I will never buy boxed brownie mix again..homemade brownies

I saw on a blog a receipe for easy homemade brownies.  I was skeptical.  Of course, I had nothing to lose because I have never had success in making brownies from the box.  The sides are always rock hard and they don’t taste that great.  I have found a new indulgence from the following receipe.  From Commonsensehome.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsifted all-purpose flour, unbleached, unbromated
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional

Directions:  In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla, blend until smooth.  In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients.  Gradually blend dry ingredients into sugar mixture, stirring until just blended.  Do not overmix.  Nuts may be added at this time, or sprinkled over some or all of the batter in the pan just prior to baking.

Spread batter evenly in a greased 8 inch square baking pan, or an 8 inch round or heart shaped pan or double the batch and use a 9×13 pyrex baking dish. 

Bake metal pans 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees F, glass pans 30-35 minutes at 335 degrees, until edges are set.  Watch your oven times. Mine cooks higher than others so I checked mine at 20 minutes and at 25 minutes and they were done.  Just stick a toothpick in the center and see if it comes out clean.  Center will be soft but will firm up at the brownies cool.  DON’T OVERBAKE!  Only the edges should be set up when you take the pan out of the oven.  If they’re coming out on the dry side, bake them for less time or drop the temp, or both.  I always bake in a heavy glass pan, so that takes longer to bake then metal, and doesn’t dry out as quickly.

THese are sooo soo much better than any box mix and softer and just have a great taste.  My mom when I told her about them said “See why my generation was spoiled on home cooking.” yeah I do mom, Yes I do…

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