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.