Once you make these you will realize packaged brownie mixes are unnecessary. Seriously.
Oh my gosh can I just say I've had the longest week??? And, IT IS WEDNESDAY. And dada is working restaurant job the next three nights. Hi solo parenting.
So, you see the need for brownies.
First off. You can't just try to make this recipe healthy. I mean, if you don't want to eat sugar and butter and chocolate then DONT MAKE BROWNIES. Right???? I've seen dubious recipes on Pinterest using figs instead of sugar or coconut oil instead of butter. Okay that one does work. Or using gluten-free flour. Just, no. Don't do it.
And these are truly so good you will want to horde them for yourself and hide them in the microwave like I do. I assume I'm not the only one who uses the microwave to hide treats, right?
You have to melt the butter. A whole stick. You can do this in a saucepan, or if you are fancy in a heat resistant bowl in a saucepan of barely simmering water. This is the proper way. Once the butter is melted add roughly a cup of granulated sugar, I added less last time, a teaspoon of vanilla, 3/4 cup or less of cocoa powder and half a teaspoon of salt. Stir until smooth, heat on low, until the sugar has dissolved. You can do this by melting butter in the microwave too but then the sugar doesn't dissolve as well. A note. I have made this for my lactose intolerant friend using a combo of coconut oil and veg oil. It worked perfectly.
Now let cool for a bit then whisk in two eggs, quickly. Now add half a cup of flour. And a handful of chocolate chips. No nuts. I mean, you can if you want to but to me there are two kinds of people in the world, those who eat brownies with nuts and those who, properly like myself, do not. If you must, add just a handful.
Now bake for 20min at 325. Or longer, but not too much longer. This will fill an 8x8 pan. Make sure you butter it. You can tell brownies are done when you can smell the chocolate in the air. I'm not joking either. A friend told me this twenty years ago and darn if she's not totally spot on.
Seriously. I eat a tiny corner and I can barely take it, I'm so sensitive to sugar these days, but sometimes, man, it's worth it.
You must try and report back.
Cheers mamas!!! Happy Wednesday!