Saturday, March 2, 2013

Homemade Brownies

Before this week, I've always made brownies from a box mix. And since they were good and easy to make, I never thought about making them from scratch. Why bother?

Well, who knew how EASY it was to make brownies at home from scratch? These are just about as easy as from a box, really. And not just any brownies, but the most delicious brownies I've ever had! With ingredients I always have on hand! After making this recipe twice in the last two days, I am in trouble for sure. 

Mmm-mmm better brownies

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt (pinch)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; gradually stir into the egg mixture until well blended. Stir in walnuts, if desired. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the brownie begins to pull away from edges of pan. Let cool on a wire rack before cutting into squares.

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