From Scratch Brownies

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Before I ventured into the world of baking, I never even realized you could make brownies without dumping the ingredients out of a box into a bowl, adding an egg and oil or water.  The processed brownie mix usually tasted okay, but after I made the conscious choice to cook and bake from scratch for my family in order to do my best to avoid overly processed foods, I realized how easy making brownies from scratch was.  AND how unbelievably better they taste.  AND did I say easy, already?  They are almost just as easy as dumping that mix from a box in a bowl.

This recipe is so easy, in fact, that Little Miss 4-year-old almost made the entire batch herself.  I helped her on the cocoa step because it can be a little messy, but other than that, she did the rest.

Right now, the smell of brownies baking in the oven is torturing my kiddos.  These take a little time to bake and cool, and the rich cocoa smells divine.  What you get are brownies that are light, yet chewy.  The perfect texture, and best of all…I know exactly what is in them.  No preservatives or artificial colors, just real food.

Ingredients to make these brownies:

2 sticks of butter (1 Cup of butter), softened

2 Cups of white sugar

1 tsp of vanilla extract

4 large eggs

1/2 tsp of baking soda

1/2 tsp of salt

2/3 Cup cocoa powder

1 Cup all-purpose flour

Procedure:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees if you are using a metal baking pan or 335 degrees if you are using a glass pan.  Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan using the wrappers from your two sticks of butter.  

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Cream together the softened butter and sugar, then add your eggs and vanilla, mixing until smooth.  We do this by hand, so there are a few small pieces of butter visible, but they will melt into the brownies as they bake.

Sprinkle your salt and baking powder on top and mix in.  Then add your cocoa and slowly incorporate it until there is no dry cocoa visible.

Homemade brownies from scratch

Stir in your flour just until it is fully incorporated.  You don’t want to overmix this batter.

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Smooth your batter into your prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until the edges are set.  You do not want to overbake your brownies because they will continue to firm up after you pull them out of the oven.

Let the brownies cool completely before cutting and enjoy — I’m 100% sure if you make these, you won’t go back to box mix again.  Why am I so sure?  All the neighborhood kids love these brownies and say they are the best they’ve ever tasted.  Kid tested, right?  Enjoy!

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