The World’s Best [and Easiest] Brownies

These are so good and so easy, that you will never, ever buy the boxed ones again. The girls had their first baking successes with this recipe and I believe they still make them to this day. Little old ladies have come to blows over the last plate of them at church Bake Sales. You don’t need to resort to violence though – now you can make your own!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan – I like to use glass ones, but metal works too.

In a saucepan melt:
1 cup butter

Remove from heat and mix in very thoroughly:
2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla

Into that, add
4 eggs – 1 at a time, mixing each one in quickly and thoroughly.

Now mix in:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Optional additions, any 1, combo or all – 1 cup chopped nuts, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup raisins, 1 cup mini marshmallows.

Turn into the greased pan and spread evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes – the toothpick should actually not comes out entirely clean for these, if you like them nice and fudgy.
If you prefer a more cake like texture, you can reduce the eggs to 3 and increase the flour to 1 and 1/2 cups, plus just a touch more baking powder.

Want to decrease the fat? Sub applesauce for half of the butter and use 5 egg whites instead of the whole eggs. I would probably throw a 1/2 cup of finely ground oatmeal too – that will increase the fiber which mitigates some of the carbs a bit. This version is going be a bit more cakelike but they are still very yummy.

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9 Responses to The World’s Best [and Easiest] Brownies

  1. Lori says:

    OK, WHY are you posting brownie pictures at 8am. Now I am day-dreaming of dunking them in my coffee! It is a good thing I don’t have any cocoa in the house or I’d probably be baking right now! Somehow my slimfast shake will not be so satisfying today….

  2. JeNNifeR says:

    I would so eat those right now. Before lunch. With total disregard to their nutritional value. Yumm.

  3. HeyJules says:

    Mmm…works for me!

  4. Alison says:

    they sound yummy!! do you need my address to mail me some?

  5. Dirty Pirate Hooker says:

    Those sound yummy. I will have to go buy some cocoa powder and make those this weekend with my little chunk, I mean punk.

  6. Katherine Aucoin says:

    These brownies look delicious. I will try them. My girls would rather hsve brownies than anything else. I know your brownies will be a winner.

    Also, thank you for you kind words and for visiting my blog. I am enjoying reading your blog.

  7. minnesotamom says:

    OH dear. Brownies are almost as good as cookies…these might have to get made very, very soon!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I made these on Saturday and you are right these are the world’s best brownies. The were also easy to make. Thank you for sharing.
    Barb :)

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