it’s so easy to fall back on boxed brownie mix when we really want a brownie. it’s easy, you only need a few ingredients, and they always come out the same. well, now you will have a “go to” recipe for brownies in your arsenal and hopefully, you won’t need that box mix crutch any more. give this recipe a try and ween yourself off of all those nasty chemicals and additives they put in those mixes. plus, they’re delectable!
brownies (makes 12)
2 sticks butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa (use the good stuff)
1 tablespoon instant espresso or coffee powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
preheat oven to 350 degrees. grease a 13 by 9-inch pan. in a mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs. stir in the flour, cocoa, coffee and salt. mix until well combined (don’t over mix though or you’ll get a tough brownie). add the chocolate chips and pour into the prepared pan. bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until set (the top should be dry to the touch). cool and cut into 12 squares.
you can put your own twist on this recipe by adding nuts or dried cherries or anything you think would be delicious. i’m a purest when it comes to brownies so, to me, these are perfect as is. i hope these satiate your chocolate needs and keep you off the box stuff. really, you don’t need it anymore!
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