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.
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit degrees.
- In a small bowl, mix together (by hand) the cocoa powder, flour and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a small pot, melt the butter then turn off the heat.
- Whisk in the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.
- 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.
- Spray a small pan with non-stick vegetable oil.
- Pour in batter.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes maximum.
- 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)