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The Perfect Brownie

When I was a teenager, I used to stock up the Betty Crocker instant brownie mix whenever they go on sale. $0.99 was the target price and that was when I'd load up my grocery basket. Whenever it's pouring outside or when I feel like having something sweet, I'd take out my box of Betty Crocker instant brownie mix and whip myself up a batch. It was quick and delicious. It never occurred to me to make brownies from scratch. I found out just yesterday that brownies from scratch is even easier and more delicious than an instant mix. Plus, I don't need to wait around for a sale price. 

The Perfect Brownie

The Perfect Brownie

Brownie Recipe

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together (by hand) the cocoa powder, flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a small pot, melt the butter then turn off the heat.
  4. Whisk in the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Very important: Do not over mix. Over mixing will create air pockets which will make the brownie cakey.
  6. Spray a small pan with non-stick vegetable oil.
  7. Pour in batter.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes maximum.
  9. Let it cool completely before removing it from pan or cutting into the brownie (This is from first-hand experience. Otherwise, you will be disappointed and you will cry)