad.  It had a terrible smell.  Aagh!!  So I ran to my computer and went to my favorite site- and searched "QUICK brownies."   This recipe came up.  I honestly had it made and in the oven as fast as if it had been a mix. It took me 45 minutes start to finish.  I left them to cool and came home and cut them up and off we went to the party.  And they were yummy and moist.  I may never buy a brownie mix again!

Quick and Easy Brownies
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional

Heat oven to 350.  Put all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon.  Don't overmix. Spread into a greased 13x9 pan.   Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.  Don't overbake.  Brownies are best if they're chewy.  When cool, you can sprinkle them with powdered sugar or frost them with chocolate frosting, if desired.  Cut and store in airtight container.

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